FILE PHOTO: Stickers saying “I Voted Today” are given out to voters in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski/File Photo/File Photo

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About 1,000 Georgians are facing investigation for voting twice in the state’s June 9 primary, according to an announcement from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He said the voters returned absentee ballots and also voted in-person on election day.

“Let me reiterate this: Every double voter will be investigated thoroughly,” Raffensperger said. “A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law. Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law.” Any voter that violated O.C.G.A. §21-2-572 would be guilty of a felony, punishable with one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Raffensperger noted that double voting hadn’t changed the outcome of any races. He stated that the investigation is still ongoing and added that proving “intentionality” for double voting is not required under Georgia law.

Voter Empowerment Task Force, a group of voting rights advocates in Georgia, criticized Raffensperger for both the state primary and the press conference. “Georgia’s failed top elections official has decided to push a right-wing narrative spreading across the country rather than focusing on protecting the Constitutional rights of every Georgian,” the group said in a statement provided to NBC News. 

“In a time when there is a lot of confusion about how to vote, where to vote, when to vote … it is terrible to make this kind of blanket statement without providing any evidence whatsoever,” Suffolk University political science professor Rachael Cobb said.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

1,000 Georgia Voters Face Prosecution for Casting Multiple Ballots – National Review – 9/8/2020
Of the 1,000 voters who voted twice, 58 percent requested Democratic ballots, according to Raffensperger’s office. Georgia does not offer the option to affiliate with a political party during voter registration, meaning voters who wish to vote in primary elections must request either a Republican or Democratic ballot.

1,000 Georgians voted twice in June primary – Axios – 9/8/2020
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Tuesday that 1,000 people in Georgia voted twice in the state’s June 9 primary by voting in person after returning a mail-in ballot, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. President Trump suggested that people should similarly vote twice during a visit to North Carolina last week to test the mail-in system, prompting a warning from the state’s election board. Double-voting is a felony in Georgia, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

As Many As 1,000 People Are Suspected Of Voting Twice In Georgia – The Federalist – 9/9/2020
With the 2020 presidential election 55 days away, and the first ballots fresh in the mail, many are concerned that the egregious voter fraud in Georgia is a prequel for what is to come in November.

Seeing double in Georgia – Popular Information – 9/9/2020
Raffensperger is attempting to blame voters for any irregularities with the June 9 result. But the New York Times reported that Georgia experienced a “full-scale meltdown of new voting systems.” 

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