GBI to aid secretary of state in election investigations

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An election worker places a ballot in a counted bin during a hand recount of Presidential votes on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 in Marietta, Ga. (John Amis/Atlanta Journal & Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (WSAV) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be assisting the secretary of state in ongoing investigations related to the general election.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the governor signed off on the request Friday — a move he says will aid in quickly investigating credible allegations brought to his office.

Last week, Raffensperger said his office had approximately 250 open investigations related to the November election.

“We will stop at nothing to guarantee that all Georgians can have faith in the integrity of our election,” Raffensperger said.

“At this point, my office has found no evidence of widespread fraud, and three recounts — including a hand recount of paper ballots that voters read and approved before scanning — have returned the same result, but we will follow the evidence where it takes us and we will adhere to the law,” he continued.

The GBI met with officials from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday to discuss the agency’s role in assisting investigations.

According to the GBI, agents plan to conduct interviews and investigate fraud allegations in specific cases identified by the state election officials.

Any questionable election-related activity should still be directed to the secretary of state.

Raffensperger said he requested additional assistance from the GBI on Friday, and Kemp quickly agreed.

“In order for Georgians to receive a timely conclusion to these important investigations, I thank the secretary for formally requesting Georgia Bureau of Investigation assistance in order to provide additional manpower and resources,” Gov. Brian Kemp said.

“Highly qualified GBI personnel will work alongside law enforcement officers within the Secretary of State’s Office to ensure that Georgia’s election laws are followed and the investigations are completed as soon as appropriate,” he added.

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