by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 21, 2022) – As with the state of Wisconsin on July 7, on Tuesday the non-profit Look Ahead America released a follow-up report containing the responses of Georgia election officials to the group’s referral of cast ballots from the 2020 general election which appeared to fall into one of three disallowed categories.
LAA has spearheaded a number of projects to include voter enfranchisement, the “J6 Question Project and Justice for J6,” the “ProAmerica School Resolution,” an “Anti-Corporate Censorship Bill,” and Voter Integrity Reform Policy Objectives, and the Voter Integrity Project.
The organization’s efforts to expunge ineligible voters from the rolls in Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania has received coverage from Gloucester City News and JusttheNews and the J6 project from Bill Martinez Live.
The Post & Email has previously focused on LAA’s work on voter rolls in Wisconsin, beginning with the group’s initial report issued a year ago finding that more than 157,000 likely illegal ballots were cast in the 2020 general election. “Whether using the likely projections or the bare minimum, which assumes everything that we did not examine or could not determine was legal, we must conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the deserved winner of the state of Wisconsin’s Presidential Electoral Votes in the 2020 General Election is unknowable,” the 2021 report states on “page 16 of 24.”
A summary presented on page 3 of the new report recaps the organization’s previous Georgia research as well as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger‘s acknowledgement of its utilization of the National Change of Address (NCOA) database as a viable tool to flag possible illegal voters.
Raffensperger is seeking re-election in November after having won the May 24 Republican primary. His campaign website boasts a record of election integrity measures and “Georgia’s voter lists being recognized as the cleanest in the nation by the Heritage Foundation.”
An LAA press release dated June 29, 2021 announced that Raffensperger initially “ignored” evidence it sent to his office about “thousands of illegal ballots cast in the 2020 general election and the Senate run-offs by people matched to either the National Change of Address Database or by finding other indicators they were no longer eligible to vote in Georgia.”
Approximately two weeks earlier, Raffensperger said he would remove about 100,000 names from Georgia’s voter rolls after having determined the individuals were no longer eligible to vote in the state, a move LAA claimed was “botched” by its blanket approach.
“In our supplemental research which we detailed in our Final Georgia Report, we found that about 32% of the voters matched to the permanent NCOA list were legally able to vote in Georgia since they were military or had similar circumstances,” LAA wrote of the move last year. “So due to his incompetence, it appears that Raffensperger just disenfranchised thousands of Georgians including military members and their families.”
The three categories LAA identified with 2020 Georgia ballots are those cast by individuals who provided a post office or other non-residential address as their residence; voters who registered in another state prior to the election but nevertheless voted in Georgia; and those whose names appeared in the National Change of Address (NCOA) database, compiled by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), as having made a permanent move to another state.
As in Wisconsin, LAA reported, election clerks did not always verify the address of each voter to ensure it met the legal standard for a residence. The same addresses often first escaped scrutiny by Georgia’s Department of Driver Services (DDS) and the secretary of state’s office. “Recently,” the report states on page 4, “we determined that the county clerks’ offices failed to do due diligence regarding P.O. Box registrations as they assumed that the SOS verified using the proof of residency provided by the Department of Driver Services’ (DDS) approving these addresses for use as valid locations for driver’s licenses. Voters hid their P.O. Box locations under listings as ‘apartments’, ‘units’, and ‘suites’ or businesses posing as residences. They may have committed other types of fraud using Georgia issued identifications. Since then, many investigators from District Attorneys, to the SOS Investigations department, to the DDS’ Investigations department have contacted us and been in touch regarding a number of cases opened that we have published.”
A total of 28 counties were unresponsive out of 71 contacted, LAA Director of Research Ian Camacho, who communicated with the elections officials, told The Post & Email Tuesday.
In a response on page 11 dated July 7, 2022, Brantley County Election Supervisor Betty Jo Morgan informed Camacho that a voter using a post office as a residential address amounted to “misdirection by the person that was not caught by the clerk in the office” given that the voter listed an apartment number as “805” when he actually held P.O. Box 805.
Most of LAA’s findings sent to Georgia election officials involved a small number of questionable voters in a town or county, although DeKalb County was an exception with 120 identified as having used non-residential addresses to vote.
According to census.gov, as of July 1, 2021, DeKalb County was home to more than 750,000 people.
