Whereas Wooden claims he lived in Georgia on the time of the Nov. three election, a number of stories and the e-mail despatched to Grey point out he moved to South Carolina. “I’ve been domiciled in South Carolina for a number of months after buying property within the state in April,” the e-mail learn. In response to the allegations, Wooden advised NPR that he has been a resident of Georgia since 1955 and owns “properties in Georgia and South Carolina. I modified my resident to South Carolina on February 1, 2021.”
Below Georgia law, voters who transfer exterior the county the place they’re registered lose their eligibility to vote in the event that they moved greater than 30 days earlier than an election. “They’re making an attempt to destroy me as a result of I’m revealing a stage of corruption from prime to backside,” Wooden mentioned of the investigation. “(Secretary of State) Brad Raffensperger’s received plenty of issues with individuals who weren’t respectable residents of Georgia. I’m not certainly one of them.”
Even if there was no proof of voter fraud and that the election outcomes had been confirmed by a machine recount and a manual audit of all 5 million paper ballots, Wooden has persistently argued that Georgia’s vote was miscalculated. Wooden not solely filed lawsuits in opposition to Raffensperger however a number of others in battleground states in makes an attempt to overturn the election’s outcomes. He even held ‘Cease the Steal’ rallies claiming folks voted illegally within the 2020 presidential election. So it’s particularly ironic that he himself is being investigated for presumably breaking the legislation by voting in Georgia with out being a resident of the state.
Wooden has persistently pushed not solely conspiracy theories concerning the presidential election, however different QAnon conspiracy theories as properly. Because of this, he was not solely suspended however banned from Twitter after selling the tried Capitol coup. Coincidentally, the state of Georgia isn’t the one one investigating Wooden. An investigation into Wooden’s competence is ongoing on behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, which additionally ordered him to bear a psychiatric analysis after numerous complaints had been filed in opposition to him. In accordance with the Associated Press, the inquiry falls “beneath the bar rule that has to do with psychological incapacity or substance abuse.”
Wooden isn’t any stranger to controversy. Not solely was he on the Jan.6 Capitol revolt, however he has additionally claimed Trump requested him to hitch his authorized group to overturn the election. Whereas it’s fascinating to know whether or not or not he himself dedicated the acts he was advocating in opposition to, this investigation might have some damaging penalties for Individuals. The GOP might attempt to cite this case as proof that voter fraud did happen within the 2020 presidential election, and should even make this a cause to more and more criminalize voting.