Chatham Board of Registrars Meeting 10/10/2022
Called to order 12:03PM
Pledge of Allegiance
Collin McRae: The purpose of the meeting today is to address voter challenges. For that purpose we have a spreadsheet compiled by the office.
We’ll start by addressing voters registered at P.O. Boxes and commercial addresses, Specifically at 1030 US Highway 80 West
Billy Norse: That address appears to be a store. We tabled the majority of these to give challenged voters time to respond. Some did, Jerome Adams requested a cancellation.
Collin McRae: What did we do with these last time
Billy Norse: We determined they didn’t have enough evidence
Debra Geiger: I make a motion to deny the challenge
Failed for lack of a second
Helen Strahl: I should note that these are not 229 challenges and are 230 challenges not subject to the 90-day prohibition
Katherine: Did you submit any evidence these voters do not live in Chatham
Carry Smith: I did receive a challenge and I updated mine but the board should keep in mind Federal court Majority v. Ben Hill determined challenges like these violated the 90-day prohibition on systemic challenges
Helen Strahl: The purpose of 230 is not to remove voters from the rolls it is to force voters to clean rolls by forcing voters to correct information
Debra Geiger: The SOS also has the function of cleaning rolls
Collin McRae: We should deal with Ms. Smithy now as she actually showed up to the challenge
Motion to deny Carry Smith’s Challenge. Passes unanimously
Helen Strahl: 230 does not remove voters it places them into inactive status
Sabrina: The end result is still for the voter to be removed
Katherine: There is a process for correct info to be added without moving voters to inactive status
Katherine: We need more evidence than what was provided.
Collin McRae: I propose we send out a 30-day confirmation notice. Also, Should we treat P.O. Boxes the same as missing address status
Sabrina: We can’t put them in a 999 status without a signature
Collin McRae: The secretary of state office isn’t providing guidance or opinions
Motion to deny challenges based on P.O. Boxes
National Change of Address Challenges
Collin McRae: There are about 12 of them. With respect to these I’m inclined to defer to the S.O.S. process for cleaning rolls
Ms Strahl withdraws these challenges
178 Voter Registration Applications with no residential address listed
Collin McRae: These people are in 999 status and are not given a ballot when they show up as they haven’t been assigned a precinct. We aren’t removing someone as their registration hasn’t been accepted. As it is they can not vote unless they come in and fix their registration by adding an address, which they can do as they turned in their registrations before the deadline
Motion to deny challenges and send out 30-day confirmation notices.