Herschel Walker Committed ‘Election Fraud’ With Texas Residence: Analysts

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Herschel Walker has been charged with “election fraud” after reports he received a primary tax exemption for his Dallas, Texas home while running for The Senate in Georgia.

Walker is facing a Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock in a re-election on 6 Decemberafter neither candidate won an absolute majority of the vote in the initial poll on November 8.

Analysis of tax records by CNN showed that Walker received a property tax exemption for a Dallas property this year, saving him about $1,500.

Under Texas law, the exemption is valid only on a person’s “principal residence.”

Herschel Walker addresses supporters in McDonough, Georgia
Herschel Walker speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on November 16, 2022 in McDonough, Georgia. The Republican reportedly claimed a “principal residence” tax exemption on a property in Texas while running for office in Georgia.
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This was claimed despite Walker registering to vote in Georgia in 2021, ahead of his Senate bid.

According to 2020 Georgia codestate residency may be revoked if a person moves to another state “with the intention of making it a residence of such person.”

It adds: “If a person moves to another state with the intention of remaining there indefinitely and makes such state a residence of such person, such person shall be deemed to have lost such person’s residence in that state.”

By listing a property in Dallas as his “principal residence,” Walker presumably made the property his “place of residence” under Georgia state law.

Talking to CNN a Tarrant County tax official, where Walker’s Dallas home is located, confirmed the former NFL running back claimed exemption from principal residence tax for the property in both 2021 and 2022.

Newsweek has reached out to Walker for comment regarding the allegations.

The revelation sparked outrage on social media, with critics leveling allegations of fraud at Walker.

In a message to his 304,000 Twitter supporters Eric Garland, a political consultant, said, “Herschel Walker claimed on financial documents that he is a resident of Texas, not Georgia. So he appears to be committing tax fraud, voter fraud — or maybe both.”

Healy Baumgardner, a conservative operative who worked on Donald Trump2016 presidential campaign, tweeted: “Talk about election fraud Herschel Walker – wowzer.”

Earlier this year, Texas Representative Vicente González, a Democrat, promised to pay back the savings after it emerged that he and his wife had claimed exemptions for the home on two separate properties over eight years.

In a statement sent to Texas Tribune, González said: “It was a simple oversight that was voluntarily corrected as soon as she found out.”

According to one AARP poll Warnock currently leads Walker in the Georgia Senate runoff race, with 51 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

The survey, of 1,183 likely voters from Georgia, was conducted between November 11 and 17.

On Wednesday, a video of Walker falsely saying “this erection is about the people” on Fox News went viral, amassing more than five million views and attracting widespread ridicule.

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