UNITED STATES – The election officer for US state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, has admitted that there was illegal voting in the state during Tuesday presidential election.
However, Raffensperger, whose office oversees Georgia’s election, added that he doubts if the number of such illegal votes would upturn the result.
“Was there illegal voting? I am sure there was. And my office is investigating all of it,” he said, according to BBC.
“Does it rise to the numbers or margin necessary to change the outcome to where President Trump is given Georgia’s electoral votes? That is unlikely,” Raffensperger added.
According to US electoral guideline, States must resolve recounts and court contests over the results by 8 December while the outcome of the election will be finalised when members of the US Electoral College meet on 14 December.
Meanwhile, senior members of the incumbent political party have largely refused to pressure their candidate to concede defeat to Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell on Monday lashed Democrats over the election results.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Monday, the Kentucky lawmaker said, “Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election and who insinuated that this one would be illegitimate too if they lost again – only if they lost.”
McConnell said Trump has every right to “look into allegations and to request recounts under the law and notably the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations.”
The presidential election was tightly contested between the incumbent President and candidate of the Republican Party, Donald Trump and Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.
Although the winner of the election has not been officially declared, the media on Saturday projected Joe Biden as the President-elect after he scored over 270 electoral college votes.
However, President Donald Trump has rejected the result citing massive irregularities and election fraud in key battleground states where he believes he was leading.
Prominent Republicans congressmen had earlier urged Trump to “fight hard” and not concede defeat in the race.
The lawmaker said the President’s allegation of election fraud and irregularities must be investigated.
The top Republican congressmen said they will work with the Democratic Party government if Biden wins, but insisted that Trump did not lose.
Although some other top members of the ruling party were more guarded in their comments, they nonetheless refused to acknowledge Biden as the winner of the tightly contested presidential election.