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Georgia Sec. of State opens investigation into possible voter registration chicanery

With the balance of power hanging on the Georgia special election Jan. 5, there is the potential for election chicanery.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters Monday his office has opened investigations into “third-party” groups that may be trying to illegally register people living in other states to vote in the upcoming Georgia special election to fill its two U.S. Senate seats, according to Fox News.

The Senate majority is at stake in the special Jan. 5 election, and concerns are increasing over possible vote fraud in an effort to flip the Senate to a 50-50 Democrat-Republican split, in which case votes would be decided by presumed Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat.

Fox News noted that Raffensperger is a Republican.

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Who are the groups identified in the Fox report?

CFL did some checking to find that America Votes is a group whose mission is “to coordinate and promote progressive issues.” According to Wikipedia, “America Votes leads national and state-based coalitions to advance progressive policies and increase voter turnout for Democratic Party candidates.”

Among the “partners” listed by America Votes at its website are the anti-gun Brady Campaign and anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

According to its website, Vote Forward’s mission is “to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote.”

According to the Fox News report, Vote Forward allegedly “attempted to register a dead Alabama voter, a woman, to vote here in Georgia,” Raffensperger asserted during the Monday news conference.

He also said America Votes has been “sending absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994.”

Another group he identified is the New Georgia Project, which allegedly sent voter registration applications to addresses in New York City.

Democrats are desperate to elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, replacing Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Should both incumbents retain their seats, it will give the GOP majority control in the Senate, providing a political firewall against Biden administration policies ranging from higher taxes to gun control.

Raffensperger’s allegations come at a time that election results from Nov. 3 are still under scrutiny. President Donald Trump and others have asserted election irregularities in several states. However, so far, court challenges have been mostly unsuccessful.

The Fox story also quoted Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling, who suggested to reporters that “these outside groups (are) attempting to register people illegally potentially, in other states.”

Raffensperger also said voting in the state by non-residents is a felony, “And encouraging college students to commit felonies without regard for what it might mean for them is despicable. These third-party groups have a responsibility not to encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.”

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