Georgia Democrats Score a Win

Georgia Democrats Score a Win

Georgia Democrats Score a Win

Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and his fellow Democrats scored a win on Saturday afternoon in his quest to win a run-off election on December 6.

As you’ll recall, Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker are heading towards the run-off since neither candidate earned more than 50% on November 8. At the time that GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger authorized the run-off, Warnock had gleaned 49.2% of the votes to Walker’s 48.7%.

So with the votes that close, Team Warnock went into default mode: crying wolf over voter suppression. Again. That’s because even though there will be early voting in Georgia starting on November 28, and prior to Thanksgiving in some areas, that’s not enough for the Democrats. They wanted voters to be able to vote on Saturday, November 26, too.

However, Georgia law clearly states that if the second Saturday before the election follows a Thursday or Friday public holiday, early voting should not happen on that Saturday. And that would include November 26, two days after Thanksgiving.

There’s a practical reason for this law, too: it’s hard to find poll workers the day after a holiday, which in this case, also includes Friday.

But Team Warnock claimed that those dastardly Republicans want to limit early voting in Georgia. Forget that the first line of the section of the new voting law clearly refers to “each primary, election, or runoff.” Keeping the polls closed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving would hurt Warnock’s ballot harvesting strategy.

So a group calling itself the “Democracy Docket” filed suit on behalf of the Georgia Democratic Party.



Georgia Democrats Get Their Wish

Late on Saturday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Cox Jr. ignored the law and handed Warnock and Co. a victory. In a 10-page opinion, he wrote:

“Based on the Court’s ruling, counties may provide advance voting on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Further, Defendant is hereby enjoined from interfering in efforts by counties to provide for advance voting on Saturday, November 26, 2022.”

Democrats crowed. The party claimed that this was a victory for voters and “especially for workers and students who will have a greater opportunity to make their voices heard in this election.”

Right. Students and “workers” who are more likely to vote for Warnock.

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Judge Thomas A. Cox. Screenshot/Twitter.

Secretary of State Raffensperger isn’t letting this violation of the new voting law go without challenge. His office is planning an appeal.

Raffensperger pointed out that Georgia Democrats, with the help of a friendly judge, are trying to change the state’s new election laws. The same laws that have allowed Georgia to attain the second most secure elections in the country, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Raffensperger said:

“Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences.”

No kidding.


Marc Elias, the Shill Behind the Shenanigans

Leading the charge behind the Democrat attack on the new Georgia election laws is none other than Democrat bulldog lawyer Marc Elias. Elias is a former Clinton lawyer and partner with Perkins-Coie, a powerful Democrat law firm. And during the 2016 election, Perkins-Coie hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump.

That should tell you everything you need to know.

Elias has a notorious history of election-meddling. For example, he attempted to challenge Glenn Youngkin’s 2021 win for Virginia governor on behalf of Terry McAuliffe. He failed, of course, but that led to his launch of the “Democracy Docket” to continue his election shenanigans.

Not only that, but as law professor Jonathan Turley has pointed out, Elias also played a key role in making false statements to the media and Congress about the fake Steele dossier. Elias has also been sanctioned by courts, notably in 2021 for violating ethics rules in a voting case, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans v. Hughs.

But back to Georgia.

Elias and Democrats maintain that the election law which prohibits voting on the Saturday after a holiday is due to … wait for it … racism. They claim that the reason behind the law is because of a holiday honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which fell on the day after Thanksgiving.

Never mind that former Republican Governor Nathan Deal removed any reference to Lee years ago. And never mind that another holiday — Thanksgiving — falls before Saturday, November 26.

Jason Snead, executive director of Honest Elections Projects, attacked Elias and his race-baiting:

“Marc Elias is doing what he is notorious for: running to the courts to rewrite election laws on the eve of an election …”

“Using a defunct holiday to justify rewriting election laws and fuel voter suppression claims in a state that just had record-breaking voter turnout is a ludicrous new low.”

Democrats are not just trying to win a Senate race. They’re trying to undermine laws that have made Georgia’s elections more secure.

There’s no depth to which they will not sink in order to win, is there?


Featured image: Wikimedia Commons/cropped/public domain. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!


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