Updated: Jan 27
ATLANTA, GA – Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP, announces he will be resigning from the Bipartisan Elections Task Force for Safe, Secure and Accessible Elections that was convened by Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger.
Rev. Woodall points to the Secretary of State’s statement issued on December 28, responding to a federal decision in which Federal Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner of the Middle District of Georgia issued a Temporary Restraining Order that ensured that voters in Muscogee and Ben Hill Counties would not be removed from voter rolls less than a week before an election.
The Secretary of State has doubled down on using his office to endorse campaigns of disinformation, amplify efforts of partisan attacks while publicly degrading the authenticity of our elections since the very beginning.
In an email to Raffensperger, Rev. Woodall states: "I cannot in good faith continue to work with your office in a nonpartisan fashion if you publicly commit to disenfranchising thousands of eligible voters on a purely partisan basis and continue to use your office as a way to push conspiracy theories that place Georgia residents in harm’s way. Your latest actions are troubling to say the least and put the work of the Task Force in jeopardy, as the spirit in which we were convened has seemingly disappeared due to political pressure."
The Georgia SOS in its use of taxpayer dollars to continue its endorsement of voter suppression organizations and conspiracies that promote partisan activity shows "a poor faith intent to bring a consensus to safe, secure and accessible election in these tumultuous times and Georgia’s history." Rev. Woodall concludes.
### About Georgia NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.