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Joe Biden and the rest of the Dems just got some bad news from the state of Georgia after the State Election Board approved a review of Fulton County elections. Fulton County is the state’s most populous county. A review, under the state’s new voting law, is a critical first step to take over from the inept county.
Republican lawmakers asked the state board last month to appoint a performance review panel to investigate Fulton County’s handling of elections. The lawmakers asked for the review because they wanted to ensure that election officials in the county follow state voting laws and regulations.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a bipartisan, three-person review panel to examine Fulton County. The State Election Board has a a 3-1 Republican majority. It could appoint a temporary administrator to run Fulton County elections if it finds problems after conducting the review.
From The AP:
Under the new law, lawmakers who represent a given county may request a review of local election officials.
In Fulton County, that’s the county board of registration and elections. The review board is to be composed of “three competent persons,” including an employee of the elections division of the secretary of state’s office and two “local election officials.”
The review panel approved by the state board includes: Stephen Day, a Democratic appointee to the Gwinnett County election board; Ricky Kittle, a Republican appointee to the Catoosa County election board; and Ryan Germany, general counsel for the secretary of state’s office.
The review board is tasked with conducting a complete and thorough investigation into the competency in the maintenance and operation of election equipment, the administration and oversight of registration and elections and compliance with state law and regulations. Then the board is to issue a report with evaluations and recommendations.
The investigation is to be followed by a preliminary hearing within 90 days of the receipt of the original request.
During that preliminary hearing, the State Election Board is to decide whether the matter should be dismissed or whether it should proceed to a full hearing.
The state board could suspend the county board if it finds evidence county officials violated state election law or rules three times since 2018 and have not fixed violations.
It could also remove the county board if it finds that during at least two elections over two years the board has shown “nonfeasance, malfeasance, or gross negligence.”
JUST IN – Georgia’s State Election Board to review Fulton county elections, takeover possible (AP)
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) August 18, 2021
Republicans said they are concerned about carelessness in the administration of Fulton County’s elections. https://t.co/RIR2t3YHln
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 18, 2021
Georgia’s GOP-controlled State Election Board will take a step toward a possible eventual takeover of elections in Fulton County, AP reports https://t.co/5b4ztS8KqZ
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) August 18, 2021
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