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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday that “for the first time in state history,” his office would “automatically check the citizenship status of all voter-registration applicants tagged as potential noncitizens by the Department of Driver Services.”
According to the secretary of state’s office, “All such applicants will be put through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAVE database as part of the routine process of voter registration.”
“This is a win for election security and integrity in Georgia,” Raffensperger said. “We are making it clear that if noncitizens attempt to register to vote, we will stop them before they get on the voter rolls, we will investigate, and we will prosecute. I have committed to ensuring Georgia’s voting lists remain accurate, and this new step will be an important piece of that effort.”
The measure to deter noncitizens from voting came after Raffensperger audited Georgia’s voter rolls.
The probe revealed that 1,634 noncitizens attempted to register to vote in the 2020 presidential election yet were never added to the voter rolls.
Attempted voter “registration by noncitizens is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000,” Raffensperger’s office stated.
“Ensuring that only citizens are voting in Georgia’s elections is key to upholding the integrity of the vote in Georgia,” said the secretary of state.
In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Georgia has been at the center of election fraud allegations.
Election integrity group True the Vote recently launched a probe into Georgia and reportedly uncovered evidence of a ballot trafficking scheme in the state.
A detailed account of the group’s investigation not just into the Peach State but multiple other states is unveiled in Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, “2000 Mules.”