After calling SB 202’s expansion of SEB power “dumb” and “bad policy,” Raffensperger now reversing course as part of self-serving political ploy
ATLANTA — After the passage of the GOP’s anti-voter law SB 202, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger continuously attacked the law’s provisions that would give the now “100% unelected” (in his words) State Elections Board (SEB) “an incredible amount of power” to takeover local county board of election operations. But now — with his political career at risk — Raffensperger has flip-flopped his way to a new position, supporting a conspiracy theory-driven investigation of Fulton County signed off on by what he called a “100% unaccountable” SEB.
Raffensperger previously blasted the expansion of SEB powers to include these takeover provisions, calling it “dumb,” “shortsighted,” and “bad policy” that would “not…work out well for Georgians.” He even directly pointed out the anti-democratic nature of the takeover proposal, noting, “if a voter is not happy with the decisions that are made, who do they hold accountable? Do they call all 180 state representatives, do they call all 56 state senators? There’s no direct accountability.”
But with his political career falling into shambles, Raffensperger is reversing course on the massive expansion of powers to an “unelected” SEB, voicing support for the investigation which could lead to a takeover of the Fulton County Board of Elections — as his own general counsel is appointed to a review board appointed by the“100% unaccountable” SEB.
“They’ve increased the powers of that board…If (the board) make(s) a mistake, and that doesn’t work out, who are you going to hold accountable? An unelected official?” said Raffensperger, prior to his political flip-flop. “So now it’s a 100% unelected board making very big decisions for the people of Georgia.”