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Georgia Officials Warn Against Moving to State to Vote in Senate Runoffs

Georgia Officials Warn Against Moving to State to Vote in Senate Runoffs

“Any out-of-state individuals temporarily coming to GA for the sole purpose of voting in the Jan. 5th run-off election with no intention of permanently staying … are subject to felony prosecution,” state AG Chris Carr tweeted.

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Thanks to North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan winning their respective reelection battles last week, Republicans currently hold a 50-48 advantage in the battle for who controls the Senate.

The only races left to be decided are the two Georgia Senate runoff races that will take place on January 5th. Should incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue win, Republicans would have the upper hand in the Senate 52-48. Both of them losing would mean the tie-breaking vote goes to the vice president. If Joe Biden is certified next month as the winner in the presidential election, the tiebreaker in the Senate would be his vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris.

Obviously, both sides want to win these final two races badly. Unfortunately, some Democrats are so desperate to win that they’re urging supporters to do something that could potentially land them in court.

Last Monday during an appearance on Chris Cuomo’s CNN “Prime Time” program, liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman encouraged voters to move to the state of Georgia specifically to cast a vote in the two Senate runoffs:

“You can sit back, Chris, and say, ‘Well it’s actually good if you have divided government.’ Everyone has skin in the game, OK? And then maybe they’ll want to cooperate more. But what is McConnell telling us? He’s not – he wants his – your scalp in the game, OK? That’s what he wants. He’s already telling us he’s going to try to do to Biden what he did to Obama.

And what that means is, I hope – I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote, and votes for these two Democratic senators…”

Watch:

New York Magazine writer Eric Levitz tweeted – and then deleted – a message urging Democrats to move to Georgia temporarily in order to cast votes in the two races:

Failed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted a few days after the election that he and his wife were “moving to Georgia” in order to help Democratic Senate nominees Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win:

Yang clarified later that he was not planning on voting in the runoffs, but instead to help organize GOTV efforts. But his original tweet on moving to the state to “help” the candidates win is still up, which has led to a lot of confusion and which also prompted Georgia election and state officials to forcefully respond to the suggestions that people move to the state to tip the scales in the Senate runoffs.

Here’s what Georgia’s voting system manager Gabriel Sterling had to say during a Thursday presser:

“Let me be clear about this: If you want to move to Georgia and be a part of the No. 1 state in America to do business, we are happy to have you,” said Gabriel Sterling. “It’s great to have you come in. But if you are here for the sole sake of politics…. If you voted for Senate in one state and moved here to another state, I know that’s another thing that could potentially go before the courts because you’ve already cast a vote for a body that could be seated in January. Don’t game our system.”

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr was even more direct in letting people know what could happen if they moved to the state on a temporary basis to vote in the elections:

Georgia Republican Congressman Jody Hice discussed the calls from some Democrats for people move to the state to vote in a recent interview with Newsmax’s Sean Spicer:

The Georgia GOP is asking other state officials to get involved and monitor new voter registrations in Georgia, stating that the “Georgia legislature never intended for non-Georgians to dilute the voices of Georgians in our elections”:

People have until December 7th to register to vote in the runoffs.

Putting aside whether this is legal or illegal to do, the suggestion that people from out of state move to another temporarily just to vote is pretty despicable. It is longtime residents whose daily lives are directly impacted by the outcomes of these races, not the people who move there on a short-term basis. The people who have made a state their home should be the only ones who have a say in their elections, not outsiders who come into it for the sole purpose of manipulating races so their party can take control of the House or Senate.

In addition to Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s declaration that “Now we take Georgia, then we change America!”, AOC’s vow to help Georgia Democrats in any way she can, and Ossoff’s and Warnock’s troubling comments about the police, look for Georgia Republicans to also use the left’s calls for Democrats to move to the state as another powerful motivator to get Republicans to go to the polls.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 15, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Ian Miles Cheong
@stillgray

They want to disenfranchise conservatives.

Here is Jon Ossoff, Democrat running for Georgia Senate, with a stunningly beautiful call to unity.