In the case of Floyd County, Assistant County Clerk Amy Dawkins referred Camacho’s communications to a law firm, which interpreted them as an open records request (pp. 27-32, bottom page numbering), responding by providing a redacted version of the referrals Camacho had sent to Dawkins when initiating his inquiry.
McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP “responds to ALL open records request” [sic] for Floyd County, paralegal Tish Edwards wrote in a July 1, 2022 email to Camacho.
As in Wisconsin, numerous clerks considered Camacho’s inquiries helpful and indicated they had taken action by contacting the voters directly for address clarification; placing them in “challenged status,” as with four voters referred to Habersham County (p. 36); “rejected,” as in the case of two voters in Oconee County due to redistricting; or referred to state authorities for investigation.
In Paulding County (p. 88), Elections & Registration Director Deidre B. Holden not only thanked Camacho for his efforts, but also wrote, “The Board voted to remove XXXXXXX and XXXXXXX in our meeting on Wednesday… If you find anything else, please let me know.”
On page 37, Laurens County Chief Deputy Registrar Susan Rooks acknowledged to Camacho that a “Mail & More” often was provided to DDS as a “residential address.” “In the case of the voter in question,” Rooks said, “I do not feel that this was intentional as we get a lot of applications from DDS with this address as the residential address. We try to catch this and contact the voter for their correct residential address…As a seasoned Deputy Registrar (30 plus years) I know to watch for these commercial addresses when they come across my desk; but with part-time or temporary help these applications sometimes escape my attention. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that the residence addresses could be corrected.”
In Tift County (p. 54), Election Supervisor Leila Dollison initially thanked Camacho for the information he provided on a questionable voter but later invoked “advice of counsel” and said she would answer no further inquiries.
Some respondents simply told Camacho that the issue “has been taken care of.”
In Barrow County (pp. 60-61), Board of Elections Director Monica Franklin informed Camacho on July 13, 2022 that on July 12, the Board of Elections and Voter Registration “held a hearing for the two voters in question” and “voted to remove the two voters.” “The voters were sent letters but no response was received from them. Letters will be mailed to them advising that their voter registration has been canceled in Georgia,” Franklin wrote.
Official investigations opened as a result of LAA’s contact with Georgia election offices are announced here and presented here. The roster includes one from Texas, where the individual in question registered to vote in 2019, according to LAA’s research. The person “voted in GA in 2020 despite being registered in TX and hadn’t re-registered in GA (registered in 2011 there),” Camacho wrote to the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State on July 5.
On Wednesday afternoon, Camacho provided The Post & Email with a complete list of voters referred to Georgia election officials and the outcomes. “On the left is the total number of voters submitted, then the results broken down by responses to each and within the type, and the county,” Camacho wrote. “Bold is if any action was a result of our work or not.”
[Editor’s Note: “NCOA” = National Change of Address; PO Boxes = using a P.O. Box or other non-residential address to register to vote; OOSSR = out-of-state subsequent registrations]
2 – 2 removed due to our evidence, Barrow NCOA
6 – 5 being brought to board PO Boxes, 1 being checked NCOA Bartow
2 – 1 issued cross state notification, 1 moved already, Bibb NCOA
3 – 1 issued cross state notification, 1 canceled both NCOA, 1 pending Bulloch PO Boxes
1 – 1 corrected from Brantley PO Boxes (wasn’t removed, address was corrected/changed despite being at a PO Box before)
1 – 1 pending Butts PO Boxes
6 – 5 pending, 1 was corrected prior to use contacting Camden, PO Boxes
1 – 1 escalated to SOS and now investigation underway. Investigator contacted me. Candler County OOSSR
1 – 1 escalated to SOS for investigation at Catoosa PO Boxes
3 – 3 canceled prior to us Cherokee NCOA
4 – 2 pending in Clarke PO Boxes, 1 died since, and 1 moved out of county / removed
1 – 1 will investigate Clayton NCOA
