Friday, July 30, 2021

GA Republicans' First Assault On Voting Rights


The ongoing Republican / Trumpist / GQP plans to rig the 2022 elections and beyond is brazenly moving forward in the key state of Georgia. Nationally, the Republicans have several tools to employ in frustrating the will of the voters who don't vote vote for them, like gerrymandering Congressional districts, passing voting laws that clearly discriminate against Dem constituencies, and post-election nullification of votes to ensure that they remain in power. The latter of those tools is being used in Georgia, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"A letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows two dozen state senators support a performance review of Fulton elections chief Richard Barron. The letter was written Tuesday, the very same day a front-page AJC story examined the prospect of a takeover of elections in Fulton, home to a tenth of all Georgians.  [snip]

As written into Senate Bill 202, the State Election Board can replace a county’s election board following a performance review/audit/investigation. Then, a temporary superintendent would enjoy full managerial authority of how the county counts votes and staffs polling places."

That "temporary superintendant" would be under the control of the State's Republican legislature, which could throw out just enough Dem votes to change a statewide election, such as the 2022 elections with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on the ballot.

Georgia's notorious Senate Bill 202 was the Republican reaction to losing two Senate seats and the Presidential vote in 2020, establishing onerous new requirements for voting that demonstrably will suppress minority and student votes. The Justice Department filed suit last month in response to the law's discriminatory requirements. Also, Fulton County is heavily Democratic and its county leadership and legal team have pledged to fight the action by the Republican state senators. That fight, supported by the Justice Department's suit, needs to be won.


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