Georgia secretary of state announces investigations, defends election

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Georgia’s top elections official says his office is investigating potential election law violations by groups working to register voters ahead of January’s Senate runoffs.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also is punching back at claims that fraud has tainted the state’s presidential election. Raffensperger said dishonest actors are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims and apparently misleading the president as well.

He said during a news conference Monday that his office has 23 investigators probing 250 open cases alleging some kind of election law violation, but none of them cast doubt on the integrity of the state’s election results.

Raffensperger says New Georgia Project may have sent voter registration applications to people in New York City in an attempt to have them vote in Georgia’s runoff election.

Calling the claims “false” and “tired,” the organization sent News 3 the following, in part:

“As Georgians are turning out in record numbers to have their voices heard at the polls, the Secretary of State is resorting to desperate attempts to smear law-abiding organizations and scare eligible Georgians from registering to vote in critical upcoming elections. We will not be deterred,” said Nsé Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project.

“This attack on our organization comes at a time when people across the country have witnessed the strength of our program and the collective power of a new Georgia electorate that embraces a system of inclusivity and opportunity for all Georgians. The timing is not accidental,” she continued.

Vote Forward is being investigated for allegedly registering a dead Alabama woman to vote in Georgia.

The group sent News 3 this response:

The letters our volunteers are mailing in advance of the January 5th special election are being sent only to Georgia addresses, not to any other state….We rely on a third-party vendor for voter information and try to make sure this data is as accurate as possible.”

Vote Forward Spokesperson

Meanwhile, a machine recount continues of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state.

Forty-three of Georgia’s 159 counties have completed the recount, Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system implementation manager, said Monday afternoon. Effingham and Toombs counties are included on that list.

The Chatham County Board of Elections resumed work Monday morning, and officials say the process “is running smoothly.”

Elections Supervisor Russell Bridges says he hopes to get it done by Wednesday morning, before the midnight deadline. On Monday, election workers finished recounting election day ballots and early in-person votes.

Absentee ballots, which require more scrutiny, will be counted in the coming days.

Contributions to this report by the Associated Press

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