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Republican-Led State Senate Plans to Replace State Election Board Chairman Matt Mashburn

Nicole Jordan

The acting chairman of the State Election Board, Matt Mashburn will soon be replaced, sources have told the AP. The Republican-led state Senate intends to appoint a different person to serve as its representative on the board, which handles allegations of fraud and complaints about voting problems. Mashburn, an attorney and Republican Party poll watcher before joining the State Election Board in 2020, opposed opening an inquiry into Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s oversight of Fulton County’s audit of the presidential election.

The board deadlocked 2-2 earlier this month, defeating the proposal. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, the Republican president of the state Senate who has criticized Raffensperger, will play a role in choosing Mashburn’s successor. Jones declined to comment. Both Raffensperger and Jones are potential Republican candidates for governor in 2026, and Jones recently launched an attack ad accusing Raffensperger of going “missing” on elections security. Senate leaders haven’t announced who they will nominate to replace Mashburn during next year’s legislative session.

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