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It has been reported that as many as 1,000 residents of Georgia decided to vote twice in the state's June 9 primary, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The crime is considered a felony, according to the Daily Wire.
“A double voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said during a press conference at the state Capitol.
“Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.” The Daily Wire noted that double voting is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Raffensperger said that the voters in question sent in absentee ballots and also voted in person. In the post-primary examination, the double votes were discovered.
Upwards of 150,000 people who "requested absentee ballots showed up at polling places on election day, often because they never received their absentee ballots in the mail or decided to instead vote in person,” according to the AJC.
“Of those, 1,000 of those voters had returned their absentee ballots to county election offices, and poll workers also allowed them to vote in-person.”
Raffensperger said that the double voters did not affect the outcome of any political races. The Daily Wire noted that as Democrats make an effort to install "nationwide vote-by-mail, where ballots are mailed to every registered voter, more reports are emerging about problems with the system," adding that "a man in California last month pleaded guilty to charges that he fraudulently cast his dead mother's ballots in three different elections."
President Donald Trump has warned about the adverse outcomes of a vote-by-mail system, where he stated that the US is "never going to have a fair" presidential election if this is allowed to continue.
“I have to tell you, that if you go with this universal mail-in […] tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, dogs are getting them, OK? People that have been dead for 25 years are getting them, you have to see what’s happening. Then you’re never going to have a fair election,” Trump said during a Fox News interview.
Trump has also made known his openness to install more voting booths and extend voting to include the weekend before Election Day. “I would support all of that. That’s what you want to do,” Trump noted. “I would be for opening more voting booths."