Secretary of State wants to put soldiers in every polling station during election – 95.5 WSB

ATLANTA — Georgia’s secretary of state wants to see state troopers at every polling place from Cuthbert to Calhoun, and he’s asking the General Assembly and the governor’s office to help achieve that goal.

But that request is drawing fire from Georgia Democrats, who say it’s just not practical.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pointed out that there have been an unprecedented number of threats against election officials since the 2020 election.

We published a December 2020 story about a Fulton County election worker who was the target of so much misinformation on social media that subsequent threats drove him into hiding.

“Georgia State Patrol officers are well trained, highly respected across the country and across parties,” Raffensperger said.

Now he wants the General Assembly and the governor to authorize the deployment of Georgia State Troopers to every polling place in Georgia for early voting and Election Day. He insists the extra show of force would deter threats of violence.

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“We want to make sure that accredited poll watchers, election workers, everyone feels they’re in a safe environment,” Raffensperger said.

But Democrats have pointed out that could be logistically difficult because there are three times as many polling places across Georgia as there are state troopers.

“The stupid thing about this proposal is that I think there are 25 hundred polling stations, 800 state troopers. So unless you split them into thirds, there’s no way to do it,” State Representative James Beverly told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

Atlanta Democratic lawmaker Bee Nguyen is also a candidate for secretary of state. She insists that a show of force at polling stations would create voter intimidation.

“The fear is that it would create bullying tactics directed at voters instead of addressing some of the things going on,” Nguyen said.

Elliot attempted to speak to the campaign about the other Republican candidate for secretary of state, Rep. Jody Hice, but got no response.

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