Election 2020, Politics

Georgia Attorney Explains Why County Election Issues Must Be Investigated

A new state-issued voting machine, used for the Georgia's primary election Tuesday, is seen in Atlanta.
A new state-issued voting machine, used for the Georgia's primary election Tuesday, is seen in Atlanta.
Credit Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Machine failures, long lines and the delayed opening of polling locations are just a few of the challenges many Georgia voters experienced at the polls on Tuesday.

The botched election is causing a divide between state and local officials, many pinning the blame on each other.

Jake Evans is an attorney and chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association's Georgia chapter. Evans joins “Closer Look” to share his take on the election.
Jake Evans is an attorney and chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association’s Georgia chapter. Evans joins “Closer Look” to share his take on the election.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that he was launching an investigation into how Fulton and DeKalb counties handled the process.

Last night, Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron said that he and his team are working together to make sure the election in November is smoother and that Raffensperger can’t wash his hand from the issues that happened at the polls.

Jake Evans, who is an attorney and chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association’s Georgia chapter, says the state of Georgia has 159 counties, and each county has its own election board that supervises how elections are handled on a micro-level.

“I know that the secretary of state’s office has worked tirelessly in preparing for this election,” explained Evans.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Evan’s told the show’s host, Rose Scott, that he studies election law and that he supports Raffensperger’s decision to launch an investigation.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, there was no malice intent,” said Evans. “There was no political target on either of these counties. I think the investigations will show that. I believe the investigations will show what the real issues are.”

Guest:

Jake Evans, attorney and chair of the Republican National Lawyer Association’s Georgia chapter.

To listen to the full conversation, please click the audio player above.

 

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