Open Borders Put Elections at Risk: Raffensperger Demands Action from State Senate

January 30th, 2024

Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced his full support for SB 368, proposed legislation protecting our elections from foreign interference. SB 368 bans foreign funding in campaigns and elections at the state level, and requires lobbyists and political consultants to register with the state regarding their work with foreign entities.

“I applaud Chairman Rick Williams for introducing SB 368, which closes a loophole in our law that can be exploited by foreign actors,” said Raffensperger. “With open borders, it is imperative for our state senators to take immediate action and shore up any gaps and loopholes in the system by banning foreign funding at the state level, and building greater transparency by mandating state registration of political consultants and lobbyists who work for foreign agents. Georgia's elections should only be decided by American citizens.”

Williams’ legislation will tighten loopholes to prevent foreign funding at the state level in elections and campaigns. It prohibits foreign sources of funding from being used to influence elections, including campaigns for public office or any ballot measure being put before Georgia voters. Additional requirements would mandate state registration of American citizens who lobby or consult on behalf of foreign governments, agencies, political parties, or organizations.

A copy of the legislation can be found here.

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Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.