Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is none too pleased with Fulton County after it presented a draft resolution and announced publicly that the county planned to pursue legal action over the newly enacted voting bill.
Fulton County Resolution 222 outlines parameters for the county to challenge implementation of Senate Bill 202 signed into law by Governor Kemp last month. It also directs the the attorney for the county to provide specific legal methods for challenge, affirms support of HR1 and HR4 to ‘offset’ the effects of Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, and calls for the elections supervisor to provide additional resources to expand access to the ballot box. Fulton County’s Diversity and Civil Rights Compliance Office has been directed to provide legal methods available to protect and preserve Fulton County voters’ rights.
Secretary Brad Raffensperger said the move is one to distract from the county’s countinued failures each election cycle.
Raffensperger issued the following statement in response to the Fulton County resolution on SB 202:
Fulton County has been failing its voters for at least 25 years. Each new election cycle brings a new failure and it is Fulton’s voters who suffer. The bottom line is that Fulton County’s elections leadership is responsible for running elections. It is Fulton County’s elections leadership that has created long lines for their voters time and time again while other areas of the state have managed to execute successful elections.
Instead of addressing their chronic election mismanagement issues, Fulton County’s Democrat officials have doubled down on their failed policies. After voting to override their own elections board’s decision to fire the Fulton elections supervisor, Fulton County’s Democrat commissioners are now taking aim at legislation that could actually bring Fulton’s voters the relief they have been seeking for decades.
SB 202 mandated steps to cut down long lines and create new precincts. Fulton County’s Democrat leadership is now opposing that.
SB 202 provides avenues to change the elections leadership in consistently failing counties. Fulton County’s Democrat leadership has decided the double down on a system that isn’t working.
Fulton County Democrats need to stop passing the blame to Republicans for failures they have sole control over, and actually do something about it. Fulton’s voters need more action, not more press conferences.
Fulton County Commissioners are expected to approve the measure formally on Wednesday.