Trump may have “found” the votes needed to win Georgia under the state’s new election law

What if Georgia’s electoral authorities managed to find a vote that then President Donald Trump didn’t exist? Pressured them to “find” To overturn his narrow loss in Peach County? What if there was no Secretary of State, not just the spine, who had the authority to ensure that elections were free from partisan fraud?

That would have been a catastrophic loss for democracy, what is it? And if Georgia’s brand new election law had come into force, it would have been much easier to stop it.

Thanks to the rules that were a little overlooked Georgia’s new restrictive voting law And Similar measures are being promoted In more than half a dozen other Republican-controlled legislatures, skids are being better anointed for future Trump-style election tampering. These attempts to overturn the will of voters must be stopped.

What is behind the law

The new Georgia election law incorporates measures to transfer a significant amount of election monitoring power from state and county election commissions to Congress.Countermeasures Dismiss the elected Secretary of State As chair of the State Election Commission, replace him or her with a Republican-run legislature appointed person.

Such a coincidence! Just months after Secretary of State Brad Rafence says “no” to the magical vote, Congress robs his office of a mass of power and authority and transfers it to someone of their choice. .. To make their bid.

Voting booth in Tampa, Florida, October 22, 2018.

Voting booth in Tampa, Florida, October 22, 2018.

The law doesn’t just change who chooses a chair. The majority of the members of the board are now legislative appointed, and the board gains ominous new powers. That is, the ability to dismiss and replace election officials who manage voting at the level at which the actual elections take place, the county level.

Let’s say the legislature doesn’t like the democratic way of counting votes in Fulton County. Under the new law, the board of directors can dismiss personnel and appoint a new boss if desired.

“After the November elections last year,” Governor Brian Kemp said in signing the bill: Significant reforms Needed for our state elections. “

Given that no one is producing evidence of massive fraud, fraud, counting the number of votes cast for the dead, or losing votes for living people, Kemp considers it in need of “reform.” I think we know that.

“Republicans are bravely trying to seize local and state election authorities with unprecedented power gains.” Voting leader Stacey Abrams says, Former Democratic leader of the Georgia Capitol Museum. The new law aims to “change election results and eliminate state and county voter authorities who refuse to put the party on top of the people … their grand plan is the law in 2020. If so, numerous attempts by the state legislature would have been successful for voters. “

Abrams is one of many who calls the new Georgia law unconstitutional, Three voting groups filed proceedings.. Instead of playing a judge The constitution prohibits the state from placing Excessive burden on citizens’ right to vote. Not surprisingly, it includes the burden of politicians’ power-gaining authorities on election management.

Stacey Abrams: Don’t boycott companies over voting rights yet. Press them first to speak.

Arizona is also focusing on legislation that makes election oversight exposed to partisan manipulation, just as Georgia has caused Mr. Trump a slight defeat. One measure introduced It has been given Republican-led legislative power over state election manuals and is now in the hands of the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State.

as a whole, New York Times At least eight state GOP lawmakers are reportedly pushing for a bill to deprive the Secretary of State, the governor, and the nonpartisan Election Commission of election supervision and hand it over to Congress.

Regain confidence in elections?

Republicans need to take the outlook, as foxes typically do when taking over security duties at Henhaus.

The leader will tell you that such a move is needed to restore public confidence in the election. Quite a trick, that. The only reason we need to regain confidence is that Trump and his party destroyed it by pushing a big lie that the November elections were fraudulent and stolen. Fraud on a near-scale basis that would change the outcome of the November 6 vote, as evidenced by judges after judges and election civil servants after election civil servants, Republican appointees, and Democrats. And no evidence of fraud.

Use all tools to protect your votes. The Georgia Republican Party wants to bring voting rights back decades. Next is your state?

There is no doubt that some of the daily Republicans truly believe in the lies given to them by the right-wing media and the former president. But the most aggressive and attention-grabbing propagators of lies are becoming more and more apparent — Hello, Sydney Powell — Don’t literally mean it when they say it.

Trumpian words such as “fraud,” “fraud,” and “stealing” should be considered codewords. What is their true meaning? Elections were decisively influenced by those who should not be allowed to speak much in the election of the president and the determination of national direction.

The only “wrong” thing in the 2020 presidential election is that many liberals and voters voted and the “wrong” one won.

What’s really wrong is to change the election law so that those people can’t do it again.

Tom Krattenmaker, a member of USA TODAY’s Contribution Committee, writes about religion and values ​​in public life.He is the author of Confession of secular followers of Jesus.. Follow him on Twitter. @krattenmaker..

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