I interpret that a dog whistle to Democrats to do violence.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to gonzotx. | November 15, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks.

    Sean Davis
    @seanmdav

    A separate source who has seen the evidence compiled during the course of Durham’s investigation told
    @FDRLST
    this afternoon that there’s “more than enough evidence to indict multiple” involved in the Russian collusion hoax operation to take down Trump.

What’s unbelievable is that Durham has apparently decided that he won’t be producing ANY report because he’s afraid of Biden’s blowback

And Barr, he’s hiding somewhere no one can find him…

Poor President Trump

Poor America

    Olinser in reply to gonzotx. | November 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Exactly as predicted. He should have fired that fat POS Barr a year ago, when it came out just how much crap they’d withheld from the Flynn investigation.

    He DEFINITELY should have fired him when he refused to release anything before the election.

    All of these RINOs are pathetically predictable.

      Are you calling Trump a RINO here? Confusing but I guess not completely wrong since he’s more a populist than a Republican. But it still seems off given how much Trump has done to reinvigorate the party by making most of the party see, at long long last, that the base wants fighters not smarmy squishies who roll over for Democrats/commies.

OleDirtyBarrister | November 15, 2020 at 4:31 pm

The text of the GA Constitution with respect to run-off elections and eligible electors:

Paragraph II. Run-off election. A run-off election shall be a continuation of the general election and only persons who were entitled to vote in the general election shall be entitled to vote therein; and only those votes cast for the persons designated for the runoff shall be counted in the tabulation and canvass of the votes cast.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to OleDirtyBarrister. | November 15, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I’d have more faith in that if they weren’t advertising a registration deadline to vote in the runoff. If that passage means what it appears to meanthere should be no new registrations accepted for the purpose of this runoff.

      I am not an expert on election law or on the Georgia Constitution, but it may very well be that eligibility refers to being a resident of Georgia and of voting age at the time of the original election, not to whether the person was actually registered. That would disqualify anyone who moved to Georgia after November 3, not just people who move in and then move out quickly.

There’s one way to make Georgia moot: Manchin switches party. He holds a pretty strong hand.

    Olinser in reply to MTED. | November 15, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    If your plan for success involves Joe Manchin being the deciding vote for anything conservative, you should seriously re-evaluate your life choices.

    Manchin has never been, and will never be, the deciding vote in conservatives favor.

    EVERY major vote he waited until he knew his vote was worthless before voting with conservatives.

    EVERY issue where they required his vote for The Party, he fell in line like a good little dog.

      My “life” choices? Who the hell do you think you are?

      thetaqjr in reply to Olinser. | November 15, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      From above: “ There’s one way to make Georgia moot: Manchin switches party. He holds a pretty strong hand.”

      Rewritten to an if-then form it reads, If Manchin switches parties, then Georgia’s senatorial results moot.

      Beyond your taking the statement and assigning a lifestyle to the writer, an if-then statement is no plan at all.

      Ha. You’ve taken exception to something that doesn’t exist in the first instance.

    Getting Manchin to flip – the same guy who voted to remove Trump from office on the basis of the Russia hoax – is not a plan. It would be the dying spasm of a moribund GOPe too weak and befuddled to govern and is simply trying to keep their noses above water a little bit longer.

    But Manchin won’t flip. For one thing he has too much power right now. By hinting that he may flip he can wring more concessions out of the Communist Party leadership. Once he flips he is toast on both sides of the aisle. He may also be gambling that by not switching the next time he comes up for re-election the election process will be so thoroughly corrupt the voters will no longer have any say, and his political survival will depend solely on keeping the Communist satraps happy.

Why wouldn’t voter rolls be closed as it’s a do over?

But what is McConnell telling us? He’s not – he wants his – your scalp in the game, OK? That’s what he wants. He’s already telling us he’s going to try to do to Biden what

“…we been trying to do to Trump.”

FTFH

“…subject to felony prosecution…”

Is Durham the prosecutor?

