February 26, 2024

Data Specialist Pushes Georgia to Probe Illegal Voting

An knowledgeable in election information asserts that nearly 35,000 Georgia voters in 2020 forged ballots from the unsuitable jurisdictions, however Georgia’s high election official hasn’t responded to his request for an investigation. 

Mark Davis, president of Georgia-based Data Productions Inc., has pushed for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s workplace to examine his information since May 2021. Davis says he inquired once more earlier this month after discovering proof of the identical issues in Georgia’s 2021 and 2022 elections. 

“The same thing is going to happen again in 2024,” Davis, who earlier this yr scored a authorized victory over the Stacey Abrams-founded group Fair Fight Action– told The Daily Signal. “I first brought this up to the State Elections Board in 2002. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t admit you have a problem.”

“The secretary of state doesn’t want to address this because it happened on his watch,” he mentioned of Raffensperger. “I don’t know why he’s being like that. It’s happened on everyone’s watch.”

Georgia is predicted to be among the many most carefully contested states within the 2024 presidential election. In 2020, Joe Biden carried the state over Donald Trump by 11,000 votes. 

Davis, who earlier this yr scored a authorized victory over the Stacey Abrams-founded group Fair Fight Action, analyzed voting data based mostly on information from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service. He had talked concerning the information in an affidavit utilized by the Trump marketing campaign in disputing the end result of the 2020 election in Georgia. 

Davis supplied The Daily Signal together with his up to date numbers as of February. They present that out of the 34,869 voters who forged ballots within the unsuitable jurisdiction, 4,696 who voted at a earlier tackle in 2020 now are confirmed to have registered on the new tackle or have driver’s license data reflecting a change of tackle type with the Postal Service. 

In May 2021, Davis’ evaluation  of voting and postal data confirmed {that a} complete of 10,018 Georgia voters forged ballots in 2020 utilizing an previous tackle however whose voter registration or driver’s license data now matches their new tackle. That implies that now, 14,714 is the entire confirmed variety of voters whose registration or driver’s license data matches a change of tackle type, though they voted unlawfully at an previous tackle, in accordance to Davis’ evaluation.

“As discussed Friday, attached is a file of 34,869 records I would like the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate for residency issues relating to the November general election,” Davis wrote in a May 10, 2021, e mail to Gabe Sterling, chief working officer for Raffensperger’s workplace, months after the election final result was settled. “Many of these voters may also have had the same residency issues when they cast votes in previous elections as well.”

Voting from the unsuitable tackle often happens when somebody votes at a polling place assigned to a earlier residence reasonably than a present tackle. Willfully offering false data on a voter certificates is a felony under Georgia law punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $100,000 wonderful. 

Georgia legislation states that somebody might vote in his or her former jurisdiction provided that the transfer occurred inside 30 days of the election. 

Voting rules posted on county governments’ web sites say:

If you progress outdoors the county wherein you’re registered to vote inside 30 days of an election, it’s possible you’ll vote in your previous precinct for that election. If you progress outdoors the county wherein you’re registered to vote in extra of 30 days prior to an election, you’ve misplaced your eligibility to vote within the county of your previous residence. You should register to vote in your new county of residence. You will likely be assigned a brand new voting precinct and polling location. Remember, for those who don’t register to vote by the deadline, you can’t vote in that individual election.

Putting apart statewide races, Davis pressured that voting within the unsuitable county implies that some forged ballots for workplaces comparable to sheriff, district lawyer, and state legislator that don’t signify them. These voters, he mentioned, conceivably may vote in favor of county tax will increase they received’t pay. 

In what turned an notorious telephone name to Raffensperger and different Georgia officers on Jan. 2, 2021, within the remaining three weeks of his presidency, Trump and his marketing campaign attorneys referenced the info from Davis’s affidavit in saying unlawful votes had been forged within the Nov. 3 election.

Trump’s telephone name turned a part of the criminal indictment in Fulton County, Georgia, of the previous president and over 15 associates for alleged conspiracy to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election. 

“To put this into context, these are 18 people being put on trial for conspiracy in Fulton County, in part because of that phone call,” Davis instructed The Daily Signal. “President Trump and his lawyers were not asking the Secretary of State’s Office to manufacture 11,779 votes. They were asking the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate unlawful votes we were already aware of.”

