Georgia law requires every vote to be accurately counted. There is zero tolerance for inaccurate counting. In Coalition for Good Governance v. Kemp and extended to Raffensperger a federal judge ruled that law against voters documenting their ballot using photography coud not be enforced. Yet, no directive has been given to election offices to change pollworker or pollwatcher training incorporating the judge’s order for proper administration of polls.
For well over a year and a half several voters have attended Cherokee County Board of Election meetings in an effort to point out problems and explain the reasons for mistrust in Georgia elections. We have suggested actions allowed and required by Georgia law. While the Cherokee County Board of Elections was receptive initially, for whatever reason they are no longer even to that required of them by law. The change is consistent with the employ of an attorney that advises them of fines for certain actions but has not as strongly advised to my knowledge of criminal charges that could be levied against them.
While relations between the sides for the most part have been congenial, the introduction of non Cherokee residents who have no vested interest in Cherokee County elections has progressed to the point of agitation by outsiders. I have personally known two board members for over thirty years. They have a history of service to this county. I fear that history is being undermined by the highly stressful situation which has developed since voters have become aware of problems with the 2020 election and ongoing problems in subsequent elections.
Despite the majority of concerned citizens who have conducted themselves properly and charitably, of which I count myself, asking the board to execute means within their authority to restore some confidence in the Cherokee County elections, those in attendance at the October Board of Elections meeting were chided and berated by a board member with others who were accused of threatening others at the September meeting. I saw nor heard nothing at the September meeting that caused me alarm. Perspective easily influences perception. Let me state without reserve I will not tolerate inappropriate conduct by anyone in my presence at Board of Elections meetings. It is my duty to quell that as much as it is to secure transparent elections. I will call for authorities if necessary and as best as this old grandma can I would physically come to the defense of those in service to this county.
During the chiding it was stated that there is law to be followed. That is what is desired, required, and necessary to reset elections on stabler ground. Law can not be followed selectively. I have made the Board aware of the ruling banning enforcement of photography bans in the poll as well as that ballots are by law to be counted at the precincts as well as many other areas that need attention. I am not responsible for the choices of the Board or director as to what issues they choose to address or how they choose to address them. The Bible says in a multitude of counselors their is safety. Proverbs 11:14
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
I would urge those in authority to seek enough counselors to form the best plan of action for themselves and Cherokee County.