A former congressional candidate in Georgia will host a forum this weekend at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Duluth that will inform Georgia’s voters on how elections are conducted in the Peach State.
Surrea Ivey, who ran for Congress in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, is hosting the event.
According to the EventBrite invite, the forum will answer the following questions:
1. How are elections conducted in GA?
2. What technology is being used?
3. Why are we not winning the fight for Election Integrity and Accountability?
4. What is the Best Way to fight, and what can you do to help?
“Really the way this started is because I ran for office out of frustration,” Ivey told The Georgia Star News. “I am not a politician. I don’t really like the world of politics, but I felt like there is such a lack of common sense in politics and just good, practical decency, that I felt like it was necessary for people to get an option.”
Ivey’s background is in tech, and she seeks to educate 175 registered guests this weekend about operating systems and software that is used in Georgia’s elections, to clarify any lingering misconceptions about exactly what happened during the 2020 election.
“You have a collective of individuals running a very sophisticated software with limited knowledge,” she said. “That is a recipe for a repeat of 2020.”
Ivey says that though she thinks the election in 2020 was manipulated, it did not happen in the way many people think.
“What I felt like was happening in the last 18 to 24 months was a whole lot of passion without wisdom and knowledge” Ivey said. “What [election integrity] requires is people that take their job seriously, understand the ramifications of their actions, and just get it done.”
She is also concerned because of the sanctity and privilege of voting.
“The right to vote dictates the direction of the country,” she said. “If you look at 2020 – and I am a Trump supporter all day long – but if you look at 2020, look what happens when you let a debacle like that occur. Look at where we are now.”
She said this weekend’s event would include a call to action.
“I want to teach people what to do,” she said. “Now that [they’ll] understand what this is, what are the steps you need to take. Here’s how you need to talk. Know who your audience is and understand [that] you can get a lot more accomplished with intellectual conversation than with impassioned anger.”
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