"Democrats ask FBI Director Wray to open criminal probe into Trump after leaked phone call - Reps. Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice wrote that they believe Trump "engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes. 'The security of Georgia's elections is of the utmost importance. It's to my son Brenton J. Raffensperger who passed away two years ago,' Raffensperger said during a press conference on Wednesday. America Votes, which calls itself 'the coordination hub of the progressive community,' sent two absentee ballot applications in one week to an individual at an address where they had not resided since July 1994, Raffensperger said. [34] Trump continued to promote false claims about the electoral process after certification; some Trump supporters harassed or threatened Raffensperger, his wife, and Raffensperger aide Sterling, the state voting system implementation manager, including death threats. ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters Wednesday that a voter advocacy group sent voter registration reminders to his dead son… [19] During his campaign, Raffensperger "said he would reduce government bureaucracy, support voter ID laws and push for verifiable paper ballots when Georgia replaces its electronic voting machines. Previously, the Fulton County tax commissioner personally collected fees from tax liens and sales of tax liens to private collection companies, allowing him to amass $200,000 over a four-year period. The comments below have not been moderated. "[26] After encountering opposition, the proposed ban died in the Georgia General Assembly. ATLANTA — A father-and-son lawyer duo who took part in the now-infamous one-hour telephone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger … Raffensperger claims the organization tried to register his son who died in 2018. Some seem to be saying that our office should have ignored the wave of absentee voting that was clearly coming. Survived by his loving wife, Devin Lumbatis Raffensperger and their two children Lola and Nox; his parents Brad and Tricia Raffensperger; his … [21] In the primary, Raffensperger came in first place and Belle Isle came in second place; because no candidate obtained a majority, the race for the Republican nomination went to a primary runoff,[22] which Raffensperger won. The tablets had caused long lines at polling places. Son Gives Dad a Bad Bite. [8], Raffensperger is a lifelong Republican. [26] Raffensperger pushed back on the proposal, saying: "By a wide margin, voters on both sides of the political spectrum agree that sending absentee applications to all active voters was the safest and best thing our office could do to protect our voters at the peak of COVID-19. [16] Raffensperger also sponsored a measure to amend the Georgia state constitution to allow the re-creation of a county that previously existed but had later merged with another county; the measure would allow northern Fulton County to split off to form Milton County. Trump called Raffensperger in January in a bid to overturn the Georgia presidential election results. Brad Raffensperger revealed an advocacy group sent three voter registration postcards to his dead son Brenton, who passed away two years … I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that. He renewed warnings to those groups who have 'repeatedly and aggressively' sought to register ineligible or deceased voters for the Senate runoff elections on January 5. You see, Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger defended the results of his state's presidential election in favor of Democrat Joe Biden — and just days ago said he was glad a controversial phone recording betwe 1h03m26s. Trump was recorded saying "I just want to find 11,780 votes. Brad Raffensperger will enter the race as a Republican to succeed Brian Kemp, who recently announced he will run for governor in 2018. [50] In an interview which aired on the January 4, 2021 edition of ABC's Good Morning America, Raffensperger acknowledged the phone call, stating that Trump "did most of the talking," and described Trump's voter fraud allegations as "just plain wrong. Barbara Raffensperger passed away on January 15, 2018 in Cumming, Georgia. Fresh misery for flood-hit communities following Storm Christoph as blizzards sweep into Britain TODAY and... 'I'd rather not stand there naked': Keira Knightley says she REFUSES to film sex scenes with a male director... TikTok trolls accuse CBeebies star Mr Tumble of being racists because his catchphrase is 'hello monkey'. A Republican, he serves as the Secretary of State of Georgia. The office of Georgia’s secretary of state has begun an inquiry over former President Donald Trump’s pressuring Brad Raffensperger to find him votes in an attempt to overturn the state’s presidential election results.. [6], Raffensperger earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. [1][14][15], In the state House, Raffensperger sponsored legislation to bar county officials from personally profiting from tax liens. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. [37][38][39] Raffensperger denied this,[37][38][39] although he did say that fellow Republicans were pressuring him to find ways to exclude legal ballots. We got three of them all from the same organisation. “Here’s something that came to my house yesterday, we got three of … Raffensperger: UNEDITED. 