They Just Referred 1,600 People For Prosecution For….
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State referred more than 1,600 cases of potential non-citizens attempting to register to vote in Georgia to local prosecutors and state investigators.
According to the Just The News report:
Republican elections chief referred the cases to the State Election Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and local prosecutors for action, according to a statement issued by his office. The announcement comes just weeks after Raffensperger noted that his office had completed the first citizenship audit of the state’s voter registration lists.
The state could not verify the non-citizens through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.
Raffensperger said during the news release, “Ensuring that only citizens are voting in Georgia’s elections is key to upholding the integrity of the vote in Georgia,”
He added, “As liberal states and cities around the country are changing their laws to allow noncitizen voting, I will continue to take steps to ensure Georgia’s elections are executed with integrity. Leading the state’s first citizenship audit of the voter rolls is an important part of that effort.”
District Attorney Chris Arnt of Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit also said in a separate statement that “Attempting to register to vote by an individual who knows he or she is ineligible is a violation of Georgia law.”
The release also mentioned:
“Due to Georgia’s existing citizenship check procedures, the noncitizens identified in the citizenship check were placed into “pending citizenship” status and were not able to vote.”
The search found 1,634 individuals who had attempted to register to vote in Georgia despite not being citizens. In total, 2,258 voter registration applications are currently in “pending citizenship” status. The difference between the two numbers is that there were 624 records where the Secretary of State’s office was not able to obtain the required information to utilize the SAVE verification tool.
Those additional 624 applicants remain in “pending citizenship” status because the citizenship check with the Department of Driver Services at the time of registration flagged those applicants as non-citizens according to DDS records. All 2,258 individuals were placed in pending status and not added to the voter rolls. None of these individuals have cast ballots in the Georgia elections.
The audit uncovered attempted registrations by non-citizens in 88 counties across The Peach State. While the attempts occurred between 1997 and February 24, 2022, most of the attempted registrations — 80.7% or 1,319 — have occurred since 2016.
Both Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp (R), drew the ire of President Donald Trump after the 2020 election. This is after Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia marked the first victory for Democrats in Georgia for decades.
During Trump’s rally last month, he described Kemp as “a turncoat” and “a coward,” further accusing him of making Georgia elections “a complete and total disaster.”
He also endorsed former U.S. Sen. David Perdue as Kemp’s primary challenger.
“Before we can defeat the Democrats, socialists, and communists, which is exactly what we’re running against at the ballot boxes next fall, we first have to defeat the RINOs, sellouts, and the losers in the primaries this spring. We have a big primary coming up right here in your state. We’re going to throw out a very, very sad situation that took place here: RINO Gov. Brian Kemp,” Trump said.
“And we’re going to replace him with a very strong person and a fearless fighter and somebody that frankly got screwed in the last election; David Perdue never lost in his life.”
Sources: Conservative Brief, Just The News