Paul Lee, wrestler and former Ringgold, Georgia, mayoral candidate, accused of voter fraud

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mayoral candidate Paul Lee campaigns along Evitt Street on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Ringgold, Ga.

Paul Lee, the former Ringgold mayoral candidate and professional wrestler, was named in a report from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office alleging Lee tried to buy votes during the 2019 campaign by offering a free meal to any voter if he won the election.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a news release Thursday that the election board sent a batch of alleged "voting violations" to prosecutors after hearing what investigators had discovered across the state.

"We will continue to root out voting fraud and make sure anyone guilty of it faces prosecution," Raffensperger said in the release. "Fortunately, these individual cases aren't large enough to change the outcome of a statewide election. Their prosecution is an example to others who may contemplate skirting the rules that protect election integrity in Georgia."

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