Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stressed that anyone trying to “game the system” during the runoff election will be prosecuted.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Monday that his office sent out 8,000 letters to voters who had moved out of Georgia but had requested absentee ballots for the Jan. 5 elections.
Raffensperger added that anyone trying to “game the system” will be prosecuted, and penalties include a fine of up to $100,000 and as many as 10 years in prison.
“Qualified Georgians and only Georgians are allowed to vote in our elections,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “I have said many times that I will not tolerate out of state voters attempting to undermine the integrity of the vote in Georgia.”
Some voters who received a letter were not breaking the law, such as residents who are temporarily out of state for remote work opportunities, military members stationed in other parts of the U.S. and students temporarily out of state for college.
Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are currently campaigning in Georgia to defend their seats from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. If both Republicans lose, the Senate will have a 50-50 split, and Kamala Harris would have the tie-breaking vote when necessary.
Ensuring a fair and incorruptible election is vital to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Americans. The integrity of our nation’s democracy depends upon it. We must make sure Democrats are unable to unlawfully interfere with the runoff election in Georgia and take the power they’re so desperate to have.