Georgia election investigators announced just that only four ballots were cast on behalf of deceased individuals in the state during the 2020 election — further debunking a lie by former President Donald Trump, who attempted to delay the certification of his election loss by claiming that thousands of dead individuals’ votes were included in the final tally.
“Dead people voted,” Trump said in a call to Georgia election officialsSoon after Election Day. “And I think the number is in the — close to 5,000 people. They also went to obituaries. They tried many methods to find the exact number. And a minimum is close to about 5,000 voters.”
This claim was proven to be false after it was fact-checked back in January — and findings by the State Elections Board over the weekend have further confirmed that Trump’s assertions that “dead people” voted are completely unfounded.
Trump also called and lied about voting being cast on behalf deceased people. He demanded Brad Raffensperger (R), Georgia Secretary-of-State. “find” votes to help him overcome Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Raffensperger is the headThe State Elections Board was responsible for the recent investigation.
The four instances of individuals casting ballots on behalf of deceased people in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election will now be forwarded from the State Elections Board to the state Attorney General’s office, which will determine whether to pursue criminal charges. Individuals can be fined between $100- $5,000 for casting illegal votes according to state law.
One of the frauds was that a woman voted in behalf of her deceased husband to invalidate her own vote.
“He was going to vote Republican, and she said, ‘Well, I’m going to cancel your ballot because I’m voting Democrat.’ It was kind of a joke between them,” said attorney Barry Bishop, who is representing the woman who cast her husband’s ballot for him after he died. “She received the absentee ballot and carried out his wishes.”
In spite of failing numerous fact-checks on the issue, Trump has continued to insist that dead people’s ballots were counted in the election. Trump has also inflated the numbers, even though he claimed that only 5,000 votes were cast for Georgians who died. in a statement last summerHe said that the number was closer than 18,000 votes.
That claim, like Trump’s other assertions of voter fraud, was not substantiated by any evidence.
Georgia election officials remain steadfast in their refusal to give any credence to Trump’s claims of voter fraud. While speaking to constituents during a recent telephone town hall meeting, Raffensperger reaffirmed what he has said from the start: that there wasn’t widespread fraud affecting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
“What I tell people is what really happened in Georgia, because we proved that none of that was what happened,” he said.