Georgia Democrats seek additional time for voters to correct rejected ballots
Jun 17 2020
Democratic primary voters in Monroe County have not one ballot, but two - and sometimes three - to fill out, whether at polling sites or through absentee voting. State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins had instructed county election administrators the week before that "until we provide further instructions, do not send out any absentee applications". They can also be found at libraries, government offices and high schools.
Meanwhile, state officials are appealing the chancellor's original June 4 ruling on mail-in ballots as time runs out before early voting begins on July 17 for the August 6 state and federal primaries. Early voting polls will be closed on July 3rd and 4th. Ahead of that date, the commission said it would be helping Richland County train poll managers, test and deploy voting equipment and run through election day operations.
Gov. Greg Abbott extended the early voting period in an effort to decrease crowed lines at polling locations. "Moreover, to the extent third parties advise voters to apply for a ballot by mail for reasons not authorized by the Election Code, those third parties could be subject to criminal sanctions". "You also have the option to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day".
A protest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, is expected to bring participants together outside the DeltaPlex Arena in Walker to burn their absentee ballot applications, according to a Facebook event.
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That evening, the group of candidates issued a prepared statement reminding voters to ask for both ballots.
Callanen expects turnout for the July 14 runoffs to amount to only 2 to 5% of the county's 1 million registered voters.
"Keep on the lookout for these official ballots and don't throw your vote away", said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. Fayette County, which will have roughly 432 appointments between June 8 and June 22, is giving priority to appointments for people with disabilities who can not fill out a mail-in ballot.