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Georgia school official bragged about using school records to sign up new voters

An administrator at an Atlanta Christian school bragged on Facebook about using school records to identify students who were old enough to vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2020 Georgia Senate runoffs.

A screenshot of the comment was shared online last week with the Westminster School administrator's name redacted and was made in the lead-up to the Jan. 5, 2021, Georgia Senate runoffs, which were won by Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and established Democratic control of the U.S. Senate.

"We got the current seniors registered, so we just need to sweep for any late birthdays," the administrator said in response to a comment from another user that said, "We need to get the seniors who will be 18 on Jan 5 registered to vote now! How do we go about that? All hands on deck for Ossoff and Warnock!"


The Washington Examiner has verified that the administrator is currently employed by Westminster School.

Mary Miller, a private school advocacy associate at parent activist organization Parents Defending Education, said the comments raised concerns about Westminster's status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, as well as "the judgment and priorities of the school’s administrators, and the political climate at the school."

"It is inappropriate for schools to access private student records for extracurricular intent, and it is expressly forbidden for them to engage in partisan political activities. Parents want Westminster to stick to its founding mission and focus on academic excellence and Christian-based principles and keep politics out of the classroom.”

Following the runoff election last year, Republican lawmakers in the state passed a new election law aimed at tightening voter integrity in the state that was blasted by the Biden administration and liberal pundits as a return to Jim Crow-era restrictions aimed to undercut and limit black voter participation. The law prompted a boycott of the state by several corporations, including Major League Baseball, which moved its annual All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, Colorado, in response.

Republicans have defended the law as having no racial impact and a necessary measure to ensure election integrity in the state.


Westminster School did not respond to a request for comment.