Davis, who has labored with voter information since 1986, mentioned he has testified in 5 instances of disputed elections. 

Raffensperger’s workplace confirmed it will examine in 2021, however didn’t reply to his inquiry in 2022, Davis mentioned. He mentioned he contacted Raffensperger, a Republican, and different officers in his workplace Feb. 1 to ask whether or not an investigation had been opened—and if not, why not. Davis mentioned he additionally inquired about voter information past the 2020 election. 

“I have data and corroborating evidence strongly suggesting similar infractions occurred in the 2021 U.S. Senate runoff and the 2022 general election, and I expect to see more of the same in the 2024 general election unless measures are taken proactively to prevent that from occurring again,” Davis wrote within the Feb. 1 e mail. “If I make the effort to get that to you, is your office willing to open similar investigations?” 

The e mail mentioned Davis inquired concerning the matter to State Election Board member Ed Lindsey in November 2022 after contacting however not listening to again from Raffensperger’s workplace earlier that yr. 

“[Lindsey] indicated that he had not seen a complaint from me, and suggested I resubmit it through the online portal, which I did in late November of 2022,” Davis wrote, including: “I recently inquired about that complaint as well, and it apparently cannot be located either.”

Raffensperger’s workplace counters that Davis is unsuitable about Georgia’s legislation. 

“Mr. Davis’ assertions are incorrect and mischaracterize Georgia’s laws,” spokesman Mike Hassinger instructed The Daily Signal in an emailed assertion, including:

This workplace beforehand reviewed his ‘data’ and disagreed together with his conclusions. Georgia conducts rigorous listing upkeep, together with evaluations based mostly on NCOA [national change of address] information, throughout the necessities of state and federal legislation. Georgia legislation says that every one individuals whose names seem on the listing of electors shall be allowed to deposit their ballots in accordance to legislation on the precinct wherein they’re registered. None of the data supplied by Mr. Davis exhibits proof of what he erroneously describes as ‘illegal’ votes.

Raffensperger’s spokesman was referring to the state’s voter registration listing, since Georgia legislation calls voters “electors.” 

In 2015, then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican who now could be governor, voted together with the State Election Board to refer to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office a single case of a voter casting a poll within the unsuitable county, Davis mentioned. 

“The Secretary of State’s Office changed its position on interpreting the law,” Davis instructed The Daily Signal. “The facts are no different than in 2015. Then you had one [ballot cast in the wrong place];  now you have thousands.”

Georgia election law says: “All persons whose names appear on the list of electors placed in the possession of the managers in each precinct and no others, except as otherwise provided in this article, shall be allowed to deposit their ballots according to law at the precinct in which they are registered.”

Davis mentioned the legislation’s phrase “except as otherwise provided” displays voters who’re “not subsequently found to be disqualified” as mentioned in one other a part of the statute, and people are “the exact voters we are talking about.” 

In January, Davis won a federal court decision in a case wherein he was a co-defendant together with the group True the Vote and others. Fair Fight Action had sued over alleged voter intimidation after difficult the legality of votes. 

Fair Fight Action was based by Abrams, the twice-losing Democrat candidate for Georgia governor. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, appointed by President Barack Obama, dominated that Fair Fight Action had not introduced proof that voters had been intimidated. 

Davis supplied his analysis to the Trump marketing campaign throughout its problem to the end result of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. He testified to the Georgia State Senate’s Judiciary subcommittee on election legislation. IHe defined the unlawful voting in sworn affidavits Nov. 30, 2020, almost 4 weeks after the election, and on March 24, 2021, after the dispute was over.

“Mark Davis analyzed data from U.S. Postal Service change-of-address (COA) forms and compared it to voters who voted in their former precincts,” says the final state Senate report dated Dec. 3, 2020. “For example, he discovered that 14,980 out-of-state movers still voted in the Georgia general election. Another 40,279 moved across county lines more than 30 days prior to the election, yet still voted in their former county precincts, a violation of Georgia law.”

These preliminary numbers from shortly after the 2020 election included voters who stuffed out a change of tackle type through the use of  a publish workplace field. So these seemingly weren’t voters who moved to a unique county. 

The depend he despatched to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office was refined to subtract any addresses that included a publish workplace field, Davis mentioned.

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