Known for promoting conspiracy theories about the presidential election, prominent attorney Lin Wood has been one of the most vocal defenders of Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was “stolen.” On Tuesday, Georgia officials announced an investigation into whether or not Wood himself committed voter fraud in November, according to WSB-TV.
"The question is whether he was a legal resident when he voted in November in light of an email he sent to [WSB-TV reporter] Justin Gray saying he has been domiciled in South Carolina for several months," the secretary of state's office told NBC News. "The investigation is ongoing."
While Wood claims he lived in Georgia at the time of the Nov. 3 election, multiple reports and the email sent to Gray indicate he moved to South Carolina. “I have been domiciled in South Carolina for several months after purchasing property in the state in April,” the email read. In response to the allegations, Wood told NPR that he has been a resident of Georgia since 1955 and owns “properties in Georgia and South Carolina. I changed my resident to South Carolina on February 1, 2021."
Under Georgia law, voters who move outside the county where they’re registered lose their eligibility to vote if they moved more than 30 days before an election. “They’re trying to destroy me because I’m revealing a level of corruption from top to bottom,” Wood said of the investigation. “(Secretary of State) Brad Raffensperger’s got a lot of problems with people who were not legitimate citizens of Georgia. I’m not one of them.”
Despite the fact that there has been no evidence of voter fraud and that the election results were confirmed by a machine recount and a manual audit of all 5 million paper ballots, Wood has consistently argued that Georgia’s vote was miscalculated. Wood not only filed lawsuits against Raffensperger but several others in battleground states in attempts to overturn the election’s results. He even held ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies claiming people voted illegally in the 2020 presidential election. So it’s especially ironic that he himself is being investigated for possibly breaking the law by voting in Georgia without being a resident of the state.
Wood has consistently pushed not only conspiracy theories about the presidential election, but other QAnon conspiracy theories as well. As a result, he was not only suspended but banned from Twitter after promoting the attempted Capitol coup. Coincidentally, the state of Georgia isn’t the only one investigating Wood. An investigation into Wood’s competence is ongoing on behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, which also ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after numerous complaints were filed against him. According to the Associated Press, the inquiry falls "under the bar rule that has to do with mental incapacity or substance abuse."
Wood is no stranger to controversy. Not only was he at the Jan.6 Capitol insurrection, but he has also claimed Trump asked him to join his legal team to overturn the election. While it is interesting to know whether or not he himself committed the acts he was advocating against, this investigation may have some negative consequences for Americans. The GOP may try to cite this case as evidence that voter fraud did occur in the 2020 presidential election, and may even make this a reason to increasingly criminalize voting.