The U.S. Justice Department this week approved a law giving Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set presidential primary dates. The approval puts the state in the middle of a national battle for power and influence. Georgia officials want the state to hold earlier primaries to gain more influence on presidential elections.
The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said weighing in early will give Georgia more influence in the primaries to reflect the state’s growing influence in the country.
Two women in coastal Georgia’s McIntosh County have turned themselves in to police on charges of voter fraud. The women were charged with three felony counts of mishandling absentee ballots, after a local postal worker tipped off authorities that one of them mailed a stack of ballots before the November 2nd general election. Secretary of State Brian Kemp won’t comment on an open investigation, but says his office has recently collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for absentee ballot fraud.
The Secretary of State office is looking into dozens of incidents of election fraud from this summer’s primary. The state has launched a criminal investigation into alleged voter fraud in south Georgia.