The Georgia Republican Party censured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday for a “dereliction of his constitutional duty,” according to a report by Breitbart News.
At today’s Georgia GOP convention,
Chairman David Shafer presented state Sens. Burt Jones and Brandon Beach and former state Sen. William Ligon with “Warrior Awards,” citing their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. #gapol https://t.co/jZQUCSzPnE
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) June 5, 2021
Following the 2020 election, a spokesperson for Raffensperger said, “We don’t know how many absentee ballots arrived by mail versus drop box. The counties can tell you.”
The censure focused on the secretary’s handling of election ballots, including the infamous #suitcasegate scandal in Fulton County where video revealed ballot counters pulling several cases of ballots out from under tables after other workers had left.
The censure stated in part, “Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger failed to perform his duties in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the state of Georgia, and Republican Party values.”
It also claimed he was, “Undermining the security of our elections by allowing mass mailings of absentee applications by his office and third parties which created opportunities for fraud and overwhelmed election offices; rendering accurate signature matching nearly impossible; allowing ballot drop boxes without proper chain of custody; and ignoring sworn affidavits and evidence of voter fraud.”
The censure was not surprising, but it did reveal the growing frustration from the state’s GOP leaders with those currently in office. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp was reported booed by the audience during the event.
The secretary’s censure may help lead to new Republicans running in the state. At the least, it will hopefully push election leaders to more closely guard the handling of future elections.