Georgia judge rejects bid by Fulton County Republican Party to stop board nomination

 July 10, 2023

Fulton Superior Court Senior Judge Christopher Brasher rejected a request by the Fulton County Republican Party to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Board of Commissioners from filling a seat on the elections board.

In June, the board voted 5-2 to not appoint Jason Frazier, a Republican, to the county's Board of Registration and Elections.

Fulton Republicans allege that Frazier was rejected because of his views, something which would be in violation of county law.

One of the commissioners, Bridget Thorne, who voted for Frazier, stated, "I am not a lawyer, but the actual law uses the words, ‘shall appoint’. From my understanding, the word shall is an imperative command. As commissioners, we should appoint unless the appointee doesn’t meet the qualifications stated in the law i.e., not a Fulton County resident."

Thorne went on to defend Frazier, saying that he had been working to ensure integrity in the county's voter rolls. By all counts, this report indicates that Frazier is the exact person that every county needs to oversee elections.

It seems this situation hasn't been resolved and this decision by Judge Brasher will do little to satisfy Fulton County's Republicans.