ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – The Secretary of State in Georgia has been warning people not to try to vote in the Senate runoffs if they are not state residents.
Now Brad Raffensperger says his office has sent letters to 8,000 people who they suspect may be trying to do it.
The 8,000 have all requested absentee ballots for the runoffs.
But they have also sent documentation to the Post Office saying they live out of state.
The letters remind the residents that voting without qualifications is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“I have said many times that I will not tolerate out of state voters attempting to undermine the integrity of the vote in Georgia. Let this be a warning to anyone looking to come to Georgia temporarily to cast a ballot in the runoffs or anyone who has established residence in another state but thinks they can game the system: we will find you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
Filing a Change of Address notice and then requesting an absentee ballot is not illegal, in itself.
Overseas military and out-of-state students do it all the time, legally.
But it puts the 8,000 on notice that the state has them on file.
And this does not address people who are pretending to move into the state and voting.