ATLANTA — The Florida Bar has opened a probe into a Florida attorney at the center of a Channel 2 Action News voter fraud investigation.
Bill Price, a Panama City-based attorney, was captured on Facebook Live instructing a group of Bay County GOP members how to temporarily move to Georgia to cast ballots in the January 5th Senate runoff election. He repeats his brother’s Georgia address for them several times, and details his plan to use it to vote in January.
The now-deleted video was captured in full by Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr.
Price, who denied he was being serious in the speech, then registered to vote in Georgia using his brother’s Paulding County address, and signed to an affidavit that he was a permanent Georgia resident and eligible to vote. The registration is in pending status, and the elections board is set to kick the registration out of the system during a special-called meeting next week. The man’s brother’s address has been flagged as investigators probe whether others at the meeting attempted to register in Georgia.
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Meanwhile, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is conducting a voter fraud investigation centered around Price. They issued a second statement after the Channel 2 investigation ran earlier this week, emphasizing the felony charges tied to false registrations. A conviction could lead to up to ten years in jail and a $100,000 fine.
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“Make no mistake, individuals who attempt to undermine the integrity of Georgia’s elections will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Those who move to Georgia just to vote in the Senate runoffs with no intention of staying are committing a felony that is punishable with jail-time and hefty fines. They will be found, they will be investigated, and they will be punished.”
On Friday morning, the Florida Bar confirmed to Carr that they’d opened a file into the allegations against Price. The open file is investigated at a staff level to determine whether the attorney violated Florida Bar rules. Open files can lead to active investigations or monitoring of the event in the probe.
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