The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of threatening emails sent to several Floyd County employees regarding the voting precincts on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Similar threatening emails have been received by other counties around the state of Georgia.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) have been notified and are investigating the matter.
Prior to the threatening emails being sent, the Sheriff’s Office already had devised a plan to provide security for all voting precincts on Election Day. Once the emails were brought to light, Sheriff Dave Roberson says he began working with our other local law enforcement agencies (Rome City Police Department and the Floyd County Police Department) to coordinate a plan for everyone’s safety while the polls are open tomorrow. All voting precincts will have deputies and officers stationed at them on Tuesday.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that it learned of a threatening email that went to several county employees “regarding threats to polling locations on election day.” Employees at several other counties received the same email. The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the threats and said the source of the emails has not been identified. The FBI and the GBI are investigating, and the sheriff’s office said officers from various departments will be stationed at all 40 Cherokee County polling places.
Gabriel Sterling, who has served as the secretary of state’s voting system manager, said he’s aware of a number of potential threats on election day, and law enforcement authorities have been notified. “We encourage everybody to please turn out, be safe, be smart and don’t let anybody get in the way of you casting your vote,” Sterling said. “We are aware of some (threats), but we’re trying to not discuss in too much detail about that while we’re trying to investigate and find out what the actual nature of those threats might be.”