‘“Any out-of-state individuals temporarily coming to GA for the sole purpose of voting in the Jan. 5th run-off election with no intention of permanently staying … are subject to felony prosecution,” state AG Chris Carr tweeted.’

Now THAT is an empty threat! Aside from the fact that Obama and Clinton Federal judges would squash any such prosecutions, the Georgia GOP had two years warning that the Communists planned to steal the 2020 election – and they still got caught with their britches down.

    Close The Fed in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    As a Georgia lawyer, I can tell you it would be a state prosecution in state courts.

      Considering how badly the state bungled this election, I am not exactly comforted. And while I don’t doubt your reading of the law in Georgia, Federal judges have displayed an unhealthy itch to stick their noses into whatever they want.

      Incidentally, how could the state PROVE someone moved to Georgia who had no intention to stay permanently? I can hear it now: “Your Honor, it is true I have no job as of yet, and I am renting a cheap room at the Motel 6. But Georgia is a land flowing with milk and honey, so surely you wouldn’t deprive me of my right to vote in my new home sweet home, this Southern Paradise, would you?”

        Move new voter registrations to the front of the jury duty pool. If someone tries to get out of jury duty because they don’t live in Georgia (within a reasonable time span), that’s a good indication the prosecutors need to look at them.

          Personally I think that the idea of conning people into moving temporarily to Georgia just to vote in a runoff election seems notoriously inefficient, even for Communists. To make a difference such a scheme would need tens of thousands (at least) of suckers to agree to participate. I am old enough to remember in 2004 Communists calling for New Yorkers to move temporarily to Florida to try to swing the election to Kerry. That idea flopped.

          More likely is a repeat of what we saw a a few days ago: vote counting in deep blue cities mysteriously shut down without reason and then just as mysteriously restarted in the dark hours of the morning, independent election observers harassed and barred, thumb drives containing tens of thousands of votes magically appearing, tens of thousands of mail-in ballots counted with no effort to verify their validity, and last-second changes to election laws ordered by local and state judges.

          hvlee in reply to malclave. | November 16, 2020 at 8:22 pm

          It doesn’t matter. We’ve already had so many Blue Staters move here legally that we’re in this trouble anyway. Watch for Stacey Abrams to be the next governor.

      henrybowman in reply to Close The Fed. | November 15, 2020 at 11:08 pm

      And is it an extraditable offense? Or can they just sit in their California homes and thumb their noses at you?

      I think Georgia should just shoot anyone, of any party, who tries this, and hang anyone who suggests that others do it. I tell you, I’m liking all the odds on that plan.

amatuerwrangler | November 15, 2020 at 9:04 pm

So the Dems are of a mind that they cannot win these run-offs on the voters of Georgia, so they have to bring in carpetbaggers to do it for them….

And they are not about the people of Georgia choosing their pwn Senators to speak for them in DC.

Good to know…

buckeyeminuteman | November 16, 2020 at 7:05 am

If there’s a way to cheat, by God the Dems will do it.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 16, 2020 at 8:54 am

Recovering Lutheran said:

I am old enough to remember in 2004 Communists calling for New Yorkers to move temporarily to Florida to try to swing the election to Kerry. That idea flopped.

That’s done already. Plenty of Noo Yawkuhz have winter homes in FLAH-rid-ah”. They are registered in both states. They vote in one place, board a plane, fly to tthe other, vote, and fly home all in one day.

Consider this. What if it is shown that a significant number of votes in such counties as Fulton and Gwynnet were likely fraudulent or were recorded fraudulently. If this can be shown, then a simple fix would be to either exclude votes from thos counties or certify the vote totals entered before the point where fraudulent activity becomes most likely. This may well change the vote count in the US Senate races thereby eliminating the need for a run-off.

Personally, I think that the GA SecState and Gov suspect that this is one of the results of a thorough audit of the vote count in this election. And, if the Presidential race results are revered and there is NO run-off for Senator, they believe that Atlanta will burn. And, they are not about to let that happens, even if it means disenfranchising 73 million voters in this country. The chattering political class cares nothing about the future of its constituency.

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