EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series with Jody Hice.
term in Congress.
Just a week after sending shock waves through the 10th Congressional District of Georgia and elsewhere with an announcement that he plans to run for Secretary of State when his term is over in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice now finds himself juggling many things.
Hice, currently serving his fourth term in Congress, has vowed to leave Capitol Hill in another 21 months to seek the seat currently occupied by Brad Raffensperger, who oversees elections in the Peach State.
“Some people look at this as a lateral move and some people even look at this as a step backward,” Hice told The Union-Recorder in a recent telephone interview. “For me, I’m excited about this move. It’s not about me; it’s about restoring election integrity in this state. It’s about restoring confidence to the people of Georgia that their vote is going to matter, and to have the opportunity to make that issue right so that legal votes are cast and counted.”
Through prayer and counsel with his wife, Hice said he reached a decision relatively quickly.
“This decision came really quickly for us,” Hice admitted. “We quickly felt peace and direction from the Lord that this is where he was leading us.”
Even so, Hice said he felt they needed to have a couple of other things fall into place.
One of them involved getting the support of former Pres. Donald J. Trump, who already has endorsed him, publicly, for the next Georgia Secretary of State.
That endorsement comes months before candidates can officially qualify for the race.
Hice said he believes that election fraud is widespread in Georgia.
“Just for example, and I think it was Heritage Action came out with this, but the average state’s voter registration files are anywhere from five to 10 percent inaccurate, at least,” Hice said. “In Georgia, we haven’t cleaned our registration files in years. We’re probably 10 percent or more inaccurate.”
Hice recalled that there were close to 7 million voters that turned out in Georgia during the November 2020 general election.
“So, that means that Brad Raffensperger sent, automatically, to every one of our voter registration files and locations a ballot,” Hice said. “In so doing, that means if we’re 10 percent inaccurate that we have approximately 700,000 illegal voters who were mailed an application to receive a ballot. And there was no voter ID to any degree was associated with those.”
Just think about that for a moment, 700,000 potential illegal voters received an application to vote in the biggest election in the history of Georgia, Hice emphasized.
“That alone tells you that we had a problem,” Hice said. “And then you go beyond that to no voter ID, the dropboxes, the ballot harvesting, and on, and on, and on. We had gaping holes for potential voter fraud in Georgia. And I believe a significant number of people took advantage of it.”
Hice, like several other Republicans, believes some of the biggest voter fraud occurred in Fulton County — the largest county in the Peach State.
“They supposedly had a water main break, and they sent the Republican Party poll watchers out, and for hours they continued counting ballots,” Hice said. “And yet, the state office told us that was just standard operating procedures. That’s unacceptable.”
Just a few hours after the newspaper interview with Hice, Ga. Gov. Brian Kemp signed sweeping new legislation just passed by the General Assembly for election reform in the state.
The new measures went into effect immediately.
“I’m so very glad the lawmakers in this General Assembly addressed this problem because there were multiple problems in this last election,” Hice said. “Hopefully, this new legislation will fix some of those glaring problems.”
Going forward in his role in Congress, Hice said he will work with other Republicans to stop what he calls the radical left-wing agenda items that Democrats are trying to force through.
“There’s just unbelievable things that they are trying to do,” Hice said. “From a minority standpoint, we’re going to work as hard as we can to slow down as much of it as we can.”
Hice said he wants to continue to provide constituents throughout the 10th District of Georgia with quality services in his field offices, regardless of a person’s political affiliation or whether they belong to a particular political party or not.
“If they are having issues with the federal government, whether it’s with the Veterans Administration, IRS, passports or whatever,” Hice said. “Those things are important to my constituents and I want to help them in any way that I can help them. Those are the kinds of things I’ve been doing for a little more than six years that I’ve been in Congress. And I plan to keep doing those things because it’s important to the people of the 10th District of Georgia.”