Georgia investigating Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock for voter registration misconduct
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia is being investigated by his own state for his involvement in a project that allegedly engaged in voter registration misconduct
Warnock has been involved with the New Georgia Project, a supposedly nonpartisan voter registration organization
founded by Democratic activist, gubernatorial candidate and former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. She founded the organization in 2014
and has since then registered nearly 500,000 people from "underrepresented communities."
According to Georgia officials, the New Georgia Project hand-delivered 1,268 voter registration applications to the Gwinnett County elections office over 10 days after they received the registration forms. Georgia election rules state that voter registration organizations must submit completed applications within 10 days after voters provide them with the relevant forms.
At the time this occurred, Warnock was supposedly listed as the organization's chief executive, which is why he is named as a respondent in the case
The group denied this, arguing that corporate document filings with misidentified Warnock's position, which was actually board chairman. Warnock resigned from the organization on Jan. 28, 2020. (Related: Wife of Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock accuses him of running her over with car in shock police body cam footage
New Georgia Project's current CEO Nse Ufot pushed back against the allegations against his organization in a statement. He said this was "the first time we 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 of State] or any other Georgia official," said Ufot.
Georgia officials conducting further investigation, will prosecute Warnock in future
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Georgia State Election Board voted three to zero to launch an investigation into Warnock's time with the New Georgia Project. The lone Democrat on the board, David Worley, recused himself. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also abstained since he usually does not vote except to break ties.
The investigation has been referred to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, who will immediately begin an investigation. Carr's office will also decide whether or not to bring charges or seek fines against Warnock and the New Georgia Project.
"Election fraud is not tolerated in Georgia," said Raffensperger in a statement. "When there is evidence of it, the people responsible face prosecution."
"Georgia has multiple safeguards in place that allow our team of investigators to discover fraudulent voting," he added. "They worked to catch the wrongdoing in these cases, and they maintain the security of Georgia elections."
Back in November, Raffensperger accused the New Georgia Project of providing voter registration applications to residents of New York City. Ufot has denied this allegation, arguing that what the organization did send to New York were postcards to volunteers who could mail them to potential Georgia voters with information regarding how they can register online.
Raffensperger opened the investigation into the New Georgia Project in December along with similar investigations against other voter registration groups. The secretary of state alleged that these organizations had "sought to register ineligible, out-of-state or deceased voters."
In a prior case that remains open, the New Georgia Project has been charged with hiring contractors who forged signatures and submitted incomplete voter registration forms.
Some of the other cases that Raffensperger has referred to the state's attorney general include four instances of felons either voting or being registered to vote, four cases of people who are not American citizens voting or registering to vote and one case of misplaced ballots during the November election.
Learn more about other instances of voter fraud in Georgia by reading the articles at VoteFraud.news