On Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms released an Administrative Order opposing Georgia’s new election integrity rule.
According to Mayor Bottoms’ order, Governor Brian Kemp’s election integrity initiatives include “empowering officials to take over local election boards, restricting the use of ballot drop boxes, and introducing new voter identification standards and restrictions for the use of absentee ballots.”
The mayor also claims that these “voting limits” will disproportionately affect residents of cities and counties with dense populations, such as Atlanta, and will obstruct their ability to vote.
The use of vote “drop boxes” and unsolicited mail-in ballots are two controversial elements of Georgia’s election integrity rule.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Voting drop boxes can only be found within early voting locations and accessible during voting hours under Georgia’s new law.” “When seeking an absentee ballot, Georgians would be asked to have a driver’s license number, state ID number, or other identification. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 11 days before polling day. Local governments may also be forbidden from mailing absentee ballot application forms to people who have not requested them.”
Private interests, such as the partisan Southern Poverty Law Center and the Zuckerberg-backed Center for Tech and Civic Life, funded drop-boxes, which was a blessing for Democrat counties that voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden. According to the Federalist, a partial review of the CTCL’s activities (a better image will emerge once its IRS-reported expenses are reported) shows that the organization favored Democratic-leaning counties:
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Joe Biden’s counties received nine out of ten of CTCL’s largest recognized grants.
Nine of the ten counties that shifted the most votes to the Democratic presidential nominee from 2016 to 2020 won CTCL grants.
The average change toward the Democrat was 13.7 percent among these nine grantees. Cobb and Gwinnett were two of the four counties in which Biden received the most votes.
A Biden county was more than two-and-a-half times more likely than a Trump county to receive support.
All four counties where Biden received 100,000 or more votes were supported by CTCL.
Fulton County obtained millions from the Zuckerberg-funded CTLC without public discussion, it was announced in December.
At a September 2, 2020 board meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $6.3 million grant from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life’s ‘Safe Elections’ initiative, according to Breitbart News.
“It went on without raising a single question about the name of the organization supplying the aid, where the money came from, or what the money would be used for.”
Other problems with drop boxes, such as noncompliance with chain-of-custody rules, make it difficult to characterize the voting machines as “protected elections.”
In mid-March, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson announced that “State and county officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain of custody records for an unprecedented 404,691 vote by mail absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and then sent to county registrars for counting.”