Gabriel Sterling, who has served as the secretary of state’s voting system manager, said he’s aware of a number of potential threats on election day, and law enforcement authorities have been notified.
“We encourage everybody to please turn out, be safe, be smart and don’t let anybody get in the way of you casting your vote,” Sterling said. “We are aware of some (threats), but we’re trying to not discuss in too much detail about that while we’re trying to investigate and find out what the actual nature of those threats might be.”
Joseph Cousin, pastor at Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodstock, said a “Women for Warnock” event was scheduled for Sunday at his church, which is also a polling place. But the Democratic Party canceled the event because of the threats against polling places, he said.
Cousin said he’s not worried about the threats, though he still finds them disturbing.
“I think it’s people just hiding behind computers, with the ability to just put something out there and then not have to take any ownership of it, to create (voter) suppression,” he said.
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who presides over 534 AME churches in Georgia, said he’s sent warnings to churches across the state. He cited the election threats and the president’s call for protests on Wednesday, when Congress is set to confirm Biden’s victory.
“I think this is a very dangerous environment,” Jackson said. “You have the president himself fanning this stuff. I’m very concerned.”
Staff writer Mark Niesse contributed to this article.