GeorgiaThe top polling officer says he is opening an investigation into whether groups of third parties are trying to register people from other states to illegally vote in Georgia’s twin on Jan. 5 Runoff election in the Senatewhen the majority of the GOP in the Chamber is at stake.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Monday that “we have opened an investigation into a group called America Votes, which is sending postal requests to people at addresses they have not lived since 1994.”
Raffensperger, a Republican, also said his investigators are investigating “Vote Forward” who tried to register a dead Alabama voter, a woman, to vote here in Georgia. He also highlighted “The New Georgia Project That Sent Voter Registration Applications to New York City”.
The Secretary of State also noted, “Operation New Voter Registration Georgia, which notifies college students in Georgia that they can change their place of residence to Georgia and then change it again after the election.”
Raffensperger stressed that “voting in Georgia if you are not based in Georgia is a criminal offense. And it is despicable to encourage college students to commit crimes regardless of what it could mean to them. These third groups have a responsibility not to promote illegal voting. If they do this, they will be held accountable. “
Raffensperger’s office also has 23 investigators working on 250 open investigations into “credible allegations of illegal votes” and violations of electoral law, he said.
Gabriel Sterling, the electoral officer who manages the electoral system in Georgia, told reporters, “This is new information. These external groups are trying to potentially illegally register people in other states.”
Sterling said these third-party groups “are literally saying,” hey, it’s okay to commit a crime “.
And Raffensperger stressed that “this office will continue to take steps to protect the voting rights of legally registered Georgians of that state, Republicans, Democrats, independents and any party you belong to.”
The current balance of power for the next Senate after this month’s elections is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. That means the Democrats must win both Georgia runoff elections to get a 50:50 Senate. In this case, the elected Vice President Kamala Harris would be the decisive vote, giving her party a wafer-thin majority in the chamber.
In Georgia, where state law requires a runoff election if no candidate gets 50% of the vote, GOP Sen. David Perdue narrowly missed to avoid a runoff, won 49.75% of the vote. The Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff follows with around 87,000 votes.
In the other race, appointed Republican senator. Kelly Loeffler Almost 26% of the vote was won in a special election of 20 candidates to fill the last two years of former GOP Senator Johnny Isakson’s tenure. The Democratic runoff candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock, won nearly 33% of the vote in the first round.