Georgia GOP takes aim at election county boards by purging Black Democratic election officials

Georgia GOP takes aim at election county boards by purging Black Democratic election officials
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Georgia Republicans are taking their assault on elections to a new level with their latest attempts to purge Black Democratic election officials from county boards. According to Reuters, the latest debacle began back in October when the Board of Elections in Spalding County, Ga., faced backlash for discontinuing early voting on the Sundays prior to the municipal election on November 2.

One year ago, that additional day proved beneficial for Black voters as it increased voter turnout. However, that wasn't the only concern voters had. When angry voters arrived at a recent board meeting to express concern about the change, they were shocked to see a completely different board. Per Reuters, the entire five-member board, which included three Black female Democratic officials and a Black election supervisor, had been replaced.

Now, the board consists of three white Republicans. The change reportedly comes as a result of a new piece of legislation, titled Senate Bill 202, passed earlier this year by Georgia's Republican-led legislature. The overhaul in Spalding County is an example of what has occurred in several counties across the state of Georgia.

Per Reuters:

"The panel in Spalding, a rural patch south of Atlanta, is one of six county boards that Republicans have quietly reorganized in recent months through similar county-specific state legislation. The changes expanded the party’s power over choosing members of local election boards ahead of the crucial midterm Congressional elections in November 2022."

The restructuring of election county boards in Georgia is only one aspect of Republican efforts to gain more control of elections amid former President Donald Trump's assault on election integrity. Since the former president's claims of election fraud, Republicans have fought to gain more control of election boards and voting systems by implementing laws that align with their political agenda.

In fact, Trump supporters have even resorted to running for public office, targeting positions of power that could influence the outcomes of elections.


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