36 – 1 challenged in Cobb, 5 removed prior to us, 2 moved, 7 active PO Boxes (nothing done), 7 investigated NCOA, 9 supposedly moved back to GA since NCOA, 5 unable to determine OOSSR
4 – 1 moved/reregistered prior Columbia, PO Boxes, 3 NCOA are pending review
1 – 1 forwarded to SOS for investigation Colquitt, PO Boxes
4 – 4 “already taken care of” Coweta PO Boxes = nonanswer
4 – 3 checking, Dawson, PO Boxes, 1 canceled NCOA before we contacted them
1 – 1 clerical error, but address has been blocked out as a result of our inquiry to prevent future registration there, Effingham, PO Boxes
6 – 5 being sent to elections board, Fayette NCOA, 1 suggested I send to SOS OOSSR
1 – 1 pending with opportunity to correct, Gilmer PO Boxes
2 – 2 canceled before we contacted, Glynn NCOA
39 – 39 escalated to SOS office to review, Gwinnett, PO Boxes, OOSSR & NCOA
4 – 4 placed into challenged status, Habersham PO Boxes
4 – 4 marked inactive prior to our contact, Henry NCOA
2 – 2 removed from NCOA process prior to us ?, Houston NCOA
1 – 1 currently inactive, will be canceled due to nonresponse Jones NCOA
4 – 2 pending new information, 1 deceased, 1 moved Laurens, PO Boxes
5 – 5 checking Liberty PO Boxes
9 – 2 pending new information/pending, 1 updated, 3 resolved, 2 valid/false positive, Lowndes PO Boxes, 1 canceled prior to us NCOA
3 – 3 can’t do changes per state law in July 2022 (false as per all other clerks’ responses, or else they are the only ones following the law and all others aren’t!), Macon PO Boxes
1 – 1 canceled prior to our contact Newton NCOA
3 – 2 escalated to SOS investigations department, Oconee PO Boxes. SOS Investigator contacted me for more information. 1 apparently false positive NCOA.
4 – 2 canceled due to our submission NCOA Paulding, 1 SAFE voter and 1 corrected prior PO Boxes
2 – 1 challenged to bring to board elections, 1 false positive Pickens PO Boxes
2 – 1 pending board review Polk OOSSR, 1 inactive (not Polk?) NCOA
1 – 1 pending review, Pulaski PO Boxes
8 – 7 checking Richmond PO Boxes, requested more info on 1 OOSSR
14 – 12 pending review, Rockdale PO Boxes, 2 under investigation OOSSR
1 – 1 unclear/nonanswer, Stewart OOSSR
1 – 1 unclear/nonanswer, Sumter PO Box
1 – 1 checking Thomas OOSSR, also filed w TX SOS
1 – 1 updated Tift PO Boxes
1 – 1 escalated to SOS investigator, whom I spoke with Toombs OOSSR (probation case voter mentioned)
10 – 2 canceled, 2 pending, 1 inactive (but not removed), 4 said they legal (but not clear if they registered correctly) Towns PO Boxes, 1 escalated to SOS NCOA
3 – 3 “looked into this matter and it has been taken care of” aka nonanswer Troup PO Boxes
2 – 2 escalated to SOS, Walker NCOA
4 – 2 board hearing to remove or investigate, Walton PO Boxes, 1 board hearing based on formal challenge NCOA, 1 false positive OOSSR
2 – claims they updated in 2021, Wayne PO Boxes
7 – 5 placed in challenged, 1 was clerical error, location blocked out as a result of our inquiry to prevent future registration there, Whitfield PO Boxes, 1 false positive OOSSR
On page 98, Walton County Director of Elections Jenni Phipps confirmed to Camacho that anyone may challenge the validity of a voter’s legal right to cast a ballot in Georgia, and a signed form on page 99 indicates Camacho did so.
Altogether, LAA discovered 1,401 “ineligible non-residential” addresses as stated in the group’s initial Georgia report (p. 6) from the category, “Early and Absentee Ballots Cast In the Names of Voters” (EABCIN). “We didn’t look at voters who registered only but did not vote in 2020,” Camacho told us.
On the final page of are listed four ways citizens can support LAA’s efforts:
If you can volunteer 10 hours a week in your state and are willing to speak with your state representatives, then please sign up at https://lookaheadamerica.org/lead.
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On June 9, LAA released a report on its Arizona results, which placed likely illegal ballots into six categories and includes responses from election clerks. In an accompanying press release, the group wrote, “Look Ahead America (LAA) has released the long-awaited Arizona Report today. LAA’s previously released Georgia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania Reports already put the outcome of the 2020 General Election into question beyond a reasonable doubt, and now the Arizona Report shrinks the margin of victory by nearly 3,000 ballots. These finds, all available to journalists and government entities upon request, should cause concern and help bring about reforms to how the voter rolls are reviewed and cleaned.”