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Douglas County Board of Elections Meeting 04/08/21

Members present: Myesha Good (chair), David Fedack (vice-chair), Robert Proctor, Maurice Hurry, Steven Sutton

Director: Milton Kidd

Office operations report

  1. M. Kidd reported a signature verification project, done by the University of Georgia and Secretary of State’s Office, has begun. They are verifying signatures on the absentee ballot applications.
  2. Kidd reported SB 202 passed in the legislative session. He and his staff have reviewed it and are assessing its impact.
  3. Staff reported voter equipment security testing will begin in each commissioner district. The public will be encouraged to participate. It’s part of a voter outreach and education effort.

M. Good had several questions:  What’s the timeframe? Kidd said they will do one district this month and an additional one each month until completion. How will they market it? Kidd said they will put notices in the paper, on their website, and maybe on the radio. 

       4. Staff reported they are beginning to check, by precinct, if enough voting machines and equipment are available. If a precinct doesn’t meet the standards in SB 202, they will have to split or reconfigure precincts or provide additional equipment. They may have to add five more precincts, but they are early in the process and are waiting for guidance from SOS.                      M. Goode asked about the requirements for adding precincts. Kidd said: 1. They will look at whether they will need to place more machines in the precinct or add another precinct; 2. If there are more than 2,000 voters in a precinct and if they had to wait more than an hour to vote, they will have to split a precinct or add more capacity.

Old business

Staff reported they are beginning renovations for additional space for staff to process absentee ballot requests, handle campaign reports, and ethics reports.

New business

Staff reported they will be doing voter registration and education during community events. Two upcoming events are the Taste of Douglasville on May 15 and the Douglasville Police Festival on June 5. They will have a booth and voting equipment at each event.

Did you know that the public can attend Board of Registration and Elections meetings? 

These meetings are open to the public by Georgia law. Georgia Open Meetings Act.

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