Dougherty Co. elections board denies another voter eligibility challenge

Dougherty voter challenge rejected

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Dougherty County Elections Board has denied another voter eligibility challenge.

In a unanimous vote, the board denied an eligibility challenge of seven voters.

This happened Thursday afternoon during a Special Called Meeting.

The challenge claims seven people moved to the Peach State to vote in Georgia’s Senate Runoff election but had no intentions to permanently stay in the state.

According to Dougherty County paperwork, the seven registered to vote in Dougherty County between Nov. 4-Dec. 7 of this year.

The woman who made the challenge, Tami Pietras, said she’s with the Georgia GOP and there’s more to the challenge and a lot of investigating with attorneys went into the findings.

Tami Pietras filed the challenge.
Tami Pietras filed the challenge. (Source: WALB)

“We found that these people, they actually voted in their home state and then registered to vote here in Dougherty County,” Pietras said.

The board declined the challenge because of “lack of probable cause.”

”It would have to be a particular Facebook posting they had posted saying ‘hey I’m moving to Georgia to go vote’ it would have to be specific to each individual,” Annabelle Stubbs, a board member, said.

Pietras spoke to WALB News 10 after the decision.

“I’m disappointed that they presented it as an evidence hearing,” she said. “So maybe, we’ll revisit this at another time. I will be getting back with my attorney and we’ll look into some different statutes and see if we can challenge this.”

Members with the Albany Dougherty branch of the NAACP were at the meeting and held a press conference afterward on the matter.

“We have deep belief that no one on that list that has been submitted for a challenge has committed voter fraud,” Interim President Amna Farooqi said.

Members of the Albany Dougherty branch of the NAACP were at the meeting and held a press conference afterward on the matter.
Members of the Albany Dougherty branch of the NAACP were at the meeting and held a press conference afterward on the matter. (Source: WALB)

They were pleased with the board’s decision.

“This is voter suppression at it’s core and most strongest,” Farooqui added. “We will continue to fight to protect the right to vote and to fight for justice.”

Special Called Board of Elections Meeting

Special Called Board of Elections Meeting - 12-31-2020

Posted by Dougherty County Georgia Government on Thursday, December 31, 2020

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