Georgia bill could shift power over elections to GOP appointees

ATLANTA — Decisions about Georgia elections, such as vote counting and polling place closures, could be made by appointees of Republican state officials empowered to take over local election operations, according to a bill awaiting final votes. Under the proposal, the Republican-controlled State Election Board would be able to replace struggling county election boards and install new management, with broad authority over elections and results. State takeovers of local election offices could change the outcome of future elections, especially if they’re as hotly contested as last year’s presiden…

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