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Douglas County Board of Elections Meeting 06/10/21

Members present: Myesha Good (chair), Maurice Hurry, Steven Sutton, Robert Proctor

Director: Milton Kidd

Operations report

  1. Training—staff reported the training manual is being updated and plans are being made for training for the upcoming 2021 elections. They are also preparing to hire new staff.
  2. The Douglas County Democratic Party asked that the staff prepare updates related to SB 202. They will start providing them at the next BOE meeting.
  3. Staff will be doing a presentation on best practices in the absentee voting process at a voter registration and election officials conference in August.
  4. They will be using digitized sign boards (like traffic sign boards) before the next elections to provide information on early voting dates, times, and locations.
  5. Staff are verifying the street index with municipal officials, for the next election. When the information is back, they will be update and adjust precinct boundaries. 

New business

M. Kidd read a statement saying in part it was his opinion that new legislation that gives the governor decision making authority previously held by local officials is “an overreach of power.” He was referring to a provision that portable voting equipment can only be used in an emergency. He said that in the past there have weather-related emergencies closing polling places because of power outages or damage to the buildings. To be prepared for future emergencies, they have purchased a mobile voting unit that they will receive on June 14. They will receive training on it then, as well, and he invited the board to attend. 

R. Proctor wanted the minutes to show that the first part of Kidd’s statement was an opinion. M. Good stated the minutes are to make this clear.

Old business

Staff attended the police department’s summer festival to as part of their community outreach and engagement efforts, on June 5. They will also be attending Juneteenth festivities on June 19, at which they will be registering voters, recruiting poll workers, and issuing voter IDs.

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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