DeKalb Democrats Support Bipartisan DeKalb County Board of Elections And Protests Voter Suppression

DeKalb Democrats Support Bipartisan DeKalb County Board of Elections And Protests Voter Suppression

Dekalb Delegation Urges Veto, March 17th, 12:30 PM, Press Conference, GA Capital

March  15, DeKalb County, GA – The DeKalb County Democratic Committee applauds the DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections’ statement, reaffirming the 2020 presidential election results and calling on the Georgia General Assembly to reject legislation that restricts voting access. 

 We are calling on the sponsors of HB 531 and SB 241 to withdraw their respective pieces of legislation. These continued attempts to overturn the lawful, free, and fair vote of DeKalb residents, particularly  Black and other voters of color, is a shameful and unconstitutional bid to rig future elections. 

The DeKalb Democrats stand in solidarity with the Board and with all our county’s voters in the emphatic position that the legislative efforts of the Georgia General Assembly are cynical and undemocratic. If passed, these bills would advance frivolous barricades to voting access based on false claims of voter fraud, and as the Board warns in their statement “. . . restrict and complicate voting access and hamper the ability of counties to effectively administer elections.” 

With one of the lowest drops in voter turnout (373,439 votes casted in the general and 349,927 in the runoff), DeKalb played a crucial role in determining the outcome in races won by a less than 3 percent vote margin.Despite “assurance from the highest level of elections’ authority ” that Georgia’s elections process and outcomes were the most secure and accurate in history, 28 Georgia Rebublican state legislators signed an amicus brief in support of a conspiracy-fueled Texas lawsuit to overturn the November results and invalidate the votes of hundreds of thousands of DeKalb voters. 

Now, 14 of the same legislators* have sponsored bills aimed at attacking and undermining our voting liberties. We condemn their votes against the electors of January 6th, 2021, and urge them to withdraw the anti-voter bills HB 531 and SB 241. These undemocratic proposals perpetuate bad-faith lies, undermine trust in our elections and spread misinformation about voter fraud in DeKalb.  Any other action will be a betrayal to their duty as lawmakers under Georgia and the U.S. Constitution. 

We are calling on all DeKalb elected and community leaders to stand with the Board in a bipartisan show of support against anti-democratic voter suppression bills, and to join us on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:30 pm at King Memorial MARTA station for a solidarity walk to the Capitol, followed by a brief press conference at the South Wing of the Capitol.

Co-Signed By: 

State Sen. Tonya Anderson 
State Sen. Gloria Butler
State Sen. Gail Davenport 
State Sen. Sally Harrell
State Sen. Kim Jackson
State Sen. Emanuel Jones
State Sen. Elena Parent 
State Rep. Karen Bennett
State Rep. Doreen Carter
State Rep. Viola Davis
State Rep. Karla Drenner
State Rep. Becky Evans
State Rep. Scott Holcomb
State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick
State Rep. Zulma Lopez
State Rep. Billy Mitchell
State Rep. Bee Nguyen 
State Rep. Mary Oliver 
State Rep. Renitta Shannon 
State Rep. Rhonda Taylor 
State Rep. Mike Wilensky 
State Rep. Matthew Wilson
DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Robert Patrick 
DeKalb County District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader
DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson
DeKalb County District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw
DeKalb County District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson 
DeKalb County Super District 6 Commissioner Ted Terry
DeKalb County Super District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson
Brian Mock, Chamblee City Council Member, At Large
Karen Lupton, Chamblee City Council Member, District 3

DeKalb Democrats Policy Committee assembles team

The DeKalb Democrats Policy Committee has created teams to address our priorities for 2021. The teams are listed below:

State budget—Jacinda Jackson, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Abdul Henderson
  • Taylor Pool
  • Luke Rogers
  • Jean-Louis Sankale
  • Otha Thornton
  • Natalie Towns

Redistricting—Karen McCown, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Jay Harrell
  • Janet Grant

Voting rights—Susan McWeathy, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Jay Harrell
  • Abdul Henderson
  • Nancy Larson
  • Brandi Wyche

Board of Elections—Janet Grant, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Karen Mixon
  • Karen McCown
  • Brandi Wyche
  • Clare Schexnyder

DeKalb Democrats Reelect Chair and Elect New Officers

DeKalb Democrats Reelect Chair and Elect New Officers

The DeKalb County Democratic Committee held elections on Thursday, January 14, 2021 for officers and vacant state committee seats. We are proud to have re-elected John Jackson as Chair, who currently serves as the Chair of the Veterans Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia and has served as Deputy Director of Veterans, Military and National Security for Senator-elect Raphael Warnock’s campaign. Other re-elected officers include Karen Mixon as First Vice Chair, Karen Davenport as Second Vice Chair and Andrew Heaton, Treasurer. New officers elected include Gloria Moore as Third Vice Chair and Alisa Hamilton as Secretary.

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DeKalb Democrats Denounce Outside Partisan Attack Against DeKalb’s Right to Vote

DeKalb Democrats Denounce Outside Partisan Attack Against DeKalb’s Right to Vote

The DeKalb County Democratic Committee is pleased to know that the DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections has upheld the principles of democracy by rejecting the partisan attack on the eligibility of DeKalb voters.

On Tuesday, December 22, the Republican Party and a Texas-based group called “True the Vote” wasted DeKalb taxpayers’ time and resources by challenging the eligibility of over 50,000 DeKalb citizens to vote in next month’s U.S. Senate runoffs. This is another blatant attack on our democracy by Republicans who do not reside in our state and Republican leaders who refuse to condemn these attacks.

Democrat or Republican, DeKalb voters should be free to exercise their right to vote without fear of losing it due to unscrupulous attacks.

DeKalb County Democrats Condemn Violence and Ask Republicans to Join Them

The DeKalb County Democratic Committee is calling on elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, to condemn violence. We condemn the death threats and threats of sexual violence targeted at State Senator, Elena Parent (D-Decatur) for publicly questioning President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud on Thursday, December 3rd. State Senator Parent’s has had her phone and home address released, causing her to request police protection.

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