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Georgia Election Officers Help Sink Plan for Vote-Fraud Police

  • Administrators testified against the changes Tuesday
  • Lawmakers responded by dropping the controversial provisions
The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photographer: Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg

Georgia dealt another blow to Republican efforts to rewrite elections laws in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat, stripping provisions from a state bill that would have created a so-called “elections police.” 

The seven Republicans and four Democrats on the state Senate Ethics Committee unanimously agreed to kill measures that would have empowered criminal investigators to independently probe allegations of voter fraud. The panel also removed parts of the bill that would have allowed public inspection of paper ballots and required special seals and new chain-of-custody forms.