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Georgia Investigating Spate of Double Voters in Absentee-Heavy Primary

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Georgia’s top elections official said Tuesday that his office has identified about 1,000 cases of double voting in the June primary election — a felony he’s determined to see prosecuted.

Voters across 100 Georgia counties submitted absentee ballots but also voted in person, and election officials didn’t catch them in time to keep the second votes from being tallied, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.

“No one gets to vote twice. Everyone gets one vote,” Raffensperger said.

It was not immediately clear whether the outcome of any races may have been affected.

Raffensperger said his office’s investigators will hand the findings over to the state attorney general and local district attorneys for possible prosecution.

Double voting is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, Raffensperger said.

“A double voter knows exactly what they are doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law,” Raffensperger said.

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