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Georgia’s first Black elections chief resigns

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A central Georgia county is scrambling to find a new elections supervisor with only months to go before voting for governor and other state and congressional leaders.The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections’ first Black elections supervisor, Jeanetta Watson, has resigned effective Jan. 21 after serving for a decade in the role,…

MACON (Ga.) — With only months before the election, a central Georgia county is trying to find a new elections supervisor.

Jeanetta Watson, the first Black election supervisor in Macon-Bibb County, has resigned effective January 21. She had served the position for a decade and was concerned about the stress of the job. Darius Maynard, Chairman of the Board of Elections, said that the board had accepted Jeanetta Watson’s resignation on Friday.

He acknowledged the difficulties of running the office in recent years, which included navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, new voting systems, the aftermath of the tumultuous 2020 presidential election and contentious U.S. Senate run-offs, The Telegraph reported.

” I’m sorry that we had to reach this point in the current climate,” Maynard stated.

In her January 5 resignation letter, Watson stated that “the demands of a excessive workload” and the “rapidly changing election laws, policies and procedures” were “overwhelmingly stressful.” So much so, that I find it extremely hard to disconnect during non-work hours, and it has taken a toll on my mental health.”

Watson said she was leaving this work altogether: “Because I have decided to take advantage of an alternative career, unfortunately, I will not be able to assist with the transition of a new supervisor. I pray that our office will continue to provide strong leadership and success.”

Board of Elections at-large member Mike Kaplan said Friday was a “sad day for our country and especially Macon-Bibb

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