Graham Denies He Urged Mail-In Ballots Tossed: Election Update

A senator denies he urged mail-in ballots be tossed. President-elect Joe Biden will be briefed Tuesday by national security experts.

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Graham Denies He Urged Mail-In Ballots Be Tossed

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham denied Monday that he urged a Republican elections official to toss mail-in ballots en masse.

Speaking late Monday, Graham disputed a Washington Post report that he had asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to throw out mail-in ballots from counties with lower-than-average rejection rates.

“That’s ridiculous,” he said. “What I’m trying to find is how do you verify signatures on mail-in ballots in these states that are the center of attention.”

Raffensperger told the Post that Graham asked him whether he had the power to throw out all mail-in ballots from certain counties, arguing that elections clerks may have accepted ones with non-matching signatures for political reasons.

“It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” he said.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims of massive fraud among mail-in ballots, arguing that courts should throw them out and declare him the winner. Judges have dismissed a number of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign for lack of evidence. — Laura Litvan

Coming Up:

Biden is scheduled to receive a national security briefing form experts outside the federal government on Tuesday.

— With assistance by Laura Litvan

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