Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger began Inquiries Several groups, including a group founded by former Georgia Cubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams, have been accused of trying to aggressively register “ineligible, out-of-state, or dead voters” ahead of the state’s Jan. 5 Senate election.
The Rafensberger office said Wednesday Inquiries The U.S. vote includes groups including the Vote Forward and The New Georgia Project – founded by Abrams and formerly led by Democratic Senate candidate Rafael Warnock.
Rafensberger has been issuing warnings for weeks against attempts to register people who are ineligible to vote in Georgia’s election or to encourage people to come to Georgia with the sole purpose of sending ballots.
“I have repeatedly issued clear warnings to groups and individuals who undermine the integrity of elections in Georgia through false and fraudulent records,” Rafenberger said in a statement Wednesday. “The security of Georgia’s elections is paramount.”
“His office has received specific evidence that these groups have demanded voter records from ineligible individuals who have died or lived outside the state,” Rafenberger said Wednesday.
“I will fully investigate these allegations and take action against anyone who tries to undermine our election,” he vowed.
Raffensberger said earlier this week that the U.S. vote “sends people voting applications that have not been at addresses where they have not lived since 1994.”
Voting forward, he said, “a woman who was a dead Alabama voter tried to register to vote in Georgia.” He also oversaw the New Georgia program, which “sent voter registration applications to New York City.”
Secretary of State “Operation New Voter Registration says college students in Georgia, Georgia can change their place of residence to Georgia and change it after the election.”
The Rafensburg office also has 23 investigators working on 250 credible allegations of “credible claims for illegal voting” and election law violations.
According to the Georgia Code, a person who registers to vote knowing that they do not have the required registration, i.e. legal qualifications, is a bad person and could face up to one to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 100,000.
On Wednesday, the Rafensberger office described a number of incidents in which the Abrams-Warnok affiliate group, The New Georgia Project, allegedly demanded voters living outside the state and deceased people. Warnock was chairman of the committee until January.
Rafensberger’s office cited a Fulton County resident who announced he had received five postcards from the New Georgia program, asking for a “for the same dead person” record, and a Cherokee resident who received a voter registration request from the New Georgia program. Vote. A fourth person said a New Georgia program sent a voter registration request to his daughter, who was not registered to vote in Georgia and had not lived in another state for five years. A “collection of postcards” at his home in New York City from The New Georgia program, which encourages people to register to vote in Georgia Senate races.
Another attempt, according to Georgia election officials, encouraged Emory students to fraudulently register to vote in the Operation New Voter Registration GA, Jan. 5 run. A plane from the group told the students, “Your current residence may be in another state. You are now changing your residence; You can change it for future elections (your choice). ”
Meanwhile, Vote Forward, a non-profit organization, sent a letter to a long-dead Alabama resident urging him to register to vote, while the United States, which calls itself the “Coordinating Center for Progressive Community,” sent two non-voting ballot applications. One week per person at the address where they do not reside since July 1994.
The current balance of power for the next Senate coming out of this month’s election is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. That means Democrats must win both elections in Georgia to become the 50-50 Senate. If that happens, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have a tie-breaking vote, which will give her party a razor-thin majority in the room.
In Georgia, state law dictates that if no candidate receives 50% of the vote, GOP Sen. David Bertue With 49.75% of the vote, he missed the run. Democrat John O’Shaughnessy is trailing by about 87,000 votes.
In the other race, the nominated Republican Sen. Kelly Lofler Former GOP Sen. Johnny Saxon received nearly 26% of the vote in the special election of 20 candidates to fill the final two years of his term. Democratic candidate Rev. in the run. Rafael Warnock received almost 33% of the vote in the first round.
Paul Connor of Fox News contributed to this report.