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Maybe This Time Will be the Charm – There’s Still No Voter Fraud, Says Election Administration Group
May 26, 2021 (ATLANTA, GA) – Following news that a Georgia superior court judge has allowed a group that claimed fraud in the 2020 presidential election to unseal and evaluate Fulton County absentee ballots, Georgia Votes’ Election Administration Workgroup vehemently objects to this belated attempt to undermine the integrity of the state’s election process. The group, which turned its attention to voter education in the wake of Governor Kemp signing SB 202 into law, sees this latest effort as yet another effort to discourage and disenfranchise Georgia’s most vulnerable residents.
“More than six months has passed since the presidential election,” says Susannah Scott, President of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, “and the idea that Georgia votes are being reviewed – yet again – is absolutely mind boggling.” As the Coalition mobilizes to get voters registered to vote ahead of the 2021 municipal elections, they’re convinced that this ballot review is yet another form of voter suppression and are concerned that this latest news will be seen as another hurdle people have to clear in order to have their voices heard and their votes counted.
“The latest ruling is proof positive of the damaging effects of SB 202, giving even greater, unwarranted credence to people who want to question the validity of our election process. It’s also further evidence that national, partisan attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election are spreading like wildfire,” said Helen Buter, Executive Director for the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda. “We’re on the side of voters here, and we understand what makes people rightfully skeptical about everything going on. We remain optimistic, however, that people are becoming skeptical of the people leading these mass lobbying efforts to hurl false complaints about electoral impropriety, and not the process itself.”
With legal challenges to the state’s new voter suppression laws underway and voter education efforts ramping up, the Election Administration Coalition has a clear message: “People know the power they wield when they get active and stay engaged,” said Malika Redmond, Executive Director of Women Engaged. “We made history this last election cycle, and the momentum is only building. Foolish claims like these only give us more fuel to light our fire – we will connect Georgia voters to the elections process and help make sure their voices and votes matter and are heard.”
About Georgia Votes
Georgia Votes is a group of non-profit, non-partisan organizations working to uphold safe and fair elections in Georgia. The Election Administration Workgroup includes: League of Women Voters Georgia
Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- GA Chapter.