Yesterday Susan Opraseuth, a District 6 State Committee Member, issued an alert to the entire Republican State Committee, questioning why the organization has yet to comply with the requirements to place Candidates on the Republican ballot in Georgia:
Dear Fellow State Committee “Members,”
As Georgia Law and Corporate Chairman Josh McKoon reminds us in this video below, we, the 188 “member” State Committee (not the tiny State Executive Committee), are the governing body under GA Law. As such, we have responsibilities to the delegates who voted for us to protect their rights as members of our political party.
As January 11th fast approaches, so does the final deadline to register our political party through the Election Division of the GA-SoS's office. GA Election Code 21-2-110(f) states:
"A political party, body, or municipal executive committee failing to file a registration statement as required by subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section at least 60 days before any primary or election at which it shall seek to have candidates on the ballot shall not have its name or the names of its candidates placed on any nomination petition, ballot, or ballot label."
Therefore, by law, the Georgia Secretary of State may only grant compliant political parties the ability to submit a list of candidates for emplacement on statewide ballots for primary election, including the March 12, 2024 Presidential Preference Primary.
For almost a decade, both Secretaries of State Kemp/Raffensperger and GAGOP establishment leadership have substituted the GA State Corporate Division records of the private, no member, like-named Georgia Republican Party, Inc. for the Georgia Republican Party. The legal standards of the Corporate and Election Divisions differ substantially. Does election integrity start inside the party or do we hold ourselves to a different standard?
There is no longer any debate that the party needs to be properly registered with the Election Division. Our committee Resolved this issue at our June 8th meeting in Columbus, 7 months ago. To date, no information has come out of the Structure Subcommittee.
The only debate now is the timing. Do we ignore laws regarding ballot access and instead follow a directive from a corporation claiming it needs time to settle a lawsuit before following GA Election Law? Do corporations get to choose when to obey law? The Offices of Secretary of State Kemp, followed by Secretary Raffensperger, have accepted the corporate registration filing of the politicians within the GRP, Inc. in place of the political party registration for almost a decade.
There has been no public challenge to this ongoing issue with our ballot access over the past decade by the Democrats. Is this perhaps because they have been inside the party, satisfied with the progressive weakening and suppression of conservatives and their public interest?
Last corporation question: How can any of us consciously continue soliciting donations for this private, no-member, non-profit corporation that actively intimidates transparency efforts?
State Committee “Members” are elected representatives with responsibility. Will you lead in a way that asserts law and order, or will you follow?
By the numbers, each at-large “member” represents nearly 17,000 Republican voters who are counting on us to ensure that we are READY and REGISTERED to conduct party affairs in the upcoming presidential primary election on March 12. Let’s agree to safeguard our ballot access by ensuring that only a lawful political party can be recognized in Georgia.
Support the Petition Today:
As we know, the June 2023 State Convention Delegation never received the opportunity to vote on new rules or resolutions. They never received a copy of the Party Governance Resolution submitted in April to the State Convention Resolution Committee. Therefore, they, like you, are being contacted to ensure the broadest body of solicited members are informed. It’s time for all to have the chance to weigh in on this last opportunity to bring our beloved Georgia Republican Party back into Election Law compliance before our 2024 elections! The delegation also deserves to know that their State Committee “Members” defend law and order by supporting this petition.
Additionally, I also express concern regarding lack of communication from our Executive Committee. To date, I have not received our June 8th final minutes, nor minutes from August 26. We have no written notice setting forth an agenda for our upcoming January 20th meeting per SR 4.1 - A. We also have no resources nor a fully distributed contact list to allow us time to consciously prepare.
In closing, here is a more detailed FINAL DEADLINE CALL to the State Party:
Susan P. Opraseuth
D6 State Committee “Member”
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, but have worked with complex facets of real estate investment law for over 40 years. I welcome substantive input and/or correction.
Following Ms. Opraseuth's communique, Josh McKoon, CEO of The Georgia Republican Party, Inc. issued the following email:
Many readers will recall that several months ago, during a meeting of the Gwinnett County Republican Party, The Georgia Record requested assistance from Josh McKoon in located and providing access to records regards the Georgia Republican Party (as distinct from the Corporate version known as The Georgia Republican Party, Inc.) After some minutes of discussion McKoon said he would assist to provide the requested documents.
However when contacted to actually provide the document(s) (or access to the documents) John McKoon has failed to reply or provide any documents indicating that The Georgia Republican "Party" even still exists.
The Georgia Record also notes that his email in response to Ms. Opraseuth provides no direct answer(s) to her concerns but instead seems to direct the reader to other areas.