GA Sheriff: Poll Workers Threatened Ahead Of Senate Elections
The FBI and local authorities are investigating a threat of violence made targeting Cherokee County polling places ahead of the Senate runoffs that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.
According to Capt. Jay Baker, director of communications for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office:
“Saturday afternoon, Jan. 2, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office learned of a threatening email that was sent to several Cherokee County employees regarding threats to polling locations on Election Day,” Baker said. “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were notified, and an investigation into the emails began.”
Similar threats have been made to officials in other Georgia counties as well
“There are 40 polling locations in Cherokee County. Prior to the report of the threatening emails, arrangements had already been made to have Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies, Cherokee County marshals, municipal police and Cherokee County School Police officers at every polling station in Cherokee County,” Baker said. “Sheriff Frank Reynolds, along with other law enforcement agencies are working with the Cherokee County Office of Elections and Voter Registration to ensure those voting on Election Day are safe.”
Tuesday’s runoffs feature incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue facing off against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff . If Republicans win at least one of the seats they keep the majority in the Senate. If both Democrats win, seats will be split 50-50 between the parties, leaving incoming Vice President Kamala Harris to break any tie votes.