ATLANTA (AP) — Officers in Georgia on Tuesday voted to fireside the person answerable for overseeing elections within the state’s most populous county, which was continuously within the highlight final yr after a disastrous major and a focus from then-President Donald Trump.
The Fulton County Board of Elections voted 3-2 throughout a generally contentious video convention to terminate Rick Barron. Earlier than taking the vote, the board heard from elections division workers who expressed help for Barron, in addition to some county residents who mentioned he wanted to go.
In a textual content message after the vote, Barron mentioned he’d maintain off on commenting till after a Fulton County Board of Commissioners assembly scheduled for Wednesday. “This vote might get rejected tomorrow,” he wrote. The chairman of the Board of Commissioners didn’t instantly return an e mail in search of clarification on whether or not the election board’s choice must be authorized the commissioners.
When requested whether or not the commissioners’ approval is critical, county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt replied, “That’s our understanding.” She famous that the Board of Commissioners should log out on the hiring of an elections director.
“The authorized query is whether or not that applies in reverse,” she mentioned in a textual content message to The Related Press.
The county election board is made up of a chairperson appointed the Board of Commissioners, two Republican appointees and two Democratic appointees. Democrat Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, the election board vice chair, joined Republicans Kathleen Ruth and Mark Wingate in voting to fireside Barron. Chairperson Mary Carole Cooney and Democrat Aaron Johnson opposed termination.