The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that potential Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker and his wife live in Texas, but his wife Julie Blanchard voted by absentee ballot in Georgia’s 2020 election.
It’s illegal to vote in Georgia while living in another state in most cases.
Walker, a football legend backed by Donald Trump, is considering a run against Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock. Walker was calling for prosecutions of voter fraud. Trump has called Walker, a former pro-baller, “unstoppable.”
“If we’re residents in both places, is that legally wrong?” Blanchard said when reached by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “If you have multiple homes, you can’t vote where you have a home?”
Residency is determined by where a voter’s “habitation is fixed.”
Blanchard and Walker purchased their Texas property in 2011 and receive a homestead exemption on their property taxes, according to public records. Homestead exemptions are granted to homeowners for their legal residence. Blanchard didn’t claim a homestead exemption on her Fulton County property last year.
A recent poll gave Walker a favorable rating, nearly three-quarters, among Republican voters in Georgia. He was better positioned than two other Republican candidates, former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
In a head-to-head matchup against Democrat Raphael Warnock, both Loeffler and Walker are in a statistical tie. The lesser-known Black, meanwhile, trails the incumbent 46-38.
Sourcing at Atlanta Journal-Constitution