Raffensperger talks about early voting and election integrity


ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Early voting in Georgia is currently underway.

Wednesday, Jim Wallace of WALB was joined by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“Mr. Secretary, early voting in the primary election has begun in Georgia. How are you doing so far?” Wallace asked.

“We had a very strong turnout. After the first day, 30,000 voters showed up to vote. Voters are engaged, on both political sides. Very few problems, the counties did a good job. Because when you look, we’ve done our 10-year census and new district lines across the state. The county commission, the district lines that are going to change, the state representatives, the state senate, things like that. So I encourage all voters to look at where your new district is if you’re voting in a new location and still have the same state senator or House representative to vote for. But we are seeing strong turnout. Very positive. It seems like people are going back to their natural preferences. People in Georgia have always preferred to vote early and on election day, but vote in person,” Raffensperger said.

“Obviously, election integrity is a big topic these days in the state of Georgia. And I know that’s something on your mind, your office, as well as local election officials, there has a lot of pressure because people are watching the vote closely,” Wallace said.

“Voting has never been easier. We have the proper guardrails to prevent people from cheating. We all now have the mandatory 17 days of early voting. We have photo ID for the mail-in voting process. What we think it does, we think it encourages security, and also confidence at the same time. You cannot object to a photo ID, it is a unique identifier. And so we will continue to keep it. Unfortunately, we have been sued by the Department of Justice and nine other activist groups under the Election Integrity Act of 2021. One of the things they want to get rid of is photo ID for voting. And yet they’ve been using it in Minnesota for over 10 years. Never sued a state Democrat, but we sue here with their selective trial. We will push back and we will win in court,” Raffensperger replied.

So far, early voting in southwest Georgia has been slow but steady.

In Dougherty County on Wednesday morning, more than 480 people cast early ballots. Registered voters can vote early at the Candy Room, 125 Pine Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Lee County, nearly 200 people cast their ballots early. Registered voters can vote early in Lee County at the Elections Office, 100 Starksville Avenue North, Suite C from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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