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Georgia Republicans recruit more than 8,000 poll watchers for January 5 runoff

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The memo:

  • Republicans have recruited more than 8,000 poll watchers for Georgia's January 5 runoff election.
  • This is part of 'a historic effort to ensure the upcoming elections are safe and secure.'

Republicans have recruited more than 8,000 poll watchers for Georgia’s January 5 runoff election.

Fox News on Wednesday evening first reported this number, which was confirmed Thursday by the respective campaigns of U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).

The record number of poll watchers is part of what is being hailed as “a historic effort to ensure the upcoming elections are safe and secure.” The effort is also being called “the largest and most aggressive ballot security and voter integrity operation in state history.”

The operation reportedly comes thanks to the collaborative work of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, the Georgia Republican Party and the GOP Senate campaigns.

In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler said, “Georgians deserve total confidence in the fairness and accuracy of our state’s elections, and we’re thankful to the thousands of volunteers who will ensure that these runoffs are safe, secure, and that every legal vote is counted.”

“Georgia Republicans have already mobilized the most robust ground game and poll watching operation in the state’s history and are fully prepared to make certain that the integrity of next week’s elections will not be cast under a shadow of doubt,” the senators continued. “Everything is on the line on Election Day – no Georgian should have to question the outcomes.”

It should be noted that Georgia Republicans made history during the early voting period, as more than 4,000 volunteers served as poll watchers at early vote locations – the Peach State’s largest-ever early vote ballot security operation.

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Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com