The New Georgia Project, an organization that was led by the Democratic candidate for the Georgia Senate, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, is under investigation for allegedly sending ballot applications to nonresidents. Warnock allegedly helped register some 400,000 people from other states so they could vote in Georgia.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is the driving force behind the investigation after detecting a possible violation of state law that may have occurred when the organization sent voter registration applications to New York City, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is a felony,” Raffensperger said at a press conference. “These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.”
Warnock was named CEO of the New Georgia Project from 2017 to Feb. 21, 2020, according to the group’s corporate registration. Warnock has also been identified as president and spokesman for the New Georgia Project in media reports and has publicly stated that he organized voter mobilization campaigns for the group, including a push to register 80,000 new minority voters in 2014.
In addition to the self-styled “nonpartisan” group, Raffensperger will also investigate three other organizations charged with “improper registration activities.”
The three organizations are: America Votes, which allegedly mailed absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994; Vote Forward, which allegedly registered a dead voter from another state for the Georgia election; and Operation New Voter Registration Georgia, which is accused of encouraging college students to temporarily change their residence for the purpose of voting in the state.
As Federalist reported, in addition to this recent investigation that puts Democrat Warnock at the center of the controversy, the reverend was also recently attacked after reports surfaced of his involvement in a 2002 police investigation when he, along with another official, allegedly prevented law enforcement officers from interviewing church camp counselors following reports of a child suspected of abuse.
Warnock will face Republican Kelly Loeffler in the Senate runoff election as Georgia’s representative in January, one of two races that could decide the fate of the current Republican Party majority in the Senate. But his entanglements with the law could discourage his voters.
Meanwhile, Raffensperger has officially launched 250 new investigations into “credible claims of illegal voting and violation of state election law” during the November presidential election, The BL reported.
“We have multiple investigations underway surrounding city ballots in Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, and many others,” Raffensperger said. “We [will also] continue our investigations into potential dead, double voters, and nonresident voters. This is the kind of specific charge that our office can investigate and ascertain the truths.”
Raffensperger’s comments, and his decision to investigate the reported fraud cases, were announced immediately after he received strong criticism from President Trump directed at him and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes. It will be a “goldmine” of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020