Georgia Secretary of State sends nearly 100 cases of possible voter fraud to attorney general

Georgia Secretary of State sends nearly 100 cases of possible voter fraud to attorney general
'I'm a Georgia Voter' stickers are available for people to cast their ballots during a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election at St. Bede's Episcopal Church on June 20, 2017 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Georgia’s Secretary of State says the investigation process of nearly 100 cases of voter fraud and double voting dating back to 2014 has begun.

Earlier this week, Brad Raffensperger announced his office found nearly 1,000 cases of double voting during the June and August elections statewide alone.

Raffensperger says his office has processed 98 allegations of voter fraud from the 2014 election and 2016 presidential election. The office then referred 24 of those cases to the attorney general’s office.

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According to investigators, in two cases, one in Putnam County and one in Murray County, people allegedly voted twice in the November 2016 general elections. In both cases, the voters knowingly took advantage of glitches or poll worker errors to cast a second ballot in the election, Raffensperger said.

In Twiggs County, during the May 2016 statewide general primary elections, Raffensperger says one person allegedly registered her two children, both of whom were felons, to vote; requested absentee ballots on their behalf; then filled out and submitted those absentee ballots herself, including fraudulently signing the oath averring that she was the person identified on the ballot.

This case has also been referred to the Attorney General’s office by the State Election Board.

“Protecting the integrity of the vote is my highest priority as Georgia’s chief elections official,” Raffensperger said. “A fraudulent vote dilutes the power of those voters who follow the rules and undermines the fundamental democratic idea of one person, one vote. As Secretary of State, I will investigate any and all attempts to delegitimize elections in Georgia.”

On Thursday, the Georgia’s State Election Board met to discuss the outstanding investigations conducted by the Secretary of State’s office. Three new rules, including one lowering sensitivity thresholds for absentee ballot scanners, were passed by the State Election Board as well.

1,000 people double-voted in June primary and could face charges, Georgia secretary of state says