“Attempting to register to vote while knowing you do not possess the qualifications to vote is a felony in Georgia, a serious one,” Raffensperger said.
Raffensperger, who is up for reelection this year, announced the move at a state Capitol news conference while, less than one mile away, a trial kicked off in federal court to determine whether Georgia’s election laws kept voters from casting ballots in 2018 and 2002 elections. The lawsuit was filed by Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams following her loss to Republican Brian Kemp in the 2018 race for governor.
Raffensperger said Monday that third-party groups, like Fair Fight Action, are seeking to undermine election integrity by encouraging noncitizens to try to vote, a charge the organization denies. He also predicted the state would prevail in the federal bench trial.
“We will meet them and beat them in a court of law,” Raffensperger said.