CONTACT: Adam Sweat
December 8, 2020 (ATLANTA, GA) – With 28 days remaining until the U.S. Senate runoffs, the Election Protection Coalition is fighting double duty––working hard to ensure that Georgia voters have all the information they need to fully participate in the January 5, 2021 election, and warding off partisan rhetoric that threatens the lives of poll workers.
“The fact of the matter is that Georgia’s elections process has been fair and safe thus far, and while voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the state, voter intimidation is alive and well,” said Helen Butler, Chair of the Election Protection Coalition and Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.
The Election Protection Coalition emphasized that people should have confidence that their ballots count and their voices matter, despite any amount of rhetoric to the contrary. Regardless of recent declarations that the State Senate will seek to change voter laws at the start of the January legislative session, the processes that Georgia already has in place uphold voter integrity work. Georgians can rely on both valid and safe means to cast their ballots in the runoffs just as they did during the primaries and in the general election. To be clear, there is no voter fraud at play.
“Poll workers stand on the front lines of defending our democracy,” said Susannah Scott, President, League of Women Voters Inc., “and our state benefits from the assistance and effort of well-trained, dutiful and diligent poll workers. Their credibility and work ethic––and the validity of the ballots they help tabulate––should not be put in question just to satisfy partisan agendas, and by all means, their safety should never be jeopardized because of their administration of this important work.”
About The Election Protection Coalition
The Election Protection Coalition is a group of non-profit, non-partisan organizations working to uphold safe and fair elections in Georgia. The Coalition includes Georgia Votes, All Voting is Local-Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Common Cause and Common Cause Georgia, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, League of Women Voters of Georgia, Georgia NAACP, The New Georgia Project, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.