Georgia senators call for special session to address voting issues

The calls for a special session come as some Republicans continue to cast doubt on the integrity of Georgia’s election system. Earlier this month, Republican U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called on Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign because of unspecified problems for which they provided no evidence.

Both senators now find themselves facing stiff challenges from Democrats in races that will determine which party controls the chamber.

Raffensperger’s office has defended the conduct of the election, saying there is no evidence of widespread fraud or other irregularities, despite complaints by supporters of President Donald Trump, who lost Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden.

The secretary of state has called for a photo identification requirement for absentee ballots and other changes he says would strengthen the election system.

Raffensperger and Kemp also have raised alarms about partisans moving to Georgia temporarily to vote in the January runoff, though it’s unclear whether that is actually happening. Both have warned of stiff penalties if anyone is caught doing so.

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