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07 August 2012

Democrat Under Investigation for Offering Free Wings to Voters on Election Day

A year ago, Douglasville mayoral candidate Rochelle Robinson faced possible felony charges after she was accused of vote buying by passing out free hot dogs to voters on election day.

Now, a year later, a state House candidate is facing similar charges after allegations that his campaign offered free wings to voters on election day.

During the July 31st General Primary, two signs near the campaign headquarters of state House candidate Ronnie Mabra read, "Ronnie Mabra, State Representative, District 63" and "Free wings with 'I voted' sticker no matter who you voted for."

Photographs of the two signs (shown below) were taken, and a formal complaint alleging violations of Georgia election law was filed with the Secretary of State's office.

O.C.G.A. §21-2-570 states, "Any person who gives or receives, or offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony."

It is illegal, in Georgia, to offer incentives to voters for voting.

Chris Harvey, lead investigator in the Secretary of State's office, acknowledged receiving the complaint and opened an investigation August 6th.