Georgia state House Speaker David Ralston (R) appeared to admit this week that voter suppression is a strategy that helps Republicans win elections.
According to Ralston, if a vote-by-mail system would be set up it would be “devastating to Republicans.”
Ralston’s comments come after a recent effort taken by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to mail absentee ballot request forms to all voters in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, Raffensperger announced the state would be mailing absentee ballot request forms to its nearly 7 million voters “in an effort to allow as many Georgia voters as possible to exercise their right to vote without leaving their homes.”
During an interview released on Wednesday, Ralston was asked about concerns he had regarding Raffensperger’s move.
“Could it jeopardize Republican control the House and Senate in the state? Could it jeopardize, you know, other races up and down the ballot in 2020?” FetchYourNews host BKP asked the state leader.
Ralston claimed that one of his concerns was that with the mass-scale voting effort were the possibilities of fraud.
“And then another concern,” Ralston said, “and this comes under the category of you can’t ever do too much, because now I read that, you know, members of these groups are not just [concerned] with voting by mail but they want the state to give them a stamp.”
Ralston then admitted that this system would hurt Republicans.
“So, here, you know, the process keeps going up and up and up and so a multitude of reasons why vote by mail in my view is not acceptable,” Ralston went on, before adding, “the president said it best, this will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia.”
You can watch the interview below: