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Georgia governor candidate Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified 2020 election results

Georgia gubernatorial candidate and former Sen. David Perdue (R) said on Wednesday that he would not have certified Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. 

Dec 8, 2021: Trump-endorsed Georgia gubernatorial candidate former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said in an interview with Axios on Wednesday that he wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 presidential election results if he had been governor, siding with former President Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud in the state, which has become the central issue of the Republican primary campaign.

“Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for,” Perdue told Axios.

He added if he had been governor at the time, he would have called for a special session of the state legislature to “protect and fix what was wrong for the January election” rather than to change the election’s results, Axios reported. 

There has been no evidence of widespread fraud impacting Georgia’s election results, which were counted three times, including once by hand, Axios added.

Earlier this week, former President Trump, who has claimed without substantiation that practices like mail-in ballots contribute to widespread voter fraud, issued a statement saying, “David Perdue has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will not let you down!”

His statement added that Perdue would “secure the Elections,” and detailed other policies the former president believed Perdue would carry out if elected as governor.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said around the time of the election that if a special session, like the one Perdue mentioned, had overturned the November results it would have been “nullifying the will of the people,” Axios noted.

Oct 13, 2021: Marc Elias, Democratic voting rights attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Republican strategy to change voting laws with the hopes of producing mistakes that can be spun as fraud, and what politicians and pro-democracy Americans can do about it.

Earlier this year, Raffensperger called for a bipartisan federal election reform commission to review the U.S. electoral system.

“Let them really work on it, do a lot of public policy debates, take a year or two but get it right. I think it’s been now 16 years since the last report. We’re probably ready for another one,” Raffensperger told Axios at the time.


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