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[4][5] The Secretary's office then gave a press conference with a point by point explanation of factual errors in the President's claims. [9] He served on the Post 2 seat of the Johns Creek City Council from 2012 to 2014. "[35] Raffensperger added, "If I was Senator Perdue, I'd be irritated I was in a runoff. Journalist Carl Bernstein, who in 1972 broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, called the Trump–Raffensperger scandal "far worse than Watergate" and said that in any other presidency it would result in impeachment, conviction, and bipartisan demands for the president's resignation. Trump Calls Georgia Sec of State Raffensperger #1. “Our faith forms who we are,” Tricia Raffensperger said. PETER WALKER: Are slim people ALWAYS fitter than fatties? [7] He amassed a net worth of $26.5 million from his work in the private sector. “The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” Walter Jones, a spokesman for Raffensperger’s office said in a statement. Brad Raffensperger Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. President Trump's Call to GA's Sec. [30], Raffensperger did not send out mail-in ballot applications to every active registered voter in Georgia for the November 2020 general election, citing the cost of a mass mailing. Trump has falsely claimed that Raffensperger has a brother, Ron, who "works for China", but Raffensperger does not have a brother named Ron. 4m22s. Though Graham denied the allegations, a separate Republican[41] election official who was also present in the call, Gabriel Sterling, confirmed Raffensperger's statement. Now lone mothers are banned from FILMING their baby scan despite maternity units already stopping partners... BBC stops Panorama team probing Martin Bashir's Diana interview having easy access to basic documents. One resident from Fulton County reported receiving five postcards, soliciting registration for the 'same dead person', he added. Guernsey goes into lockdown for the first time in seven months after four new Covid-19 cases were discovered... Don't make phone calls or talk to each other on public transport to prevent spread of Covid, French... Hope for Spanish summer holidays: Madrid 'wants to welcome first tourists in spring' and denies claim it... BBC lockdown home-schooling programme tells 9-year-olds there are 'over 100 genders' and shows kids talking... Kenneth Branagh is set to play Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a gripping Sky drama depicting the first wave... SARAH VINE: BBC home-schooling programme that tells 9-year-olds there are 'over 100 genders' is a... Life after Lupo for Kate and Wills: The Cambridges get a new spaniel puppy from her brother James Middleton. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Raffensperger rose to national attention in the aftermath of the 2020 United States presidential election, as a scandal took place in which President Donald Trump attempted to persuade Raffensperger to change the vote count in Georgia during a recorded phone call on January 2, 2021. [3] In response, Raffensperger stated "the truth will come out". For those groups who are organizing false registration could face between 5 to 20 years in prison if charged with felony racketeering. Raffensperger claims the organization tried to register his son who died in 2018. "That same son had cancer when he was 26. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Brad Raffensperger is a lifelong Republican who spent several years in the Georgia legislature before being elected Georgia secretary of state … 00:00:00/00:00:00.0100010 http://webservices.legis.ga.gov/GGAServices/Members/Service.svc/query/forID/875/xml [17], Raffensperger ran for the Secretary of State of Georgia in the 2018 election. [20] The Secretary of State also oversees business registration and occupational licensing. We got three of them all from the same organisation. The postcards were all received from New Georgia Project, a group which claims to get its voter information from the state's official voter rolls, Raffensperger said. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has revealed an advocacy group sent three voter registration postcards to his dead son who passed away two years ago. On November 20, Raffensperger certified the final vote totals, and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued the formal certification of the state's slate of electors. "[35], Under pressure from fellow Republicans, Raffensperger ordered a statewide hand recount/audit of all 5 million votes in the Georgia presidential race, in which Biden led Trump by approximately 14,000 votes. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 50. On Thanksgiving Day, Trump said of Brad Raffensperger, “He’s an enemy of the people.” Raffensperger, as you know, is the secretary of state in Georgia, and a Republican. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) more > [53], Raffensperger and his wife, Tricia, have three children and two grandchildren. Brad is a Registered Professional Engineer in over 25 States and a Licensed General Contractor in 10 states. [42] Doug Collins, a Republican congressman from Georgia who lost his race and oversaw Trump's efforts in Georgia, falsely claimed fraud in the Georgia election, prompting Raffensperger, typically known for his mild manner, to call Collins a "liar" and "charlatan" for his rhetoric. 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