The State Election Board of Georgia has announced that 35 cases of election violations have been sent to their attorney general and other local D.A.s for prosecution.
“Election fraud is never tolerated in this state. When there’s evidence for it, those responsible face criminal prosecution,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Georgia has numerous safeguards that let our investigators find fraudulent activity. They worked to discover these activities in these cases, and they protect the security of our elections.”
The state’s secretary of state’s office includes 23 officers with arrest powers to investigate voter fraud and illegal wrongdoing. They then give their findings to Georgia’s Election Board, where it is decided if violators will be given fines or be handed over for prosecution.
“People need to know we won’t tolerate noncitizens casting votes or double-voting,” Raffensperger said during his interview. “We won’t have much patience with those who go against the laws of Georgia.”
Many of these cases did not originate from the 2020 election, with Georgia trying to get through their backlog of cases from past elections, as well.
Raffensperger showed his confidence that his team’s work will help soothe some voters’ fears, with confidence in Georgia’s election security falling after the 2020 election.
“What we witnessed was, the only people that the election had an impact on were GOP members,” Raffensperger said. “All other voters either kept or increased their confidence in elections.”
Some of the more important cases in the 35 were one case in which over 70 fraudulent registrations were submitted, the improper usage of a memory card with 22,760 votes, and many cases of felons and noncitizens casting votes during elections.
Georgia is also continuing its investigation into Senator Raphael Warnock for his part in the voter registration organization started by Stacey Abrams.
The organization, called the New Georgia Project, has been accused of not delivering 1,268 voter applications within the 10-day period required by law.
Warnock resigned from his position inside the group after being given a promotion, as a senator in the U.S. Senate.