Since Wednesday’s meeting of the Georgia Elections Board to discuss the subpoena by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to the New Georgia Project seeking information about potential fraudulent voter registration forms, there have been plenty of accusations about whether the SOS office was making a mountain over a molehill in an effort to intimidate the New Georgia Project. Stefan echoed some of these concerns in a post late yesterday afternoon.
This afternoon Kemp issued a statement and a fact check to bring some clarity to the situation.
In recent weeks there have been multiple reports in the media regarding the Office of the Secretary of State’s investigation into The New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development, some containing false information. I am issuing the following information in order to set the record straight. Yesterday, the State Elections Board unanimously affirmed our intent to fully investigate these possible criminal violations. We will vigorously and thoroughly investigate this and any situation involving possible voter registration fraud. I was elected as Georgia’s Secretary of State to ensure secure, accessible and fair elections. I will never retreat from that constitutional duty and obligation.
One big question was whether the 25 registration applications flagged as possibly bring fraudulent were previously identified by the New Georgia Project, which would mean the Secretary of State’s office had not found any evidence on its own. According to the fact check, the possibly fraudulent registration applications were identified by election workers:
Claim: The New Georgia project “flagged” the 25 fraudulent voter registration forms that have been confirmed as forgeries and delivered them to the Office of the Secretary of State.
Fact: Each and every one of the confirmed forgeries came to the Investigations Division from county elections officials. The New Georgia Project did not self-report any of the 25 confirmed forged voter registration forms.
Kemp’s office also refuted the claim there are over 50,000 voter registration applications at the Secretary of State’s office that aren’t being processed due to the investigation. Noting that the Georgia Code requires voter registration applications to be processed by county registrars, the fact sheet says that there are no applications in his office waiting to be sent to counties.
Anyone wanting to vote in the November election must be registered by October 6th. There is a sense that Democrats could be close to achieving their goal of registering enough voters to turn Georgia blue. With so much at stake, expect the claims and counterclaims from each side to continue.