Crawford addresses ad appearance

County Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Commission, Natalie Crawford, addressed the criticism received over her decision to appear alongside former Gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams.  “Make no mistake, I am Republican, and I believe my record speaks for itself,” Crawford states in a press release issued Saturday afternoon.”  Her inclusion in the campaign was enough to raise concerns by many in Habersham county, something that Crawford anticipated.  In an interview on The Morning Dish Friday morning, Crawford stated, “to be very transparent, there was some concern in terms of what the presumptions might be.”  She would go on to say, “if you watch the ad, we make it very clear… we don’t agree on everything, but we do agree on this issue.”

While many agree that election reform is necessary in Georgia, one of the presumptions that arose is that Crawford would be advocating for Abrams’ push for paper ballots, undermining the efforts of Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State John Raffesnberger’s proposed touch screen system that would print off receipts.  Not stating a preference to which system she prefers, Crawford asserts, “for me, what I want is to make sure that we have an auditable process with a paper trail.” 

Bringing the issue close to home, Crawford points out the flaws that have happened in Habersham County recently.  “As you may have heard, on Friday, Senior Judge David Sweat ordered a new election in Georgia’s House District 28 race, noting that four illegal votes were cast in Habersham County during the Dec. 4 Special Primary Election between Dan Gasaway and Chris Erwin.  Habersham County has experienced concerning challenges in the 2016 and 2018 elections and we're not alone, it's happened across Georgia. We cannot collectively neglect the deficiencies plaguing our elections because our voters and poll workers deserve better.”

Full statement below: 

I recently made the decision to join a bipartisan effort to encourage and promote election reform in the state of Georgia. By now, many of you may have seen the video of a joint statement with Georgia Democrat and Atlanta resident Stacey Abrams, scheduled to air in specific Georgia markets during this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Make no mistake, I am Republican, and I believe my record speaks for itself. However, this isn’t a party issue and it’s not about individuals—this is a Georgia issue with widespread bipartisan support for election reform.

Every eligible Georgia voter deserves to have their vote count. Our system is broken—questionable voter rolls; malfunctioning voting machines; rural Georgians traveling long distances to reach their polling location; long lines; absentee ballots that never arrive; and inadequate support for local elections officials.

As you may have heard, on Friday, Senior Judge David Sweat ordered a new election in Georgia’s House District 28 race, noting that four illegal votes were cast in Habersham County during the Dec. 4 Special Primary Election between Dan Gasaway and Chris Erwin.

Habersham County has experienced concerning challenges in the 2016 and 2018 elections and we're not alone, it's happened across Georgia. We cannot collectively neglect the deficiencies plaguing our elections because our voters and poll workers deserve better.

Georgia can and should do better, and working together, we will because voting is the bedrock of our democracy.

Fighting for you and every eligible vote,
Natalie