“The majority of people we serve don’t have an address, so we allow them to use our address if they register to vote and to get Georgia state ID,” Kimberly Parker, executive director of the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, explained in the video.
State law demands voters to be a resident of the county in which they’re voting. It prohibits people from using a false statement to register to vote. Lawbreakers could reach up to 10 years in jail.
Though, according to a voting guide, homeless people can use a shelter or church to file to vote.
The center is placed in Atlanta.
A spokesperson for Fulton County explained that officials “will request clarification from the County Attorney’s office regarding provisions in Georgia law for voter registration addresses for homeless residents.”
An official with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office stated homeless people have a right to vote.
The video was published by Project Veritas, a nonprofit journalism watchdog.
“So, I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have that address on their ID. We’ve never run into any problem with that until this election,” Parker states in the footage. “One of our board members got wind that they thought we’re doing things not on the up and up because so many have the address, but we’ve not heard any repercussions from it since.”
“I mean people have to have an address—the only way they can get an ID, which you’ve got to have to get anything else, is to have an address. So, we allow that. We’ve done that for years,” she added.
The center’s social media pages were offline on Tuesday. It has tabs for staff and a board of directors on its website, yet the links are not working. Its phone lines are closed, and email contact is not listed.
In a different video, Adam Seeley, board member of Central Night Shelter, which holds the same address, and director of social services at Emmaus House, said “a couple thousand people” used the Emmaus House address to register to vote. Emmaus House didn’t reply to a request for comment.
The video went viral within hours of being uploaded on Twitter and drew a mixed response from many users.
"Should a homeless person be allowed to vote? No - they should not. Voting means you are attached to a specific address, and because you live there you have the right to weigh in on decisions affecting that area. These people are 100% perpetuating voter fraud," tweeted a user.