The Georgia Senate passed a bill that will allow an investigation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The Killeen Daily Herald reports:
The Georgia Senate advanced bills Friday to allow investigations of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and ban ranked-choice voting — election-year proposals pushed by Republicans and passed on party lines.
Democrats and Raffensperger opposed Senate Bill 358, saying it’s a power grab that could be used to cast doubt on the Republican secretary of state’s certification of the presidential election later this year. Raffensperger, a Republican, has taken blame from his own party for upholding the election that Donald Trump lost over three years ago.
“There’s a blatant attempt to stack the deck when there’s a move to sideline someone simply because they stood by the truth,” said state Sen. Nabilah Islam Parkes, a Democrat from Duluth.
The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Max Burns, said he wasn’t suggesting that Raffensperger’s work is in question, but he wants additional supervision of elections. The bill would also remove Raffensperger’s position as a nonvoting member of the State Election Board.
“This will enhance the confidence Georgians have in their elections because now we’ll have a more independent oversight opportunity to ensure elections are conducted appropriately and without any errors or issues,” said Burns, a Republican from Sylvania.
The election board is currently made up of four Republicans and one Democrat. The board is appointed by the governor, the Republican-controlled House and Senate, and the two major political parties.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger apparently wasn’t happy about this bill. He reportedly shared that “some are choosing to play footsie with election denialism and continue to attack Secretary Raffensperger because he was the Republican with the largest margin of victory, last election. It’s sad.”
Georgia citizen Joe Rossi shared in reply that Raffensperger’s comment was “pathetic and insulting”.
Rest assured we will continue to be respectful, relentless and factual. We won’t engage in childish “playing footsie” accusations.