According to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as many as 1000 Georgians committed a felony by voting twice in the state’s June 9th primary.
“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said during a press conference at the state Capitol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Raffensperger vowed to prosecute this crime to the fullest extent, “Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.” Double voting is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.
Raffensperger said the voters sent in absentee ballots, but then also voted in person. In a post-primary examination, the double votes were detected. About 150,000 people “who requested absentee ballots showed up at polling places on election day, often because they never received their absentee ballots in the mail or decided to instead vote in person,” AJC reported.
“Of those, 1,000 of those voters had returned their absentee ballots to county election offices, and poll workers also allowed them to vote in-person.”
The double votes did not alter the outcome of any races, according to Raffensperger.
The concern is, however, that with Democrats pushing for nationwide vote-by-mail, such an issue would be seen on a much larger scale – something that could impact elections.
More and more instances of fraud are being uncovered with relation to mail-in voting, such as a man in California last month who pleaded guilty to charges that he fraudulently cast his dead mother’s ballots in three different elections.
Caesar Peter Abutin was charged in July with one felony count of fraud and one count of fraudulent voting. He pleaded guilty to committing mail-in voting fraud three times from 2012 to 2014 using the ballots of his late mother, who died in July 2006, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced. The DA’s office said he signed the name of his mother when applying for vote-by-mail ballots.
President Trump has been a fierce critic of mail-in voting, pointing out that if it were allowed, the U.S. is “never going to have a fair” presidential election.
“I have to tell you, that if you go with this universal mail-in […] tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, dogs are getting them, OK? People that have been dead for 25 years are getting them, you have to see what’s happening. Then you’re never going to have a fair election,” Trump said.
Contrary to the narrative pushed by the mainstream media, President Trump has encouraged more people to vote and has said he would support extending voting to include the weekend before Election Day and adding additional voting booths to ease crowding. “I would support all of that. That’s what you want to do,” Trump said. “I would be for opening more voting booths.”