Towns County, Ga. – Rebecca Yardley, Chairwoman for the 9 District Republican Party, addressed the 2020 election, possible voter fraud, and 2022 candidates at Thursday’s Towns County Republican Party meeting.
In a mostly packed room of supporters, Yardley started the evening by addressing voter fraud concerns brought forth by the State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party after losing the presidential race and two senate seats late last year. Since that point, Republicans have been eager to find solutions and avoid a repeat in the future. Consequently, the Georgia Republican Party created the Election Confidence Task Force.
“We know that the mainstream media would tell us that there was no fraud. I’m not going to stand here and tell you that,” proclaimed Yardley. “I know first hand that there was fraud.”
Spearheaded by Atlanta attorney Brad Carver, the task force published its recommendations on Wednesday, February 17. The ten-page, nonbinding report is the Georgia Republican Party’s blueprint to state lawmakers as they look to craft election integrity policy for the remaining days of the legislative session.
“We as grassroots activists have got to spend the remainder of this legislative session ensuring that we are staying on top of our legislators to get some election integrity enacted in the Georgia legislature, said Yardley. “I’m proud to say that your Georgia Republican Party is leading the way on that.”
Here are some of the recommendations from the task force:
- Requiring photo ID verification for all absentee ballot applications and ballots.
- Allowing videotaping of all election activity except voters casting their ballots.
- Eliminating third-party and government solicitation of absentee ballot applications.
- Replacing all Dominion software with auditable and transparent software.
- Prohibiting so-called mobile voting locations, except in the case of a natural disaster.
See the entire report here.
It’s worth noting that Republican leadership wasted no time tackling this session’s voter integrity issues. Speaker David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) echoed this message in a pre-session press conference where he announced the creation of a Special Committee of Election Integrity. The house committee has been consistently meeting while debating many of the exact solutions that the Election Confidence Task Force outlined in its report.
While Yardley spent a majority of her time talking about the Election Confidence Task Force, it was her comment about current Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that sent the room into applause.
“…It may get me in trouble with the Georgia Republican Party, but I’ll take those licks and keep on ticking. Ladies and gentlemen, this district chair ain’t backing Brad Raffensperger,” said Yardley.
However, Yardley wasn’t done giving the room something else to cheer about. As an outspoken supporter of Doug Collins, she also weighed in on the Senate and Governor’s race.
“They [AJC] posted a great article about a friend of mine today. So if you know Doug Collins; if you like Doug Collins; or if you’re like my family and you love Doug Collins, you know that he’s looking at running either in 2022 for the Senate seat or to be the next Governor of the great state of Georgia.”
ATLANTA, Ga – Republican Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) trade barbs concerning the integrity of Georgia’s election process.
In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler requested the resignation of Raffensperger, citing “the management of Georgia’s elections has become an embarrassment for our state” and failure to deliver honest elections.
However, the statement lists zero evidence of voter fraud or specific examples of the Secretary of State’s election failures. The Georgia Republicans and Senators are both in separate January 5, 2021 runoffs. Perdue is facing Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff. Loeffler is in contention against Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The statement goes on to address that every legal vote should be counted and for transparency in the county process.
“We believe where there are failures, they need to be called out – even when it’s in your own party. There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election shined a national light on the problems.”
In a rebuttal statement, Raffensperger asserts that he has no intention of resigning, “the voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
The Secretary of State lists the facts pertaining to the November 3 election and the days following. Almost five million Georgians cast ballots in this election. 75 percent voted in person, and 25 percent voted no-excuse absentee ballot. The no-excuse absentee law was passed by a Republican legislature with support from Speaker David Ralston and signed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue.
Senator Perdue received more votes from Georgians than President Trump, and the president garnered the most votes ever for the Republican presidential candidate in Georgia.
The Secretary of State’s office is and will be investigating any “specific allegations of illegal voting.” It also has a monitor in Fulton County, “one of the longtime problem Democrat-run counties.”
“I care about counting each and every legal vote… and assuring that illegal votes won’t be counted,” Raffensperger added.
He agrees that illegal voting probably occurred in Georgia, but not to the extent, or margin necessary, to change the presidential race outcome.
Concerning the lack of transparency charge, he directed attention to the daily, sometimes twice daily, press conferences and hourly number updates.
Raffensperger alludes to problems with federal law when it comes to maintaining “clean voter rolls.”
“Federal law, not state law, is what allows people to register to vote before a runoff even if they weren’t registered in for the general election. Now that Senators Perdue and Loeffler are concerned about elections, hopefully, they can fix these federal laws.”
Secretary of State ends with a promise to do his duty as an elected official and is concerned about Republicans maintaining the U.S. Senate. He suggests that Perdue and Loeffler “focus on that.”
Statement from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/Sf1JIWH5qg
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 9, 2020
HIAWASSEE, Ga – The 2020 General Election is on November 3, and early voting begins on October 12. For anyone interested, please review the official sample ballot below.
