A Democratic group in Georgia working to increase voter registrations in the Peach State before the midterm elections has come under fire from Georgia's secretary of state, and voter fraud expert Jay DeLancy says it's very reminiscent of work by the now-defunct group ACORN.
The New Georgia Project is "creating massive voter registrations at the last minute before the election, which is standard ACORN protocol in the past," DeLancy, director of the Voter Integrity Project, told J.D. Hayworth and Francesca Page on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
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"Now ACORN, that criminal enterprise known as ACORN, no longer exists, but they just changed their name and moved on," he explained. "We smell ACORN down there."
"What's going on is they are registering a lot of people that are turning out to be fraudulent, so the secretary of state in Georgia is investigating this, and of course the usual suspects are calling it voter suppression, racism," he said.
"But the bottom line is that they're finding a whole lot of fictitious registrations already here as they move toward a goal of 100,000 registered voters in the last month before the voter roll is locked down," he added.
According to DeLancy, the New Georgia Project is run by Georgia's House Minority Leader, Rep. Stacey Abrams, who is "closely associated" with Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn.
The New Georgia Project was subpoenaed on Sept. 9 by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican. Kemp's office was investigating registration applications that were allegedly fraudulent, Newsweek
The State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, at which the deadline was pushed to Friday.
Abrams is calling the investigation a witch hunt because she says she's required by law to turn in all registration applications, even if they contain errors.
At the meeting Friday, it was explained that there were 25 invalid forms and 26 that might be.
"The irregularities that they have found have actually been a fraction of a percent of the overall number of voter registration forms that the New Georgia Project put in," Andra Gillespie, political science professor at Emory University, told Newsweek.
Kemp told Fox News
that "somebody is clearly doing something wrong . . . and we want to figure out who that is."
In Georgia, it is a felony to falsify a voter registration form.
"Any time you're talking about forgery and fraud in Georgia law, it's certainly very serious," Kemp said.
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