Georgia’s Secretary of State Says ‘Fulton County Voters Deserve Better’
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger slammed Fulton County after hundreds of voter registration applications were turned down ahead of next month’s municipal elections, saying the county “has a long way to go” while ensuring that the state’s The new election law ensures “accountability measures”.
In an interview with Granthshala News, Riffensperger addressed the matter, which led to the firing of two activists in Fulton County after they were accused of cutting nearly 300 ballot applications. Raffensperger has since called for a Justice Department investigation.
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“Fulton County still has a long way to go in terms of increasing confidence in our elections,” Raffensperger told Granthshala News, noting that the county is notorious for “management issues and processes that are very sloppy.”
“Fulton County voters deserve better,” he said.
Raffensperger said the case is currently under review by a panel consisting of general counsel for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, a member of the Democratic Elections Board and a member of the Republican election board.
“It will be an intense and thoughtful process,” he said.
In a press release this week, Riffensperger said it “has been 20 years since the documentary failure in the Fulton County elections.”
“Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next shameful revelation will be,” he said in a statement, asking the Justice Department “what Fulton County is doing and what their leadership has done to Fulton voters through incompetence and malice. Urged to take a longer look at how it has been denied.” ”
“I worked hard to put an end to this stuff,” Raffensper said, “after all, with the SB202, we have accountability measures in place.”
Georgia’s new law requires voter ID to vote for absenteeism instead of relying on signature matching for verification; limits ballot drop boxes to one per county or one per 100,000 voters; and extends early voting days and standardized early voting hours from a minimum of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a maximum of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Used as a way to illegally influence people waiting to vote.
The law also handed more election powers to the GOP-controlled state legislature. It states that the General Assembly chooses the chair of the state election board, rather than a board headed by Georgia’s secretary of state. It also reduces runoff from nine weeks to four.
The state election board can now also investigate county election boards and has the power to suspend county election superintendents – although the board can only suspend four at a time.
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The Justice Department filed suit against Georgia over the summer for its electoral law.
Provisions the DOJ is targeting include a ban on government entities handing out unwanted absentee ballots; fines civic groups, places of worship and advocacy organizations for distributing follow-up absentee ballots; and shortening the absentee ballot deadline to 11 days before election day.
Raffensperger criticized the Justice Department, saying it is currently “full of liberal activists” and called their trial “politically motivated”.
“We are in the mainstream of the electoral process,” he said. He said he would “continue to fight” for electoral integrity and security.
Meanwhile, the final lawsuit challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia was dismissed in court on Wednesday.
Riffensperger reacted to the dismissal, telling Granthshala News, “While no election is perfect, there was no widespread hoax of illegal voting to reverse the election.” “The truth is on our side and the courts support us.”