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Georgia election official shoots down Trump's election conspiracy theories

January 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A top Georgia election official said Monday that "everybody's vote did count" in the state's November elections as he shot down a list of voter fraud conspiracy theories President Donald Trump aired in a call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this weekend.

(CNN)A top Georgia election official said Monday that "everybody's vote did count" in the state's November elections as he shot down a list of voter fraud conspiracy theories President Donald Trump aired in a call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this weekend.

"The reason I'm having to stand here today is because there are people in positions of authority and respect who have said their votes didn't count, and it's not true," said Gabriel Sterling, the voting systems implementation manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's office, during a news conference.

In audio first reported by The Washington Post and obtained by CNN, Trump is heard pressuring Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, to "find" votes to overturn the election in Georgia, which he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.

In excerpts of the stunning one-hour phone call Saturday, Trump lambasted his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say that he won the election in Georgia and repeatedly touted baseless claims of election fraud.

Sterling said Monday that the President's baseless voter fraud claims are "all easily, provably false" and lamented the way his election conspiracy theories could undermine Georgia residents' faith in the state's election system ahead of Tuesday's critical Senate runoff.

"If you're a Georgia voter, if you want your values reflected by your election officials, I strongly beg and encourage you, go vote tomorrow.

Georgia recertified its presidential election results in December following three counts of ballots that yielded no evidence of the wide spread voter fraud Trump and his allies have claimed.

"At the end of the day, we want to make sure people understand their votes count," Sterling said Monday.

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