FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The Republican National Committee trained Georgia Republican volunteers to register and mobilize voters during the GOP’s National Week of Training and spotlighted their ongoing efforts to ensure election integrity.
For Republicans statewide and in Forsyth County, the push to prepare for the next elections is vital. “We are an open tent party. We want people to join us and join our cause,” said Republican National Committeeman Jason Thompson. Bobby Donnelly started volunteering in Forsyth County in 2017 and became more involved after the 2020 elections. “A lot of people, including myself, feel like the election wasn’t fair, so we want to get involved, and we want to get good, solid Republicans elected,” Donnelly said. He added, “The absentee ballots, there were a lot of issues there. There were some issues with machines. A lot of people felt like they weren’t fair.” “I know there are some problems, because I had two cases myself, one in Fulton County, one in Cobb County,” Thompson said.READ MORE: The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office In Contract With FDOT For Speed Enforcement
They’re setting their sights on the 2021 and 2022 elections. The Republican National Committee recognized National Voter Registration Day on September 28, 2021, but officials say their nationwide volunteer training effort is ongoing. “One of the issues for Republicans, and non-Republicans as well, is election integrity. We want to make sure we have fair and honest elections,” Thompson said. “Election integrity is really important to us, and we want people to be trained, really, all year round.”READ MORE: Atlanta School Renamed For Baseball Legend Hank Aaron
They have particularly voiced concerns about Fulton County elections. “You had blue barriers put up that had to be taken down. They were putting up gates and cages to make people stand behind them and not able to see what’s going on,” said Thompson. Fulton County officials have defended the integrity of their elections and state election officials have defended theirs as well. They performed several audits and determined there was no widespread election fraud and not enough ballots to give former President Donald Trump another term. “We’ve got a good start, but I don’t think we’re by any means finished with the election audits, and I think there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Donnelly.
GOP officials are educating voters and poll watchers on what to look for. “If something’s going on that’s illegal, that they know. If somethings going that might not look right, maybe it’s legal, and they need to know the difference,” said Thompson. “We still need to get every last conservative Republican out to vote in 2022. That’s key, if we’re gonna win this election,” said Donnelly.MORE NEWS: Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates All-Time High Graduation Rate
They hope the ongoing training creates different outcomes at the next elections.