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Letter: Voting law most perilous when allowing officials' removal

Letter: Voting law most perilous when allowing officials' removal

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Georgia Election

With a handful of Georgia county elections directors behind him, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announces the start of a hand recount of the Nov. 3 ballots during a briefing outside of the Georgia State Capitol building on Nov. 11.

Jim Crow is cawing louder than ever about some sections of Georgia's new election law. From the start, this bill’s rationale distracts readers, trumpeting the weak excuse that Georgia’s 2020 elections were flawed. They were not.

The real mischief occurs in the law's sections that allow the replacing of local election officials in up to four jurisdictions after an investigation of complaints from people in those places. It is clear that complaints will arise from the losers of the elections. In four counties — Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett — about 1.68 million votes were cast for president in November 2020. Biden won those counties by an average of 63%.

In addition, the law removes the secretary of state as elections chairperson and allows the Legislature to select the administrative head of Georgia’s elections. The current Georgia secretary of state is Brad Raffensperger, who stood up against former President Donald Trump’s attempts to subvert the 2020 election results. Removing the elected secretary of state from their leadership and firing well-meaning local election officials just because the Georgia Legislature doesn’t like the election results lubricates the slippery slope to fascism.

James Terry Gates • Richmond Heights  

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