Court Finds Georgia GOP Party Official Voted Illegally 9 Times | EUROtoday

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A Georgia Republican Party official who baselessly claimed there was widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election voted illegally 9 instances, a choose decided Wednesday.

Brian Pritchard, first vice chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, obtained a public reprimand for voting in a number of elections in 2008 and 2010, although the phrases of his probation forbade it till 2011. He was additionally ordered to pay a $5,000 superb and canopy investigative prices.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the primary to report on his punishment Thursday.

Pritchard, who was convicted of felony examine forgery in Pennsylvania in 1996, testified that he thought his probation had resulted in 1999. Lisa Boggs, the executive regulation choose overseeing Pritchard’s case, didn’t purchase that argument.

“To accept that [his] grasp of legal proceedings was so unsophisticated that he did not understand the basic terms of his probation in 1996 or his probation revocation in 1999, this Court would need to disregard [his] self-described experience as a businessman handling complex projects as well as million-dollar contracts and budgets,” Boggs wrote in her resolution.

She additionally famous that he’d appeared in courtroom a number of instances for probation hearings earlier than and after 1999.

Pritchard, a conservative discuss present host, denied any wrongdoing when Georgia officers first started exploring the chance that he had voted illegally.

“Yes something happened in Pennsylvania that is of public record,” he wrote on his web site,, in 2022. “But the Georgia Secretary of [State] wants you to believe that I knowingly voted while serving a felony sentence. Never happened! I did vote every time they said, but never illegally.”

On his discuss present and web site, Pritchard has propped up former President Donald Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election.

“I do not believe 81 million people voted for this guy,” Pritchard mentioned in reference to President Joe Biden, throughout a 2022 episode of his present.

Among these calling for Pritchard’s resignation is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), who can also be an election conspiracy theorist.

“At a time when the Georgia Republican Party is successfully building its effort to protect our state from a total Democrat takeover, it is unacceptable for our party to have a man in leadership who has repeatedly committed voter fraud himself,” she wrote on X, previously often known as Twitter. “Brian Pritchard must resign immediately or be removed from office.”

When reached for remark concerning the Wednesday’s ruling, Pritchard known as it “politically motivated” and “purely a political stunt.”

“I have not been found guilty of anything,” he mentioned in an e mail. “I will continue my grassroots work every day and will not buckle to false attacks!”

Other defendants, particularly folks of coloration, have been given a lot heftier punishments for voting infringements lately. In 2022, a Black lady in Memphis was sentenced to 6 years in jail for attempting to register to vote after probation officers incorrectly informed her she was eligible. Another choose threw out her sentence. That identical 12 months, a Black lady in Texas was sentenced to 5 years behind bars for illegally attempting to forged a provisional poll ― one thing she says no probation officer ever informed her she couldn’t do. An attraction in her case is pending.