OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion
Seems like Georgia is in the news every single day.
Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has referred three counties for investigation for violating absentee ballot regulations.
Raffensperger referred Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties for investigation after they “failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms in violation of Georgia Rules and Regulations,” per a release of the announcement.
Absentee ballot drop boxes were permitted last year via an emergency rule, stemming from adjustments prompted by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
“The emergency rule required counties with drop boxes to fill out ballot transfer forms that included the date, time, location, and the number of ballots in the drop boxes whenever election officials collected ballots from the dropbox,” the release explained, noting 123 counties utilized such absentee ballot drop boxes for the November election.
Of those, 120 followed the rules, filling out and retaining the transfer forms. Coffee, Grady, and Taylor, however, failed to do so.
“Since day one, I have made securing Georgia’s election a top priority and I have not stopped working since then,” Raffensperger said in a statement, noting that the “overwhelming majority of counties did what they were supposed to.”
“This demonstrates that new steps need to be taken to fully secure our elections. Securing elections is work that is never truly finished,” he added.
The new Georgia election laws have sent Democrats into a fit of rage.
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping bill that overhauls his state’s election laws.
The legislation signed and passed in Georgia overhauls the election system and implements the following measures:
- Cut the time period voters have to request absentee ballots and impose new identification requirements;
- make it easier for state officials to take over local elections boards;
- limit the use of ballot drop boxes; allow challenges to voting eligibility;
- replace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger politically went after Donald Trump;
Georgia’s new election law led to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and many other CEOs coming out against the new election laws in Georgia and Texas.
The MLB is moving the All-Star Game to Colorado.
This bill is a huge win for Republicans and those who support protecting elections.
Which is why Democrats are so angry about it.
One Georgia state lawmaker became furious with Kemp for signing new election laws and tried to break into his office, where he was live-streaming his announcement.
Democrat state Rep. Park Cannon of Atlanta was arrested by Georgia State Troopers and removed from the state Capitol.
Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting General Assembly sessions.