Georgia Finds Massive Number of People Who Double Voted in Primary
As I am sure you have heard by now, vote by mail is how much of the United States will be casting their ballots come November for the general election. In fact, many of you have likely even already even voted this way for your state’s primary, and many more may have already sent off for your absentee ballot application or registration.
I am also sure that you have probably heard something about the controversy going on about the process of voting by mail.
As usual, the Democratic Party is the one pushing for increased mail-in and absentee voting ballots to be sent out. They claim with COVID-19 still on the loose, this is really the only way to ensure the voters stay healthy and safe while also taking part in their right to vote on who should lead our country and its states.
However, as the Republicans have once again brought up, voting by mail is not without its problems, and as such shouldn’t be considered as the best option for voting this year. Among the most often discussed of these problems is that mail-in voting is particularly prone to fraud on multiple levels.
Naturally, the political left has always come back with the fact that there is much real evidence to suggest that as the case. Instead, they point to states like Washington and Oregon who have held mostly mail-in voting only elections for several years now and seem to have little issues with logistics or fraud.
But that’s just it. They have been doing it for years. They know precisely what to expect and are prepared for it. They keep up to date voter registration rolls and information, and their mail carriers have been equipped with all the right tools for the job of handling such a massive number of ballots by mail.
Most other states are simply not there yet, and won’t be for some time.
Take New York, for example, where because of the state’s inability to expect just how many ballots they would be received by mail or an efficient way to count them all, results for several primary elections were not reached until a full six weeks after the election was actually held.
Or what about Nevada, where, in Clark County, the county in which Las Vegas is located, and therefore, it’s most populous, had as many as 223,000 people who didn’t even receive their mail-in ballot on time to have it count.
And because of problems like these, others are being created in an attempt to avoid them.
Like in Georgia, where it was recently discovered that as many as 1000 people so far may have double voted and therefore had their vote count twice, which is a felony.
According to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Tuesday that a probe was being conducted into the possible double-voting of about 1000 people. The AJC said, “The investigation follows a chaotic primary where record numbers of voters cast absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Some voters who weren’t sure whether their absentee ballots would be received before election day decided to vote in-person to ensure their votes would count.”
Now, in theory, this idea isn’t a bad one. As the AJC reported, “Voters are allowed to cancel their absentee ballots and then vote at polling places as long as their ballots haven’t yet been received by election officials.”
In addition, as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said recently, “When you get an absentee ballot and you send it in, there are poll books and it is recorded that you have in fact voted. And if you show up at the polling site, they look at the poll book and say your vote has been counted.”
So, theoretically, this means that if you sent in a mail-in ballot and it was counted, you shouldn’t be allowed to complete a vote in person.
However, as Georgia’s system proved, quite a few people were able to do so.
Whether it was intentional or not is another question entirely, hence the investigation.
Naturally, Democrats like Aklima Khondoker of Georgia’s All Voting is Local chapter says these voters “only did what they thought was right to make sure their vote was counted.”
But the New York Times has noted at least one Georgian who was caught “bragging” about double voting.
In either case, the system doesn’t sound so fraud-proof to me. And don’t even get me started on the nearly 150,000 who sent in for absentee ballots in the state and never received them.