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Opinion: Election changes can be traced to pandering to Trump voters
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia’s top elections official said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state's presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat's lead over Republican President Donald Trump. Raffensperger said during a news conference Friday that he believes the numbers his office has presented are correct. - photo by Associated Press

It was despicable when former President Donald Trump tried to pressure Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results. 

However, Raffensperger resisted Trump’s request to throw the election in his favor. And Gov. Brian Kemp was firm in his defense of Georgia’s election process.

Following this defense of Georgia’s election integrity, the governor just signed into law a measure that politicizes the election process. 

For example, the new law removes the secretary of state from serving as chair of the State Board of Elections, giving the legislature the authority to appoint a majority of the members and authorizes the state board to suspend local election officials.

This change of policy can be traced to Donald Trump. Republican elected officials across the country are looking for his support because they want the votes of his base.

Michael Drake

Gainesville

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