Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, announced Tuesday that as many as 1,000 people are suspected of voting twice in the state’s primary election.
Of the 1,000 voters who voted twice, 58 percent requested Democratic ballots. “While the investigation is still ongoing, initial results show that of the partisan ballots at issue, approximately 58 percent were Democratic ballots,” a spokesperson for the Georgia Secretary of State said in a statement to National Review.
About 150,000 Georgia residents who requested absentee ballots appeared in person at the polls because they either never received their absentee ballot or changed their minds and opted to vote in person. However, 1,000 of those voters already mailed in their absentee ballot and were allowed to vote again by poll workers.
“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said at a news conference. “Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.” Voting twice in Georgia is a felony of one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
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 prequal for what is to come in November.
Democrats have been pushing for universal mail-in voting because of concerns that in person voting will promote the spread of the Wuhan Virus. Republicans, on the other hand, are concerned that universal mail-in voting is not efficient and highly susceptible to voter fraud.
A major problem occurs when deadlines for the post office do not meet the deadline for the election. The U.S. postal service sent a letter to election officials in July, explaining voters could be at risk of not getting their ballots back to election offices in time to be counted because election rules are not compatible with the time needed for delivery and return of ballots through the mail.
In their defense of mail-in ballots, Democrats conflate absentee voting, early voting, and universal mail-in voting. But the three forms of voting should not be equated, as they are not the same process. Absentee ballots are requested by the voter, then mailed to their given address, as well as require an application and various forms of authentication. Early voting is another option for people to vote before the Election Day rush. Universal mail-in ballots do not require an application or request, and minimal authentication is requited from voters. The state simply mails a ballot to every address on their list of registered voters, which is often not accurate or updated.
Democrats have also tried using Utah as an example of successful mail-in voting. However, Utah has built an infrastructure to distribute and collect universal mail-in ballots. States like New York and California, which have declared universal mail-in voting, have not, explaining the long delays and the many ballots being voided.
Republicans have questioned the sincerity of Democrats’ concern for the spread of COVID as their rationale for universal mail-in voting. After all, Democrats seem unconcerned with the risks of spreading the virus through massive Black Lives Matter riots and protests this summer.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor for the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, said he sees “no reason” Americans should avoid voting in-person as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Fauci is right, and there is proof. Despite hysteria that Wisconsin’s in-person April election would spread the Wuhan Virus, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed it didn’t.
“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci said during a National Geographic event. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that.”