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Lumpkin County Board of Elections Meeting 12/17/19

In attendance: 

From BoE: 

Ashley Peck (Elections Supervisor): present, presiding 

Jim Lovell (R): present 

John Webb (D): present 

Dottie Krull (R): present 

Sallie Sorohan (D): present 

From the Public: 

Judy Kreps, Dahlonega 


– Past BoE meeting minutes are posted on Lumpkin County Gov’t website: 

– Meeting agenda posted here: 

Key Issues Arising: 

– Carryover from November: Elections Office remains uninformed by SoS on: 1) when new machines will arrive;  

2) which backup battery systems will be used; and  

3) when they will be able to complete their own training so they can then train poll  workers 

– BoE voted to have only 1 Saturday for Early Voting in Nov 2020 election due to conflict  with local festival 

Meeting summary key points: 

– BoE discussed voting hours for Early Voting for upcoming 2020 elections (March primary,  May local, July runoff (if needed), and Nov presidential)  

– One of the Early Voting Saturdays, 10/17/2020, is a MAJOR festival in Dahlonega – Gold  Rush – and due to large crowds and lack of access to EO (Early Voting location) during  festival; BoE was in agreement to cancel that day without replacement for Early Voting 

– Ms. Peck explained that Saturdays during Early Voting received more traffic than  “extended hours” during the weekday; BoE did not appear to take this into account – BoE was moving to a vote/consensus on approving single Saturday for Nov 2020 election  when Public interjected by suggesting consideration of: 

o Sunday voting and/or 

o Extending voting hours on Sat to open at 8 am to be consistent with start time of  weekday Early Voting 

– BoE voted to exclude Sat 17 Oct without replacement from Early and also refused to  consider Sunday voting or extending hours of Sat voting 

– Meeting was about to adjourn without any consideration or discussion of  availability/arrival of new machines – until Public Comment, below 

Public Comment results: 

o BoE apparently unaware of delay until “early Feb” for arrival of new machines o Updated allocation formula was provided to “take hardship off” counties,  according to Ms. Peck based on GAVREO conf 

o No notification yet to EO of which battery backup will be selected by SoS; Ms.  Peck feels confident that they will make decision soon and that Lumpkin Co will  have time to rewire polling place, if needed 

o All present agreed (with laughter) that there was no backup plan provided by SoS o BoE members unaware that there were problems with new machines in pilot  testing 

– End of Meeting.

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