While the Georgia Senate runoff races are just two weeks away, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of the possibility of “ideologically motivated violence” and a possible foreign influence campaign as voters preparing to hit the polls, according to a new internal report.
The Dec. 22 report, marked for official use only, says Georgia faces a “potentially heightened physical threat environment” that could drive violence or threats of violence similar to those seen nationwide during the 2020 presidential and state election season. Incidents of violence in or near the state capitol in Atlanta, courts and other “symbolic political institutions” could also negatively affect elected officials or election workers in Georgia, the report says.
“We further judge that violent extremists or other actors could quickly mobilize to violence or generate violent disruptions of otherwise lawful protests in response to a range of issues,” the report says, including possible disputes over the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The election will determine whether Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will keep their seats, or if they’ll lose them to Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. If either Ossoff or Warnock loses, the GOP will retain its Senate majority and its ability to block the agenda of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Georgia Senate runoff elections are just over a week away, and according to recent polling, both races are statistical dead heats, with both races polling within the margin of error. Democrat Raphael Warnock leads Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and Republican incumbent David Perdue leads Democrat Jon Ossoff, both by less than three points.
The report believes that Georgia officials are prepared to handle it.