The Georgia State Election Board announced 35 cases of election law violations to the state’s attorney general and local district attorneys for criminal prosecution.
“Election fraud is not tolerated in Georgia. When there is evidence of it, the people responsible face prosecution,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Georgia has multiple safeguards in place that allow our team of investigators to discover fraudulent voting. They worked to catch the wrongdoing in these cases, and they maintain the security of Georgia elections.”
Georgia’s secretary of state’s office has 23 law enforcement officers with arrest powers to investigate allegations of voter fraud and irregularities. They will then present their findings to the Election Board, where it is decided whether violators will be issued fines, a letter of instruction, or be referred for criminal prosecution.
“I think people need to understand that we’re not going to tolerate noncitizens voting and also people double-voting,” Raffensperger said during a Thursday TV interview. “The board is not going to have a lot of patience with people willfully defying the laws of Georgia.”
Many of the cases were not from the 2020 election, with the state trying to work through a backlog of cases from previous elections, as well.
Raffensperger expressed confidence that the team’s work will help ease some voters’ fears, with confidence in the state’s election security plummeting following the 2020 presidential election.
“What we saw was, the only people that had an impact on were Republicans who were his supporters,” Raffensperger said. “Other voters either maintained or increased their confidence in the process.”
Some of the more noteworthy cases in the batch of 35 include one case where over 70 fraudulent voter registrations were submitted, the improper handling of a memory card containing 2,2760 votes in this past year’s election, and numerous cases of felons and noncitizens voting in elections.
The state is also continuing its investigation into Sen. Raphael Warnock for his work at the head of a voter registration organization founded by Stacey Abrams.
The organization, the New Georgia Project, is accused of failing to deliver 1,268 voter registration applications within a 10-day period required by state law.
Warnock resigned his position with the group after being sworn in to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Examiner : Georgia refers 35 cases of election law violations for criminal prosecution