The voting law removed Raffensperger, a Republican whom GOP lawmakers blamed for then-President Donald Trump’s loss after he mailed absentee ballot applications to nearly 7 million voters last spring and rejected allegations of fraud after the presidential election.
Republican members of the board thanked Raffensperger’s office, which will continue to oversee and certify elections, help draft regulations and set agendas even though he’s no longer a board member. But they didn’t join Worley after he said he wouldn’t intervene with county election management.
“I think I speak for the board when I say that we appreciate you very much and look forward to a continued strong working relationship,” Rebecca Sullivan, the board’s acting chairwoman, said of the secretary of state’s office.
The board will now begin crafting regulations required by Georgia’s voting law, including provisions for performance reviews of county election offices, instant runoffs for military and overseas voters, and redesigned absentee ballot forms that include space for newly required ID numbers.
The law replaced signature verification with requirements that voters submit a driver’s license number, state ID number or other documentation when requesting and returning absentee ballots.
Rules will be developed in time for municipal elections in November, according to an attorney for the secretary of state’s office.
The board also reviewed dozens of cases involving election irregularities over the past several years, often referring them to the attorney general’s office. Violations of state election laws could result in fines, reprimands, letters of recommendation or criminal prosecution.
Election allegations referred to the attorney general’s office
- Several voters in Crawford, Jackson and Stephens counties allegedly voted twice in an election. Some said they forgot they had already voted or didn’t believe their absentee ballot would be counted, and then local poll workers failed to stop them from casting a second ballot.
- A Cobb County gun store held a raffle to win a rifle for anyone who showed an “I voted” sticker.
- A Forsyth County business allegedly offered a free termite inspection to anyone who voted for Republicans in January’s U.S. Senate runoffs.
- State Rep. Roger Bruce, a Democrat from Atlanta, allegedly handed out snacks at a polling place while wearing a shirt saying he was a state representative.
- A voter refused to remove a hat supporting Donald Trump inside a Bacon County polling place after he was asked to do so by a poll worker.
- Over 860 voters were assigned to the wrong state House district in DeKalb County. The error didn’t change the outcome of elections won by state Rep. Scott Holcomb, a Democrat from Atlanta.