Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and other Republicans have pressured him to throw out votes during the state-mandated recount.

“He asked if the ballots could be matched back to the voters,” Raffensperger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Monday evening. “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. So that’s the impression that I got.”

He later added, “It was just an implication of, ‘Look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.'”

In an unprecedented move, Raffensperger debunked the claims Trump lawyer and former U.S. Representative Doug Collins’s claims that Georgia hollowed out Election Law. However,

“We strengthened signature match. We helped train election officials on GBI signature match — which is confirmed twice before a ballot is ever cast. Failed candidate Doug Collins is a liar — but what’s new?” Raffensperger’s post read.

“Our office has received multiple requests to match ballots back to voters — exposing how a Georgia voter has voted.” Raffensperger’s post read. “We stand ready to prevent any and all attempts from any party to intimidate voters. Georgia voters have a right to vote in secret without intimidation from any political candidate or party.”

Raffensperger also told the Washington Post that President Donald Trump and others claimed that the election was marred by illegal votes. Raffensperger said Georgia’s ongoing hand-ballot recount would “affirm” the results of the election.

“Other than you getting angry, it’s also very disillusioning,” the secretary of state said of death threats he had and his wife had received from Republicans who blamed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state on the Raffensperger.

Monday, more than 2600 ballots were accounted for in Floyd County. Raffensperger said the issue was because Floyd County election officials failed to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine. Those ballots changed the margin by 800 votes in the President’s favor, according to Gabriel Sterling from the Secretary of State’s office. Sterling also said this wasn’t the first time Floyd County had issues this year. He would demand the ousting of County Election Chair, Luke Martin.

“The secretary, since this was such an amazing blunder and they had issues in August, would like to see that elections director in Floyd county step down from his position,” Sterling said during a news conference Monday evening.

Joe Biden currently leads Donald Trump by 14,205 votes. Biden won Georgia and Biden the Peach State, as well as four other states that Trump won in 2016. The last time Georgia went in favor of a Democratic presidential candidate was in 1992 for Bill Clinton.

In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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