Protesters filled the Spalding County Board of Elections' meeting room in October, angered that the board had ruled that early voting on Sunday in the November 2 local government elections.
But this was a five-member board that was completely different from the one that presided over the last election. The majority of the Democratic Alliance of three black women was no more. So is the Black election manager.
Now a white Republican party is in charge of the board - thanks to a bill passed by the Republic of Georgia-led Georgia earlier this year. The new chairman of the Spalding board has confirmed the allegations against former president Donald Trump on social media.
The panel in Spalding, a rural suburb south of Atlanta, is one of the six regional boards that the Republicans have quietly reorganized in recent months under the same regional law. These changes increased the party's ability to elect members of local electoral boards ahead of the crucial mid-year elections in November 2022.
The extraordinary reshuffle follows the passage of Bill 202, which limited access to the national vote and allowed the Republican-electing Board to regulate the regional boards it deems ineffective. The board immediately introduced a review of the performance of the Democratic-leaning Fulton County board, which oversees part of Atlanta.
Georgia's reorganization is part of a Republican national effort to increase electoral control following Trump's voter fraud claims. Republican-led states such as Florida, Texas and Arizona have developed new voter access points this year. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. And some Wisconsin Republicans want to abolish the country's electoral commission and threaten its members with persecution.
Stairs are high in Georgia, last year supporting Democrats for president for the first time since 1992. Its first Democratic Alliance senator Raphael Warnock will be re-elected in 2022, a race that could prove to be crucial to which party controls Congress. Next year's governor's race competes with Republican Brian Kemp and Trump-elected David Perdue in the primary. The winner is likely to face Democrat Stacey Abrams, a voting rights lawyer. Both Warnock and Abrams are Black.
The reorganization of the regional board and the voting restrictions across the country, Democrats and pro-voting groups, mean big changes over decades in Georgia's electoral system. Until 2013, Georgia's elections were under state control to ensure the fair participation of Black voters in the once divided South.
Democrats say Republicans are trying to increase their control over electoral administration activities that should not be involved. That could result in a vote of no confidence, they say, and could give Republicans the power to regulate the issuance of result certificates, as well as the recount and evaluation of contested elections.
"We are talking about the Republican takeover in local affairs," said Saira Draper, director of voter protection for the Georgia Democratic Party.
The Republicans say the changes are aimed at restoring public confidence in the election after many problems during the 2020 elections.
"We want to assure you that we have electoral integrity," said Butch Miller, a 2 Republican in the Georgia Senate, a leading senator for the Senate Bill 202 and a fundraiser for the Lincoln County electoral roll re-election.
In five Georgia states that reorganized the electoral boards - Group, Morgan, Pickens, Stephens and Lincoln - the legislature changed the power to nominate certain or all members of the electoral board to local regional commissions, all of which are controlled by Republicans. Previously, nominations were equally divided between the local Democratic Party and the Republic, sometimes with other local parties governing the nomination process. Purpose of the old system: To ensure a politically equitable or impartial board.