Brad Raffensperger is the Secretary of State of Georgia who gained national attention in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election when then President Trump personally called Raffensperger to pressure him to change the election results in Georgia.
Raffensperger was responsible for overseeing the election in Georgia, including in Fulton County. As Secretary of State, he was responsible for certifying the election results and investigating any allegations of election fraud.
Trump alleged that there were voting irregularities in Fulton County, specifically about the handling and counting of absentee ballots, as well as the use of ballot drop boxes.
Trump thought that Raffensperger, a Republican, would side with him and “find” more than 11,000 votes in order to swing the election in Trump’s favor. But Raffensperger refused to "find" enough votes to overturn the election results in Georgia, which had been won by Joe Biden.
Multiple Investigations But No Proof of Fraud in Georgia
Since then, the state of Georgia, and specifically Fulton County, has been the focus of multiple investigations related to the election.
In June 2021, the Georgia Secretary of State's office announced that it was launching an investigation into Fulton County's handling of absentee ballots in the 2020 election. The investigation was based on reports of "chain of custody" issues with the ballots, which refers to the process of tracking and securing ballots as they move through the voting process.
In addition to the investigation by the Secretary of State's office, Fulton County has also been the subject of an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and a review by a private company hired by the Georgia State Senate. The GBI investigation is focused on allegations of potential violations of Georgia election law, while the Senate review is examining the processes and procedures used by election officials in Fulton County.
Despite the ongoing investigations, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Georgia or any other state in the 2020 election.