Georgia Georgia’s first black election official resigns National Government and Political Affairs

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  Georgia Georgia's first black election official resigns  National Government and Political Affairs

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.

In her Jan. 5 resignation letter, Watson cited “the demands of an excessive workload” and “rapidly changing elections laws, policies, and procedures” as “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.”

Story Highlights

  • 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, citing the stress of the position. Board of Elections Chairman Darius Maynard said the board accepted her resignation on Friday.

  • “I’m just sorry we had to get to this point with the climate we’re in,” Maynard said.