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District judge orders the counting of 318 misplaced Ramsey County ballots

A judge has ordered Ramsey County election officials to open and count 318 absentee ballots that were properly cast but misplaced and went uncounted in election returns released two weeks ago.

Ramsey District Court Judge John Guthmann agreed to issue the order Thursday after Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, one of 131 candidates on the misplaced ballots, petitioned the court to have them counted. An attorney for Ramsey County agreed the votes should be tallied.

The county’s Canvassing Board acknowledged the “obvious error” at an emergency meeting Wednesday. County officials said they didn’t believe the additional ballots could flip any of the races, based on where the voters lived, but they county notified all candidates whose races might be affected.

Under state law, the deadline to automatically count those ballots has already passed and a court order was required to tally them.

Becker-Finn, an attorney who represents five northern Ramsey

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Judge dismisses Arizona GOP lawsuit seeking audit of county’s ballots



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Judge dismisses Arizona GOP lawsuit seeking audit of county’s ballots

A judge on Thursday rejected a Republican Party lawsuit seeking an audit of ballots in Arizona’s biggest county, which helped flip the state blue for the first time in more than 20 years.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice and denied the Arizona GOP’s request for an audit of the county’s results, which would likely have delayed its certification of the vote tallies. An order outlining the judge’s reasoning is expected later Thursday.

The county is planning to officially certify the count on Friday, according to The Arizona Republic.

The lawsuit filed last week accuses Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its metro area, of violating state law by doing away with its precinct voting model this election, allowing voters to cast their ballots at any polling center in the

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Joe Biden won 3 of every 4 mail ballots in Pennsylvania. Trump won 2 of 3 votes cast in person. What does that mean for the future?

Pennsylvanians were deeply divided this election. And it wasn’t just whom they voted for — it was in how they cast their votes.

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Most votes for president-elect Joe Biden were cast by mail in Pennsylvania.

Most votes for President Donald Trump were cast in person on Election Day.

It’s a sharp partisan divide that first emerged in the primary and was later fueled by months of false claims and predictions of fraud from President Donald Trump. And while Trump’s tenure and the pandemic seem likely to end within months, the divide over mail ballots is likely to persist and affect campaigning for years to come.

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“Success breeds more success, so I suspect Democrats will continue to push it, and Republicans will have to figure out if they want to be a part of it,” said Mark Nevins, a Democratic political

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Sen. Lindsey Graham facing criticism for conversation about ballots with Georgia’s Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Sen. Lindsey Graham led a committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday amid growing criticism of a conversation he had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

The Republican secretary of state said the Republican senator from South Carolina called him and asked if Raffensperger had the power to reject ballots that Raffensperger said were cast legally.

“The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee calling around to states to try and interference with the process – that was reckless and inappropriate,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Tuesday.

But Rep. Buddy Carter, a Georgia Republican, said he believes Graham was just trying to clarify questions about the process.

“I find it hard to believe that any senator, much less Lindsey Graham, would threaten a secretary of state,” Carter said.

The suggestion of tossing legally-cast ballots is something

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Senator Lindsey Graham pressured Georgia’s secretary of state about legally cast ballots, report says

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, a question he interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes.

Raffensperger made the comments to The Washington Post, saying he’s faced rising pressure from fellow Republicans who want to see Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead in the state reversed. Nearly 5 million votes were cast in the presidential election in Georgia, and Biden was leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.

Raffensperger’s comments came as election officials across the state were working to complete a hand recount of votes in the presidential race.

When Georgia voters return an absentee ballot, they have to sign an oath on an outer envelope. County election office workers are required to ensure the signature matches the one on the absentee ballot application

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Graham’s pressure campaign to throw out ballots may have violated federal law, legal experts say

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, on Monday said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other GOP lawmakers had pressured him to exclude legally cast absentee ballots as the state conducts a hand recount of its presidential election.

Raffensperger over the weekend issued a surprisingly forceful rebuke of the election misinformation pushed by Trump and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who is leading the campaign’s recount effort in the Georgia. The secretary of state said Georgia’s recount would “affirm” the initial result, which showed President-elect Joe Biden leading by more than 10,000 votes. 

Graham, who has echoed Trump’s baseless claims sowing doubt in the results of the election, asked Raffensperger on Friday about the state’s signature-matching law, which has been the target of misinformation from the president, the secretary of state told The Washington Post.

Here’s how the outlet described Raffensperger’s account of the conversation:

Graham questioned Raffensperger

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Georgia’s Election Chief Is Pressured To Invalidate Legally Cast Ballots : NPR

NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Amy Gardner about her interview with Georgia’s secretary of state who says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots.



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The Republican overseeing Georgia’s elections says his fellow Republicans are pressuring him to throw out legal votes. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is conducting a recount. President-elect Biden leads Georgia by about 14,000 votes, which is a lot more votes than a recount usually changes. Raffensperger acknowledged on CNN yesterday how this is likely to turn out.

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BRAD RAFFENSPERGER: I understand how contentious it is. We’re going to follow the process. We follow the law. The results will be what they are. I’m going to be probably disappointed because I was rooting for the Republicans to win, obviously. But I have a process. I have a law that I follow. Integrity in

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Did Lindsey Graham push Georgia to throw out legally cast ballots?

It was last week when much of the Republican Party turned on Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state. GOP Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler got the ball rolling, calling for Raffensperger to resign for reasons they struggled to explain. (They were reportedly coaxed by Donald Trump.)

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joked soon after that the senators seemed to berate their own state’s Republican election administrator “because Democrats did too well,” which isn’t how any of this is supposed to work.

Nevertheless, the GOP offensive against Raffensperger has only intensified, with the president spending much of the weekend berating the Georgian via Twitter for being insufficiently loyal. But more importantly, the Republican campaign against one of their own may not be limited to strange rhetoric. The Washington Post reported overnight that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke to Raffensperger and questioned the validity of legally cast absentee ballots.

In the interview,

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Georgia secretary of state says Sen. Graham asked him about tossing ballots

ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, a question he interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes.

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

Raffensperger made the comments to The Washington Post, saying he’s faced rising pressure from fellow Republicans who want to see Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow lead in the state reversed. Nearly 5 million votes were cast in the presidential election in Georgia, and Biden was leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.

Raffensperger’s comments came as election officials across the state were working to complete a hand recount of votes in the presidential race.

When Georgia voters return an absentee ballot, they have to sign an oath on an outer envelope. County election office workers are required

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Georgia secretary of state claims top Republicans are pressuring him to toss legal ballots

ATLANTA — Georgia’s embattled secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said Monday he and his wife have received death threats over his handling of the state’s presidential election.

He also claimed high-profile Republicans pressured him to question the validity of legally cast absentee ballots, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who denied the charge.

Raffensperger, a Republican, has been under fire from President Trump and his allies over a string of unsubstantiated allegations about the integrity of Georgia’s voting system, absentee ballot signature verification, and recount observation rules.

The result has been a bitter battle of words between Georgia’s secretary of state and members of his own party, including the president and Rep. Doug Collins, who was tapped by Trump to lead Georgia’s recount effort.

Collins accused Raffensperger of siding with Democrats for not forcefully pushing allegations of widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger called Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan.”

Raffensperger told

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