It looks like the Good Reverend Raphael Warnock has a new point of scrutiny; or at least, a group he used to head appears to.
Rev. Warnock served as the CEO of The New Georgia Project from 2017 until Feb. 21, 2020. The group is one of four voter sign-up groups under investigation by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for improper registration activities. While Raffensperger said in a press conference that he has not seen indications of systemic fraud in the presidential election in Georgia, he said there is evidence of “third-party groups working to register people in other states to vote here in Georgia.”
According to their website, the New Georgia Project claims it is a non-partisan effort to help Georgians get registered and civically engaged. They particularly focus on the new and growing Georgia population: people of color, 18-29 year olds, and single women. Their stats show that these groups make up 62 percent of the voting age population, but only 53 percent are actually registered voters. The New Georgia Project looks to change that.
Raffensperger alleges that the New Georgia Project sent voter registration applications to New York City, which could be a violation of state law.
“ ‘Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is a felony,’ said Raffensperger. ‘These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.’ ”
This is not the New Georgia Project’s first time at the rodeo. In 2014, the group came under investigation for alleged voter fraud, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“The New Georgia Project, which faced accusations in 2014 of fraudulently registering voters and wasting millions of dollars from private donors, is trying to make a comeback this year as it pushes to register tens of thousands of minority voters for this year’s presidential election.”
The New Georgia Project was founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who at that time, was the Georgia State House Minority Leader. In 2017, the fraud case was referred to law enforcement, but charges were never brought. Then Secretary of State Brian Kemp (now Governor Brian Kemp) was accused by the group of voter suppression, and the Good Reverend Warnock, who now headed the New Georgia Project, claimed, “Using the word voter fraud is alarmist, and it was totally unnecessary.”
The Project filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kemp over allegations that he and local elections officials misplaced thousands of registration forms submitted by the Project. Kemp won the lawsuit and then continued to investigate fraud claims against some of the principals involved in registering voters on the Project’s behalf. One now understands the bad blood between Kemp and Abrams even before they faced each other in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.
According to the AJC, even some Democrats look askance at the New Georgia Project, saying it failed to meet those 2014 goal of significantly pumping up minority registrations.
The Good Reverend Warnock is now in a heated run-off with Senator Kelly Loeffler, and is still dodging heat for his incendiary comments about serving God and the military among other troubling issues.
What a disgusting thing to say.
Tens of thousands of Americans tragically die every year because of opioids.
But my opponent doesn’t seem to care about them because he thinks most of the victims are “white and suburban.”
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) November 30, 2020
When asked by the Washington Free Beacon about the new investigation against the New Georgia Project, Warnock still dismissed the charges as ‘alarmist.’