There are plenty of hoops to jump through before that can happen, though. In order to remove and replace a superintendent, the performance review board would have to find that the superintendent violated Georgia elections law three times in the last two general election cycles, or “demonstrated nonfeasance, malfeasance, or gross negligence in the administration of the elections for at least two elections in a two-year period,” the bill reads.
“No one wants to take over a county election board. But when you have a situation that’s gone on for 25 years, at some point, people say enough is enough,” Raffensperger said. “The rest of the state is getting frustrated. So are Fulton County residents. They want the results. They want them accurate. They want them on time.”
Raffensperger did note that a takeover would be a “nonpartisan” and “methodical” process, and “it probably wouldn’t happen before 2022.”
“And so that would be something that the state election board would consider, perhaps, doing an investigation — a thorough investigation, bipartisan, nonpartisan, you want to make sure you do it with a methodical process,” Raffensperger said. “If you really look at the structure of SB 202. I think that’s what you’ll find. It supports a very methodical, careful, measured response.”