“Someone will be injured, someone will be shot, someone will be killed,” warned Gabriel Sterling. “Show your size. Step in, tell your followers: don’t be violent. “
Sterling is an Atlanta electoral officer, a silver-haired bureaucrat. He actually works behind the scenes, making sure that the voting machines work, that no vote is lost. A routine job.
But in early December, Sterling stepped in front of the television cameras in the marble foyer of the Georgia State Capitol, trembling with anger. His voice echoed through the hall, his hands clutched the desk. “It’s all going too far,” he shouted. “It has to stop!”
Sterling is a longtime Republican, he voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. But his incendiary speech was addressed to none other than the outgoing US President: Please let us continue voting in peace.
Because the southern state is still not through with voting. His two seats in the US Senate remain open as no candidate cracked the 50 percent hurdle in November, neither the Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue nor their challengers, the Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.