Whitfield County Struggles with Staffing Polling Locations and Volume of Absentee Ballot Applications

Whitfield_County_GeorgiaWhitfield County Board of Elections is struggling with staffing polling locations and the volume of absentee ballot applications received by mail. The following includes brief notes taken by a Peanut Gallery volunteer as a public service only. Contact the Whitfield County Board of Elections for questions or official information.

Whitfield County

4-9-20

BOE meeting 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Chair Sparky Kelehear

Carol Byers

Rob Cowan

Registrar Mary Hammontree

Others present include Michelle Kyle, Tom Wade, Andrea Springfield and Rhonda Franks.

Early Voting / Poll Workers during Covid-19 pandemic:

75 percent of our poll workers are elderly, so we may have to train county employees as poll workers.

We may have to consider shortening our early voting period.

We already have 2,500 absentee application forms that have been mailed to us.

Due to the increased amount of absentee ballots, it will probably take all day to count them.

We will probably have another special meeting before our next regularly scheduled meeting.

Anyone needing a voter registration form can still pick one up. We will leave them on a table outside of our office and the guards know to let them inside.

Anyone can drop voter registration or absentee ballot applications in a locked drop box in front of the courthouse.

 

If you would like to volunteer to attend BOE meetings and report the findings to The Peanut Gallery, please contact melanie@newgeorgiaproject.org. Our volunteers assist us in holding BOEs accountable and keeping citizens informed.

 

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