The controversy over mail-in voting and absentee ballots rages on throughout the country. Democrats claim there’s no issue with the option, while Republicans say it invites fraud.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle is keeping track of voters and votes — for example, Georgia faces a significant issue concerning the state’s June 9 primary elections.
The election allowed for both in-person voting and absentee ballots, and this wasn’t expected to be a problem.
However, it seems the system failed to protect against alleged voter fraud, which might’ve had an impact on the elections.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says about 1,000 state residents actually voted twice:
Apparently, these people submitted absentee ballots and then went to vote in person, thereby getting a chance to cast two votes.
Via Fox News:
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Tuesday that 1,000 Georgians voted twice in the state’s June 9 primary, a felony that he said will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The issue evidently hit over 100 Georgia counties, and election officials didn’t react quickly enough. Hence, those second votes were counted.
This isn’t simply an error in the process, either.
As Raffensperger said, this involves people who willingly broke the law in order to double their vote:
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. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.
Currently, it’s not known whether those twice-counted votes had any impact on the outcome of the races. But it certainly means there are inaccuracies.
The findings will be turned over to the state attorney general and local district attorneys, and that’s when they might pursue prosecution.
It’s true that double voting is a felony, and holds a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
To add to the problem, Raffensperger claims about 150,000 Georgia voters who requested absentee ballots showed up to vote in person. Perhaps it was lucky that only 1,000 got to cast a second vote.
Obviously, this begs the question: could such an issue hit the presidential election in November?
Raffensperger says his office “is working with county election officials” to ensure that double-voting doesn’t happen at that time. But could it happen in other places?
There’s no doubt that states will have to plug potential holes like this one. Accuracy and reliability will be paramount come November.
- About 1,000 people in Georgia cast an absentee ballot and voted in person for the June 9 primary elections.
- Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says 150,000 residents requested an absentee ballot, and also showed up to vote in person.
- Double-voting is a felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Source: Fox News