Brad Raffensperger

Candidate for Secretary of State, Republican, Incumbent

Website: BradForGeorgia.com

Occupation(s): Georgia Secretary of State since 2019

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not respond to our requests to participate in this effort. Any responses below are taken verbatim from the campaign website.

Image source: sos.ga.gov

Our health is affected by a variety of factors that are directly influenced by policies made by and supported by the Secretary of State:

Priorities

What priorities or key issues will you address if elected to this office?

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not submit responses to our questionnaire. The response is taken verbatim from the campaign website:

  • Only American citizens should be allowed to vote in American elections.

  • States, not the federal government, should run elections.

  • Ballot harvesting should be illegal.

  • Elections should be auditable and transparent.

Experience

What key experiences would you bring to this role?

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not submit responses to our questionnaire. The response is taken verbatim from the campaign website:

Brad Raffensperger is a structural engineer and lifelong conservative who married Tricia, the love of his life, the same year Star Wars was released in theaters. Movies may not be the same these days, but Brad and Tricia have raised three children and now enjoy three grandchildren who often explain this new world to them. Brad’s interest in politics began while watching the formation of the city of Johns Creek, and he ran for city council to protect the property values of homeowners. Three years later, he was elected to the State House of Representatives, where he served two terms before being elected Secretary of State.

Election Reform and S.B. 202

Do you support the enactment of Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021 (S.B. 202)? Why or why not? What other policies related to voting would you support?

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not submit responses to our questionnaire. The response is taken verbatim from the campaign website:

It was integrity that drove his decision to purchase and deploy modern voting machines that could be audited and verified all across Georgia. For the first time, it was possible to recount Georgia’s vote by hand, if necessary. When Georgia’s election results were questioned in 2020, The system Brad deployed was proven accurate after two recounts and a full audit. Georgia’s election results withstood public pressure and national scrutiny –because Brad Raffensperger had integrity to stand and protect Georgia voters.

Voting Rights and Equity

Do you believe access to voting is equitable in Georgia? Why or why not? If so, what would you do to preserve this equity? If not, what would you do to correct these inequities?

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not submit responses to our questionnaire. The response is taken verbatim from the campaign website:

Both voter registration and voter participation have soared under Brad’s tenure, with 95% of eligible Georgians being registered to vote, voter turnout breaking records year after year, and Georgia’s voter lists being recognized as the most accurate in the nation by the Heritage Foundation and others. There is no safer or more accurate election in the nation than Georgia because Brad Raffensperger has the integrity Georgia needs.

The Brad Raffensperger campaign did not submit responses to our questionnaire. No information was found on the campaign website related to these questions:

  • What are the biggest issues that the secretary of state will need to face in the next four years?

  • Do you believe all Georgians have equal access to securing business charters? Are there barriers that specific communities face?

  • Georgia consistently ranks among the top 10 states with the poorest health access and health outcomes due to a high percentage of uninsured adults, primary care shortages of more than 59% in rural areas, and lack of resources in rural medical communities (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic). What about Georgia makes it a favorable state to operate a medical practice? What, if any, measures do you plan to take to encourage the chartering of more medical practices in Georgia’s underserved areas?

  • Do you support the creation of an independent redistricting commission? Why or why not?

  • Twelve states have decided to appoint secretaries of state as an appointed position, whereas 35 elect their secretaries of state. How might running for this office - rather than being appointed - change the way you view your role?

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