Georgia Republicans ramp up voter intimidation efforts with 4,000 volunteers to ‘poll watch’

Republicans are suing to enforce “two vital facets of the Georgia Election Code governing the rights of duly appointed poll watchers and statutory safeguards attending the use of ballot ‘drop boxes’ as a method of absentee voting. The RNC argues that it is “entitled to access or view video surveillance of drop box locations in real time, or as near real time as practicable.”

All of this, of course, is about who’s doing the voting the Republicans want to suppress: the Black community. Republican state officials already making sure of that. They’ve tried to slash voting precincts in Cobb County, the state’s third-largest in terms of population, closing many polling places in Black and Latino communities. They only partially succeeded in that effort thanks to the intervention of voting rights organization.

Then there’re the Republican candidates with the bullhorns where dogwhistles used to be. It’s made easier for them with Rev. Raphael Warnock on the ballot. They say it out loud: “[Raphael] Warnock gives you a lot more to aim at than [Jon] Ossoff, especially on familiar themes that resonate with G.O.P. audiences,” one Republican strategist told The New York Times. “Ossoff is just too dull to make a useful political caricature of.” By “familiar themes that resonate” he means racist tropes, in case that wasn’t already loud enough.

There’s only one way to fight this. There’s only ever been one way: organize. That’s what Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, and the Democratic Party is doing. You can help.

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