Loeffler Wants 'Everyone to Vote Early' in Georgia Runoff Despite GOP Attacks on Mail-In Ballots

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has encouraged supporters to vote early in the runoff election for her seat, touting absentee ballots despite repeated attacks on the security of mail-in voting from members of the GOP.

Loeffler is being challenged by Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff in Georgia, with the future of both the state's Senate seats to be determined in this manner.

Polling has shown the pair are almost tied in the race, which has gained national attention because of the impact it will have on control of the Senate.

Laura Ingraham on Fox News asked Loeffler how she wanted people to vote, given Republican concerns about mail-in voting in the 2020 elections.

Loeffler replied that she wanted people to vote early.

"We want everyone to vote early. Absentee ballots are available, they are going to start to be mailed out on Wednesday. Early voting is December 14, in-person early voting. We encourage folks to get out and vote, vote early. To make sure that their vote counts," she said.

"And we're going to be keeping track to make sure that this election is fair, that only legal votes count. We're going to make sure that Georgians can trust this process."

She spoke of control of the Senate being "on the line," criticizing what she has branded a "radical agenda" from Democrats.

Her support for mail-in voting comes after high-profile Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have spoken against the method.

Trump has tweeted that "mail-in elections are a sick joke" and claimed—incorrectly—that Georgia officials could not verify signatures on absentee ballot envelopes because of a consent decree.

Despite his comments, Loeffler and conservative groups are encouraging the practice.

Loeffler previously called for the resignation of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over allegations of irregularities in the presidential election results, suggesting in a joint statement with fellow Georgia Senator David Perdue that he had "failed to deliver honest and transparent elections."

Her call for early vote support comes amid allegations that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had discussed with Raffensperger the possibility of tossing out legally cast mail-in ballots, with the Georgia official claiming he felt that Graham was suggesting this be done. Graham has denied that characterization of their conversation.

Newsweek has contacted Loeffler for comment on mail-in voting.

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler reacts to supporters during an election night party at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead on November 3, 2020. She faces a runoff contest to retain her seat. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images