Election authorities in Georgia are investigating multiple progressive groups for attempting to register ineligible voters ahead of January’s two elections in the state that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
As reported by Reuters, U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Monday that his office was examining registration efforts by America Votes, Vote Forward and the New Georgia Project.
“These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible,” Raffensperger said.
Raffensperger alleged some groups had been encouraging people who lived outside Georgia to register to vote in the state.
Raffensperger emphasized that “voting in Georgia when you’re not a resident of Georgia is a felony. And encouraging college students to commit felonies without regard for what it might mean for them is despicable. These third-party groups have a responsibility not to encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.”
Raffensperger’s office also has 23 investigators working on 250 open investigations into “credible claims of illegal voting” and election law violations in the U.S. presidential election.
As reported by Fox News, Gabriel Sterling, the election official who manages Georgia’s voting system, told reporters that “this is new information, these outside groups attempting to register people illegally potentially, in other states.”
Sterling said that these third-party groups appear to be “literally saying ‘hey, it’s OK to commit a felony.’”