Georgia Republican wants to “set the stage” for contesting November election, but won't certify primaries

A Republican member of the election board in Fulton County, Georgia, is refusing to certify the results of the May 21 primary election. She is demanding that she first be granted unusual access to “important election materials and procedures.”

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Clerk Julie Adams is requesting “lists of all eligible precinct voters showing who registered at polling places and who returned absentee ballots, the number of votes cast at certain voting machines and in early voting, information on provisional and drop box ballots, digital images of ballots as they were cast, all applications and envelopes for absentee ballots, and other data.”

The renegade board member was a former director of the conservative Tea Party Patriots and one of two people nominated by the Fulton County Republican Party to serve on the five-member board. Although her decision to abstain and file suit did not stop the board from voting to certify last week's election, Adams has nonetheless raised concerns as former President Donald Trump and members of the Republican Party regularly threaten to overturn elections that do not go in their favor.

Adams has claimed that “the board has not overseen our elections, but clearly should,” and that “it is time to fix the problems in our elections.”

Aaron Johnson, a Democratic member of the panel, pointed out that Fulton County, which includes the city of Atlanta, is the most heavily monitored county in Georgia and that the panel's certification is part of a long process to ensure the election was conducted legally. “The state (election) panel still has to certify,” he said. “It's an ongoing process that doesn't end today. The problem we have in Fulton County is the constant misrepresentation of what's actually going on.”

Last Friday, the Georgia Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee stepped in to thwart the case, which Georgia party chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams said was a “transparent attempt to set the stage” for a fight to prevent certification of the 2024 presidential election if Trump is defeated. He and 18 co-defendants are already facing charges in an alleged plot to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump by just under 12,000 votes.

Adams and her lawyers say a ruling in her favor by Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Ural Glanville “would be consistent with Georgia's policy of increasing public confidence in Georgia elections.” She is also targeting the county's election director, who she says should not conduct an election “without oversight or access” from the board.

In response, Director Adams said that she and other board members were able to observe the “reconciliation” of the election results prior to certification. The problem was that she did not request the materials in time before the certification deadline.

Anna Harden

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