DeKalb elections board members decry ‘dangerous’ voting laws

“The integrity of our democratic republic calls for it,” it mentioned.


Because the physique entrusted to supervise elections on the county stage, the DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections has a vested curiosity within the laws being superior the Particular Elections Integrity Committee and others throughout the 2021 legislative session. We now have volunteered our time and power to be accountable for guaranteeing equitable entry to the vote all eligible voters and for guaranteeing that elections in DeKalb County are performed effectively and in accordance with all relevant legal guidelines.

In line with this duty, we oversaw an unprecedented 2020 elections cycle with 7 elections, brand-new expertise, and record-breaking turnout—all amid a worldwide pandemic. In an effort to meet the wants of DeKalb voters, we expanded early voting entry opening 12 advance voting precincts with prolonged hours for the November Common Election and January Senate Runoffs. We significantly enhanced our outreach and communications, together with voluntarily making supplies out there in different languages. Lastly, we augmented our staffing, amenities, and gear with the intention to well timed course of the 129,000 absentee ballots submitted simply in November. This may have been troublesome or inconceivable with out the provision of absentee drop packing containers, a considerable nongovernmental grant, and the assist of nationally-recognized nonpartisan elections specialists to assist us adapt to the various challenges we and different county elections workplaces confronted in 2020.

Each credible authority on elections, together with the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA), declared the November Common Election to be “essentially the most safe in American historical past.” Georgia’s personal Secretary of State, after ordering a hand audit, a recount of the Presidential contest, and a signature audit in Cobb, refuted allegations of fraud with respect to voting machines and absentee voting and declared Georgia’s elections course of and outcomes to be safe and correct. These assurances from the best ranges of elections authority make the continued efforts of the Particular Elections Integrity Committee much more cynical and undemocratic.

In response to unparalleled voter enthusiasm and a largely efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Common Meeting might have undertaken laws to additional streamline voter entry and enshrine into regulation the insurance policies that enabled essentially the most safe election in American historical past. As an alternative, the Common Meeting has chosen to unexpectedly advance measures that prohibit and complicate voting entry and hamper the flexibility of counties to successfully administer elections.

The DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections calls upon the Common Meeting and the Particular Elections Integrity Committee to withdraw the dangerous laws in HB 531 and work in live performance with county elections workplaces and nonpartisan elections authorities to make sure the continued accessibility, effectiveness, and credibility of the elections course of. The integrity of our democratic republic calls for it.

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