Why it’s illegal to move to Georgia for runoff election

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Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 6:07 PM CST
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has issued a warning to out-of-state partisans seeking to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election for Senate.

His office explained that “moving to the state with the sole purpose of voting and leaving is illegal and is considered voter fraud.”

And per O.C.G.A § 21-2-561, it is a felony to register to vote in Georgia if you are not a resident of Georgia with no intention of leaving and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000 fine.

“Let me be clear, those who come to Georgia with the intention of voter fraud will be prosecuted,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “We thoroughly investigate every single allegation of voter fraud. Anyone is welcome to move to the state named the No. 1 place to do business. However, let me warn anyone attempting election mischief: If you illegally participate in our elections, you might be spending a lot more time in Georgia than you planned.”

Raffensperger said he has a team of seasoned investigators who have been looking into every allegation of illegal voting and fraud. The secretary’s investigators will look into voter fraud allegations, including any allegations of non-residents registering to vote or voting.

The secretary’s comments came after concerns raised by statements from Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate who said he would “move” to Georgia for the runoff. He later clarified that he will not register to vote.

“Anyone moving to our state to attempt to illegally influence the election could face a hefty fine and the possibility of up to 10 years behind bars,” Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said in the statement. “Do you value your freedom? If so, don’t commit voter fraud in Georgia.”

The secretary of state asks all to report any suspicion of voter fraud.

Citizens may use the online reporting form at or call the voter fraud hotline at 877-725-9797 to report questionable elections activity.

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