Stacey Abrams-Led Group Faces More Voter Fraud Accusations
Best known for narrowly losing to Brian Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race, Stacey Abrams is facing accusations of the very offense she once accused Kemp of. While Abrams claimed Kemp had suppressed vulnerable populations from voting, Abrams is being accused of encouraging out-of-state residents to vote in the Peach State’s upcoming runoff election.
On Monday, November 30, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger launched investigations into several groups for alleged voter fraud, including The New Georgia Project, America Votes, Vote Forward, and Operation Voter Registration GA. Abrams founded The New Georgia Project in 2014 to stimulate political interest among minorities in the Peach State.
According to Raffensperger, The New Georgia Project and alleged co-conspirators “sought to register ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters.”
The New Georgia Project Blatantly Denies the Accusations
Shortly after officially announcing the investigations, The New Georgia Project swiftly denied Raffensperger’s accusations. The organization published a press release, claiming the Georgia secretary of state’s claims were “false” and “tired.”
Nse Ufot, The New Georgia Project’s chief executive officer, expressed similar sentiments, claiming the accusations were a “desperate attempt” at a smear campaign. Ufot says the investigation’s purpose is to scare voters away from the upcoming runoff election on January 5.
Georgia Department of State Warns Nonresidents to Stay Away From Polls
For several weeks, Secretary Brad Raffensperger has warned out-of-state residents to stay far away from polls on January 5, 2021. The secretary issued alerts to poll workers and government employees, urging them to watch out for nonresident voters. Raffensperger also sent similar warnings to political organizations throughout Georgia.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, false voter registration is a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Organizations that bring out-of-state residents to Georgia to falsely register for elections can be charged with felony racketeering, a felony punishable by as many as 20 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.
The New Georgia Project’s Spotted History
In 2014, during Brian Kemp’s tenure as Georgia’s secretary of state, Kemp initiated an investigation into The New Georgia Project for alleged voter fraud. An official press release from the office says that The New Georgia Project failed to self-report dozens of fraudulent voter registration forms. Rather, county election officials discovered the forms.
Although the organization received no criminal charges, 14 individuals affiliated with The New Georgia Project were cited for forging voter applications. All 14 people cited were independent contractors, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Stacey Abrams established The New Georgia Project during her time in the Georgia House of Representatives. She no longer holds any political office, not having won any local or state elections since 2017.