Ga. elections chief finds 1,634 noncitizen voting attempts

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 10:29 AM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia’s elections chief says he uncovered 1,634 cases of potential noncitizens registering to vote, and he’ll refer them to district attorneys, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the state Election Board.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says he completed the first citizenship audit of the voter rolls in the state’s history a few weeks ago.

“I will continue to secure Georgia’s elections from noncitizens attempting to register to vote and cast ballots in the Peach State,” Raffensperger said Monday, pledging he “will never stop fighting to uphold the integrity of Georgia’s elections.”

Raffensperger said the citizenship check of the voter rolls found attempted registrations by noncitizens in 88 Georgia counties. The attempts spanned from 1997 until as recently as Feb. 24 of this year.

The largest number of attempted noncitizen registrants were in DeKalb County with 345, followed by Fulton County with 275, and Gwinnett County with 221. Five counties – Clayton (141), Cobb (143), Gwinnett (221), Fulton (275), and DeKalb (345) – accounted for 69% of the attempted noncitizen applicants.

None of the noncitizens were allowed to register to vote. Instead, they were placed in pending status and are required to provide proof of citizenship before they could be added to the rolls and cast a ballot in Georgia.

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