The Georgia State Election Board voted Wednesday to move forward with an investigation of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and the New Georgia Project for allegations of voter registration misconduct.
Election officials claim that voter misconduct took place in 2019 while Warnock served as chairman of the board for the New Georgia Project, a voter registration organization founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams in 2014.
Under Georgia election rules, voting registration organizations like the New Georgia Project are required to submit completed voter applications within 10 days from when they are received.
Election officials claim that during the 2019 registration period, 1,268 applications were submitted to the Gwinnett County elections office after the 10-day deadline, according to an investigator for Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Warnock resigned as chairman of the New Georgia Project’s board on Jan. 28, 2020.
The State Election Board voted 3-0 to submit the investigation to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. The board’s lone Democrat, David Worley, recused himself.
The case has now gone to Attorney General Carr’s office for further investigation and potential prosecution.
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In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
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