South Fulton, Georgia — Long known as one of the most corrupt counties in the country, Fulton County, Georgia, put its true colors on display earlier this week when “City of South Fulton” Solicitor, LaDawn Jones, offered anyone coming to the court for a citation offense a $50 discount off their citation if they registered to vote or confirmed they’re registered to vote.
Under Georgia law, this is a felony for each offense.
LaDawn Jones, a former State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly — and hard core anti-gunner — admitted on Twitter that she made the offer of $50 discount and registered people to vote.
Here’s the Georgia Code:
O.C.G.A. 21-2-570 (2010)
21-2-570. Giving or receiving, offering to give or receive, or participating in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate
Any person who gives or receives, 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.
According to a story by Fox5Atlanta.com, it appears LaDawn Jones has broken the law.
An Atlanta area prosecutor offered defendants in South Fulton municipal court reduced fines if they registered to vote or had already registered to vote.
But, senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell says one election lawyer says the courtroom offer violates state and federal election laws.
The FOX 5 I-Team found Wednesday Ms. Jones told defendants she could recommend reducing their traffic ticket or city ordinance fine if they registered to vote or could show they had registered to vote.
On her Twitter feed, Ms. Jones linked to an article describing Taylor Swift’s call for voter registration and proclaimed: “We registered voters in the City of South Fulton today. Everyone got $50 off their citation if they registered or confirmed their registration.”
There is only one problem. One election lawyer told us the courtroom offer to reduce a fine in exchange for voter registration violates State and federal law.
“You can’t offer something of value in exchange for registering to vote,” says election attorney Bryan Tyson.
A court clerk told me there were 110 people on Judge Tiffany Seller’s calendar yesterday and that approximately 90 percent took the $50 off their fine to register or showed they had already registered.