State election board votes to investigate Sen. Warnock, New Georgia Project for voter registration misconduct

Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and the New Georgia Project are now under investigation for alleged voter registration misconduct after a vote by the Georgia State Election Board.

Warnock was the chair for the New Georgia Project for three years. They are reportedly being accused of not delivering 2019 voter registration applications in a timely fashion.

On Wednesday, the case was sent to the state attorney general’s office to continue the investigation and where the next steps will be decided, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The New Georgia Project was founded in 2014 by failed gubernatorial Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams. The organization stands accused of “delivering 1,268 voter registration applications to Gwinnett County after the 10-day deadline set by state election rules.”

“Today’s State Election Board meeting was the first time we heard about the allegations regarding NGP’s important voter registration work from 2019,” New Georgia Project CEO Nse Ufot responded in a statement. “We have not received any information on this matter from the Secretary or any other Georgia official.”

The New Georgia Project has been called out before by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. When the vote took place on Warner and the project, the board unanimously decided to continue the investigation into misconduct with a vote of 3-0. The only Democrat sitting on the election board is David Worley and he recused himself, AJC noted. Raffensperger is the chairman of the board but typically only participates in the event of a tie.

In a previous case, it was alleged that the New Georgia Project was guilty of forging signatures and turning in incomplete forms. That case is still pending.

Last November, the secretary of state also leveled accusations at the New Georgia Project for allegedly mailing voter registration applications to individuals residing in New York City.

Warnock resigned from the New Georgia Project in January of 2020 as he campaigned for the Senate.

The New Georgia Project has claimed to have registered 800,000 young voters as well as people of color to vote in elections in the state. They have boasted that they were instrumental in flipping Georgia blue and in getting Joe Biden elected as president. But their methods have come under scrutiny and they have previously been accused of election fraud.

That’s only one thorn in their side. The group has also been hit with liens by the IRS for failing to pay their unemployment taxes. That occurred in three separate quarters in 2018. At the time, Warnock was acting as chairman of the board.

The Washington Free Beacon broke the story in December:

“The Georgia Department of Labor issued a $4,385 lien against the New Georgia Project in February 2019, according to records from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority. The amount included $3,847 in estimated unpaid unemployment taxes for the quarters ending June 30, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2018, plus interest, penalties, and fees.”

“The department issued a second $3,423 lien against the group in May 2019, which included $3,009 in estimated unemployment taxes, according to the records,” the outlet reported.

Warnock won a special election to become a Senator in Georgia. He won’t serve a full term and he will be up for reelection in 2022.


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