The Georgia State Election Board referred 35 cases of voter fraud to state legal authorities for criminal prosecution on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
According to Atlanta’s local ABC station WSB, some of the cases are related to the 2020 election, but others are from previous elections because investigators work on a volunteer basis and only meet weekly.
“Election fraud is not tolerated in Georgia. When there is evidence of it, the people responsible face prosecution,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. “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.”
Raffensperger was criticized by former President Donald Trump and others after the 2020 election over reports of voter fraud in the state. Biden won the state with fewer than 12,000 votes, which was less than one-half of one percent of the vote.
No widespread fraud
At the meeting where the cases were announced, officials were careful to state that no widespread voter fraud, machine malfunctions, or election management problems occurred in 2020 or any previous elections.
In one case, over 70 fraudulent voter registrations were submitted, and another case involved the improper handling of memory cards that contained 2,760 votes in the 2020 election.
Most of the other cases only involved one or two fraudulent votes.
“I think people need to understand that we’re not going to tolerate noncitizens voting and also people double-voting,” Raffensperger said during a TV interview with WSB on Thursday. “The board is not going to have a lot of patience with people willfully defying the laws of Georgia.”
There is no set timetable for handling the cases.
Warnock under investigation
Newly elected Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is also under investigation by the state for his leadership of the New Georgia Project, a voter organization created by failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams.
The organization is accused of failing to deliver 1,268 voter registration applications to the Gwinnett County elections office within a 10-day time period in 2019 as specified by Georgia law, the Examiner reported.
Warnock is no longer associated with the group, having resigned from his position to be sworn in as a senator in January. However, he served as the group’s chairman at the time of the infraction.