Incoming U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) helped secure a governing majority in the Senate for his party when he won last month’s runoff election.
The newly minted lawmaker is now facing troubling allegations, however, stemming from claims of misconduct in registering new voters.
“A significant part of that growth”
As the Post Millennial reported, the Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously this week to undertake an investigation of the New Georgia Project, a left-leaning group that Warnock chaired in 2019.
The organization was founded by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and describes itself as “a non-partisan effort to register and civically engaged Georgians.”
As the group’s website argues: “Over the past decade, the population of Georgia increased 18%. The New American Majority — people of color, those 18 to 29 years of age, and unmarried women — is a significant part of that growth.”
Despite bearing a nonpartisan label, the group actively campaigns on behalf of progressive causes like abortion rights.
“The New American Majority makes up 62% of the voting age population in Georgia, but they are only 53% of registered voters,” the organization maintains.
“We have not received any information”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a report stating that the organization apparently conducted registration activities in defiance of applicable state law.
Those allegations involve the reported delivery of more than 1,200 voter-registration forms in Gwinnett County past the stipulated time frame specified by Georgia’s voting ordinance. Specifically, rules mandate that organizations like the New Georgia Project must submit applications within 10 days of their receipt from voters.
Somewhat ironically, Abrams claimed in December that “Republicans do not know how to win without using voter suppression as one of their tools,” declaring that her activism is aimed at mitigating such tactics.
Warnock, who was serving as chairman of the board at the time, was also apparently incorrectly listed as its CEO in documents filed in 2019.
Its actual CEO, Nse Ufot, issued a statement challenging the veracity of the claims being made against the group, asserting: “The February 10th State Election Board meeting was the first time NGP heard about the allegations regarding NGP’s important voter registration work from 2019. We have not received any information on this matter from the secretary or any other Georgia official so we will have no further comment on the investigation.”