Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), whose state is preparing for a hand tally of the presidential race, will voluntarily isolate himself after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
Tricia Raffensperger tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs told The Associated Press. The secretary, who is the state's top election official, skipped an afternoon press conference to get tested and plans to self-quarantine as a precaution even if his test is negative.
If the test comes back positive, Fuchs told the AP that she and other members of Raffensperger's staff who have been in close contact with him will get tested and quarantine.
News of his quarantine, first reported by ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta, comes a day after Raffensperger held a press conference announcing he would oversee a hand tally of ballots in the general election between President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE and President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE.
Georgia must certify its election results by Nov. 20.
Trump and Georgia Republicans have promoted baseless allegations of voter fraud to explain Biden's roughly 14,000-vote lead over Trump in the historically red state.
On Wednesday, Raffensperger said he would look into any claims of voter fraud but maintained that local officials performed their jobs well on Election Day.
“They and their staff are the ones that do the hard work on the ground of making sure that all legal votes will be counted,” Raffensperger said. “Their job is hard, they executed their responsibilities, and they did their job. These men and women, and my office, will continue to follow the law and count every legal vote.”
“My office will continue to investigate each and every instance of illegal voting, double voting, felon voting, people voting out of state,” he added. “We have all worked hard to bring fair and accurate counts to ensure that the will of the voters is reflected in the final count and that every voter will have confidence in the outcome whether their candidate won or lost.”
Raffensperger has faced fierce backlash from fellow Republicans after the election. Georgia Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE and David PerdueDavid PerdueGOP sees Biden crises as boon for midterm recruitment Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE, who each face a runoff election on Jan. 5 against Democratic challengers, have called for his resignation and accused him of failing “to deliver honest and transparent elections.”