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Embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday his office has opened an investigation into a GOP-supporting Florida lawyer who allegedly registered to vote in the Peach State and encouraged other Republicans to do the same.
The attorney in question, Bill Price, was recorded telling a Bay County Florida Republican Party meeting Nov. 7 that he was moving to neighboring Georgia and was going to stay with his brother so he could register to vote in the upcoming Senate run-off elections next month, FOX-5 reported.
He then encouraged other GOP voters to become “his roommate in Georgia” so they, too, could register to vote.
“If we lose the Senate on Jan. 5 in Georgia, we will become Venezuela,” he told the crowd, as noted in a video that the party chapter posted to its Facebook page but has since removed. “I will invite each and every one of you to be my roommate in Georgia.”
He added, according to FOX-5: “I’m changing my voter registration right now, and I’m inviting two million people to be my roommate.”
“It’s only for a couple months,” Price says, as he encourages others to follow him, Fox News reported this week. “We’ll have buses leaving right out here, going to Atlanta the day before Jan. 5 and I might need you guys to help me move back to Florida on Jan. 6.
“We have to start fighting back and we have to do whatever it takes,” he continued. “And if that means changing your address for the next two months, so be it.
“We’ll make room for you at the dinner table,” he added before giving out his brother’s address several times.
Price told Fox News earlier this week that he filled out a Georgia voter registration form online, but that he only did so to see how easy the process was.
“I wanted to see how easy it was to do it,” he told the outlet. “I’m not actually moving to Georgia. I was joking.”
Nevertheless, Raffensperger’s office isn’t taking Price’s word for that.
“Registering without the intention of permanent residency is a felony,” Georgia Secretary of State spokesman Walter Jones told Fox News. “Only permanent residents are eligible to vote in Georgia.”
“Secretary Raffensperger has made it clear he has no tolerance for election wrongdoing and will investigate any credible evidence of it.”
“An attorney should know better,” Deidre Holden, a Republican and chair of the Board of Elections in Paulding County, where Price allegedly attempted to register. “This is fraud, especially after his speech on Facebook.”
In announcing the probe, Raffensperger — a Republican who has come under fire from President Trump’s campaign and others for his handling of the November election — said he wouldn’t tolerate fraudulent registrations.
“Make no mistake, individuals who attempt to undermine the integrity of Georgia’s elections will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
“Those who move to Georgia just to vote in the Senate runoffs with no intention of staying are committing a felony that is punishable with jail time and hefty fines. They will be found, they will be investigated, and they will be punished.”
Earlier this week, Raffensperger’s office announced it is investigating a voter registration group founded by 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams for allegedly sending ballots to people in other states.
The Abrams-founded group, New Georgia Project, is one of four Raffensperger’s office is investigating.
The Jan. 5 run-off elections will decide whether Republicans retain control of the Senate. If incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both lose, which isn’t expected if the election is clean, it would result in a 50-50 tie effectively giving Joe Biden’s Democratic Party full control of Congress and, if he’s ultimately inaugurated, the White House.
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