Effingham County Board of Elections and Registrations Official Minutes 08/19/20

Persons attending the meeting and roll call

  • Chairman Tommy Allen
  • Vicechairman Glenda King
  • Secretary Carla Freels
  • Board member Ruth Brown
  • Board member Rose Harvey
  • Assistant director Laura Bassett
  • Tony Chiarelli
  • John Freels
  • Lucy Powell
  • Edis Cope
  • Elections Director Olivia Morgan was not able to attend

Call to Order

  • Chairman Allen called the meeting to order at 9:56 A.M.
  • Board Member Brown led the Invocation and the Pledge was recited.
  • The meeting was properly advertised

Agenda Approval

  • The Agenda was presented, and it was approved as presented to the Board


  • The minutes from the July 13, 2020 Board Meeting were tabled until the next meeting.


  • Chairman Allen called for any names to be presented for a Hearing.
  • Assistant Director Bassett stated that there were no names no the hearing list.

Old Business

  • Assistant Director Bassett have an overview of the runoff election

New Business

  • Assistant Director Bassett asked the Board to consider keeping the Marlow early voting location closed for November due to staffing concerns
  • Secretary Freels made a motion to keep the Elections Office as the only early voting location for November.
  • Board Member Brown gave the second
  • The motion passed unanimously
  • Early voting will be held at the Office location starting October 13, 2020 and run through October 30, 2020 from 8:30AM to 5PM each day.
  • Saturday voting will be held on October 24, 2020 from 9AM to 4PM
  • Certification Paperwork was presented to the Board and all members of the Board signed to certify the August 2020 Runoff Election
  • Some members of the public had questions about changing polling locations as well as cleaning procedures

Board or staff concerns:

  • None

Executive Session

  • None


No further business was required. There was no objection for meeting adjournment. Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 AM. The next board meeting will be scheduled for September 14, 2020 at 9:30 AM.

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