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Georgia Secretary of State announces over 1,000 Georgians voted twice in June 9 primary

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The office of the Georgia Secretary of State is investigating how 1,000 Georgians were able to allegedly cast both an absentee and in-person ballot in the June 9 primary, just days after President Donald Trump warned that the practice could threaten the integrity of this November’s election. ~

Georgia Secretary of State and Republican Brad Raffensperger said it appeared that around 1,000 voters submitted absentee ballots and also voted in person across 100 Georgia counties. Double voting is a felony that is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Because of COVID-19, Raffensperger and the State Election Board made a number of changes to voting in Georgia, including a 24/7 drop box for absentee ballots, allowing earlier processing of absentee ballots and creating a new online absentee portal for voters to request their ballots. So far, at least 900,000 of Georgia’s 7.4 million voters have requested an absentee ballot for November. ~

Earlier Thursday, the President said in a series of tweets that voters who submitted absentee ballots should go to their polling site to test the integrity of the election process, and “see whether or not your Mail In Vote has been Tabulated (Counted). If it has you will not be able to Vote & the Mail In System worked properly.” It’s not clear how many of the Georgians who allegedly voted twice did so intentionally, but one Long County man did brazenly tell a local news outlet that he voted twice to prove that there was a flaw in the system (GBP News). ~

A group of voting rights advocates in Georgia criticized Raffensperger for both the mismanaged primary and today’s announcement. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on Tuesday offered legal assistance to voters accused of voting twice or for anything else related to voting. “The ACLU of Georgia is at the forefront of protecting everyone’s sacred right to vote,” executive director Andrea Young said in an emailed statement. “We want every Georgia citizen to know that if you are being threatened with prosecution for exercising your right to vote, please contact us immediately,” (AP News). ~

ARTICLE: CARSON CHOATE

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