Black poll workers and voters threatened with violence in Georgia

Black poll workers and voters threatened with violence in Georgia
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Black election volunteers testify to a substantial upsurge in threats of violence as an incessant stream of misinformation from embittered Republicans continues to clog the airwaves.

The constant echoing of “corruption” from White House mouthpieces has had a dangerous residual effect, inspiring extremists to employ various intimidation tactics to dissuade people from casting votes.

The strategy is working to some degree. Officials, volunteers and activists are fearful that overzealous right-wingers’ threats will actualize during the Georgia runoff election on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

“This weekend, I received several calls from pastors and others who have received threats regarding Tuesday’s runoff election,” said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, according to NewsOne. Jackson is the presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District, which encompasses more than 500 churches in the state of Georgia and boasts 90,000 parishioners. He also spearheads “Operation Voter Turnout,” a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to motivate the electorate to register and cast their votes.

Other state officials also have voiced their concerns.

“Fulton County has received multiple bomb threats at polling areas, and this is getting out of hand,” Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, told ABC News. “It’s one thing to have your opinion out there. It’s another to wholesale make up information about voting machines, staffers — the whole nine yards. It’s just, there’s something wrong. There’s something wrong when leadership cannot come down and say threats against election officials are wrong.”

Evoking the Jim Crowism era when voter suppression machinations included violence in the South, White supremacists are smoldering with anger by the record-breaking Black voter turnout in Georgia in 2020.  This latest bit of info about first-time voters from NBC News can’t be of much comfort to them either:

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