(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- The Georgia Senate runoff elections are well underway, and security is on high alert.
Law enforcement within the state as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are “aware” of “specific threats” that have been posed to the Georgia runoff elections, according to Fox News.
On Monday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told Fox News that the threats apply to “various counties” throughout the state.
In a statement, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said:
“The GBI has been made aware of specific threats regarding Tuesday’s upcoming election. Our agency is working with federal, state and local partners to investigate them.
“The goal is to ensure a safe election and that all voters have access to polling locations.”
The FBI Atlanta Field Office also confirmed on Monday that it’s “aware of the threats.”
A spokesperson for the FBI said:
“We take all threats seriously and are communicating with our local, state and federal partners. As always, we ask everyone to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
One of the instances they are investigating is a “threatening email” that was sent to employees of Cherokee County “regarding threats to polling locations on Election Day.”
The county sheriff’s office referred the case to the FBI and GBI, confirming “an investigation into the emails began.” The sheriff’s office told Fox News:
“It was discovered that employees from several Georgia counties received the same email. Currently, the source of the emails has not been identified.”
While the specific threats weren’t explained, a source from the sheriff’s office said the email included a “threat of violence.”
Normally, a runoff election wouldn’t attract this much attention. However, the outcome of the two unprecedented Georgia runoffs will ultimately determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.
With a Democrat (Joe Biden) set to be inaugurated as president later this month, and with the Democrats already securing control of the House of Representatives, control of the Senate will prove to be huge for at least the next two years.
In one of the races, Republican incumbent Senator David Perdue is facing Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. In the other, Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler is facing Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock.
While both Perdue and Loeffler garnered the most votes in the November election, neither captured at least 50% of the vote total. That forced a runoff election for both against the next top-vote getter in the election.
If Republicans win even one of the Georgia runoff races, they will retain control of the U.S. Senate, as they already hold 50 seats in the new Senate. Democrats would need to win both of the runoff elections to force a 50-50 tie in the Senate. If that happens, Democrats would effectively control the Senate, since all ties would be broken by soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris.
While polls for the runoff elections are set to close on Tuesday night, it’s possible that the ultimate results aren’t announced for a few days — just as happened in the presidential election — unless one of the candidates wins by a large margin.