Republicans in Georgia Get Rid of Black Election Board Members

A witness makes her case on voting in the field hearing


FILE - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, center, Speaker of the House David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan hold a news conference Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, to condemn the breach of the U.S. Capitol. The 2020 election cycle has left Georgia's Republican governor bruised even though he wasn't on the ballot. The two Senate Republicans defeated in runoff elections included Kemp's hand-picked appointee, Kelly Loeffler. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
By: Tadi Abedje

The fight for voting rights has been an ongoing battle ever since the 2020 presidential election. There has been activism going back to last summer’s protest along with the Black women who marched and demanded Congress in Washington, D.C., to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act. 

Numerous states across the country have been passing legislation that would discourage certain groups of people from voting. One of those states is Georgia, which recently had a Senate field hearing in Atlanta about voting rights. It was held by Senate Democrats including Amy Klobuchar, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Jeff Merkley and Alex Padilla.  

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Helen Butler, who is the executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, testified at the hearing about the importance of fair access to the voting booth. She served on the Morgan County Board of Elections for a decade before getting fired, which she explained as a Republican attempt to assert partisan control. 

“In short, the numerous changes in SB 202, attacking voting methods increasingly used by Black voters and other voters of color, taken in conjunction with the undemocratic takeover of boards of election, may lead to the partisan nullification of lawful votes, clearly demonstrate why federal standards must be enacted to restore the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, S. 1, For the People Act and S. 2155, Preventing Election Subversion Act of 2021,” said Butler in a Twitter video. 

She later added that people worked too hard for voting rights to give up on the fight.