Georgia's secretary of state said Tuesday that some fellow Republicans have tried to pressure him into disqualifying legal ballots that may not have favored President Trump. Raffensperger doubled down on his claim in response to Graham's pushback.
"Many of the counties are coming in spot, dead on", Sterling said.
Biden is leading in the state by 14,000 votes.
Sterling called it "an incredible blunder" and called for the county's elections director to resign. "What we are seeing in Fulton is managerial sloppiness which opens the door for potential problems".
Raffensperger said that Graham asked if the signature verification process was subject to political bias and asked if Raffensperger could disqualify ballots. And then he, I got the sense it implied that then you could throw those out for any, if you look at the counties with the highest frequent error of signatures. During our discussion, he asked if ballots could be matched back to the envelope - the absentee ballots could be matched back to the envelope.
The missing votes are the most significant issue found so far during Georgia's recount.
"I was trying to find out how the signature stuff worked", Graham said. "His supporters are going to continue to fight".
The state is required by law to certify its results by Friday, which would thwart long-shot efforts by Trump to delay certification and potentially overturn the results of the state's election through the Electoral College.
With the spread of COVID-19 a continuous threat, in order to practice social distancing and follow COVID-19 protocols, the county says it would need to contract the Wisconsin Center to host the recount process. That recount would be done electronically.
On Sunday night, Raffensperger went on a Facebook debunking spree, fact-checking Trump's tweets about mail-in voting and ballot counting monitors. Raffensperger says that could violate voters' right to secrecy, and he has vigorously defended the state's already strict signature-matching process.
Nick Wooten is the Southern Trends and Culture reporter for McClatchy's South region. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.