Races include President, both United States Senate Seats, House of Representatives District Nine, Public Service Commissioner, State Senator District 50, General Assembly District Eight, Probate Court Judge, Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Coroner, County Commissioner, and Blue Ridge Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.
Two state constitutional amendments are on the ballot. House Resolution 164 Act No. 597 authorizes the dedication of fees and taxes to their intended purposes by general state law. In other words, if a tax is intended to assist with garbage clean up, then this amendment would ensure the money went toward that purpose. House Resolution 1023 Act No.596 waives state and local sovereign immunity for violation of state laws, state, and federal constitutions. It would allow Georgia citizens to petition the superior court for relief for acts outside the lawful authority scope.
A statewide referendum, House Bill 344 Act No. 149, would except all real estate owned by a purely public charity from the ad valorem tax if the charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code.
Towns County residents can already request an absentee ballot for the election and are highly encouraged to mail it back in as soon as possible.
Early voting will run from October 12 to 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office. It will be open through lunch each day as well. Additionally, Saturday voting will take place on October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All COVID-19 precautions will be in place, and they recommend the public wear masks, but they aren’t required. The elections officials will have PPE on-hand, hand sanitizer and masks.
On election day, all three precincts in Towns County will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If anyone is interested in being a poll worker, training will occur on Saturday, October 10, at the Civic Center from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please arrive a little early, so elections officials can adequately set up the training room.
On Oct. 2, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn hosted a meet and greet at Black Diamond Grill. Both Senators were behind schedule – planned to start at noon – due to getting tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival.
Both. Loeffler and Blackburn had been in contact with President Trump in recent days. Both senators’ tests came back as negative. Loeffler’s goal for her campaign and the upcoming election is to shake up the status quo as a businesswoman.
Blackburn –who introduced Loeffler – said since Trump has been in office, the economy has grown as well as the strength of the country. It will continue to grow with the leadership of figures like Trump and Loeffler, according to Blackburn.
“This country is coming back because with Donald Trump and Republican leadership, we can do this again and we will,” Blackburn said.
Loeffler said Washington is in need of more businesspeople like herself and Trump. Her fight for the Georgian’s will not stop, according to Loeffler.
“There’s nothing that the radical left fears more than a strong, conservative businesswoman, so I am proud to stand by you,” Loeffler said. “The radical left is working overtime to take away our freedoms, our opportunities, our way of life here in Georgia. They’re trying to get outsiders, like myself, like President Trump out of Washington but we’re not going to let them.”
Loeffler’s campaign is based on the American Dream and to continue to fight for it. Loeffler has focused on her core values of pro-life, pro-second amendment and holding China accountable.
“I have stood up to the radical left’s cancel culture and I’ve drawn the line and said we will not be canceled; we will not be silenced. I’m going to be that voice for every single Georgian who feels like they can’t speak out,” Loeffler said. “I am working for you…for all Georgian’s.”
TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the June 9 General Primary. To review the unofficial election returns for your local races, see below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State.
Presumptive Winner: Cliff Bradshaw (Incumbent)
Presumptive Winner: Bruce Rogers (Incumbent)
Sheriff – Runoff
Jim Couch – 19.47%
Linda Curtis – 5.45%
Runoff Candidate: Kenneth “Ode” Henderson – 27.78%
Lisa Joseph – 3.49%
Runoff Candidate: Daren Osborn – 43.82%
Clerk of Superior Court
Presumptive Winner: Cecil Dye (Republican)
Presumptive Winner: Cecil Dye (Incumbent)
Board of Education Post 1 – Macedonia
Presumptive Winner: Brandon Grimsley
Board of Education Post 4 – At Large
Presumptive Winner: Stephanie McConnell
Board of Education Post 5 – At Large
Stephen Green -43.76%
Presumptive Winner: Caroleen Woods – 56.24%
Presumptive Winner: Tamela Cooper – 53.29%
Harold Copeland (Incumbent) – 46.71%
Judge of Superior Court Enotah Circuit
Presumptive Winner: Joy R. Parks (Incumbent)
SPLOST – Passed
Freemont Tax – Passed
City of Hiawassee Fluoride Referendum – No – 57.01%
U.S. Representative District Nine
Michael Boggus – 2.11%
Paul Broun – 8.41%
Andrew Clyde – 16.77%
Matt Gurtler – 40.26%
Maria Strickland – 3.45%
Kevin Tanner – 5.84%
Ethan Underwood – 5.65%
Kellie Weeks – 2.60%
John Wilkinson – 14.91%
Devin Pandy – 33.22%
Brooke Siskin – 20.38%
Dan Wilson – 46.40%
State Senate District 50
Andy Garrison – 13.20%
Dan Gasaway – 4.11%
Stacy Hall – 31.59%
Bo Hatchett – 21.03%
Tricia Lynne Hise – 20.86%
Lee Moore – 9.21%
Dee Daley – 100%
State House District 8
Stan Gunter – 65.55%
Steve Townsend – 34.45%
Dave Cooper – 100%
To see the state election returns, click here.
Run-off elections will be held on August 11 if needed. The General Election is scheduled for November 3 as well as the jungle primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat.