For well over a month now, our nation’s attention has been fixated on the 2020 election, and the ongoing legal and legislative dramas that are playing out around it.
Front and center sits the Commander in Chief’s pushback against the electoral college’s results, claiming that widespread voter fraud was responsible for Joe Biden’s win. The path to proving this now lies within Congress, which has gummed up the US legislative system in ever-more worrisome ways as of late.
But there is also concern about the sanctity of the vote in Georgia, where a pair of Senate runoff races will decide the balance of the US Senate on January 5th.
Georgia is looking to safeguard this election, and requesting more information from absentee ballot requesters.
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday took action to protect the state’s upcoming Senate runoff races from interference from out-of-state voters.
Raffensperger said on Monday that his office had sent out 8,000 letters to individuals who had moved out of Georgia, but had requested absentee ballots for the Jan. 5 elections.
“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.”
The secretary of state said anyone trying to “game the system” will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Penalties include a fine of up to $100,000 and as many as 10 years in prison.
These Senate races have put the Peach State into the center of the national political storm, with major political figures traveling to Georgia on the regular during December.
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