Secretary of State to Clean Voter File by 4%

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office to clean voter file by 4% as required by law, plus the new voting machines are ready for the public to practice on according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

The voter file cleanup will reduce the voter roll by 4%, a move that comes as a requirement by federal and state law to ensure that the state has the most up-to-date voter information.

“Election security is my top priority,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Accurate and up-to-date voter rolls are vital to secure elections, but at the same time I want to ensure that anyone potentially affected by this routine process has notice and opportunity to update their information. That is why my office is releasing the full list to ensure that people who are still eligible voters can update their information.”

A personalized notice will be mailed to the last known address of people this change effects prior to being removed from the voter rolls due to change in address. However, the complete list may be viewed online here: https://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/2019_NGE_List.xlsx

This removal doesn’t just effect those who had a change of address, but also people who have been in “inactive” status for more than three years and had no contact with election officials during that time.

A registration is moved to “inactive” when the person fails to respond to a pre-addressed, postage paid confirmation card asking them to confirm or update their information. This confirmation card is required to be sent to people who have filed a National Change of Address Card with the U.S. Postal Service indicating that they have moved to a new address, had election mail returned as undeliverable, or did not have contact with election officials (including not voting) for three years prior.

If your name is on the above list, you may simply update your registration at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov or by contacting your elections office.

You may also respond to the card mailed to you, but keep in mind that the card will only be sent to your last known address, so this information may not be accurate.

Any registered voter may check their registration information to confirm it is accurate at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

New Voting Machine for Georgia

Additionally, the Fannin County Board of Elections now has their new voting machine up and running for anyone who may want to come by and get practice with it ahead of the upcoming election year!

The Board of Elections may be found on the third floor of the Fannin County Court House (400 W Main St #301, Blue Ridge, GA 30513), Monday – Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM!

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Six counties to use new voting machines before the rest of the state, plus county voter numbers update.

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections shared that six counties within the state will utilize the new voting machines before the rest of the state during their meeting held on Monday, September 1, 2019.

These counties will be Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.

Cobb county will be using a paper ballot system by volunteer decision.

Gilmer county will be using the old machines for their special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to the last-minute nature of the election.

It is still expected that all precincts will utilize the new machines by the president preference election, but no further information has been provided at this time.

As of Saturday, August 31, 2019, there are 19,957 total voters registered for Fannin county, both active and inactive. There were 181 new applications and 65 deletions (45 moved out of county, 4 moved out of state and 16 deceased).

As of Sunday, September 8, 2019, there are 19,992 total registered voters in Fannin County.

A list of 2020 state elections and the voter registration calendar may be found here!

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Secretary of State Issues Statement on New Voting Machines

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In response to the upcoming voting machines being implemented in 2020, the following news has been released by the Georgia Secretary of State:

SECURITY-FOCUSED TECH COMPANY, DOMINION
VOTING TO IMPLEMENT NEW VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT
SYSTEM

Security-Focused Tech Company, Dominion Voting to Implement New Verified Paper Ballot System
(ATLANTA) — After a competitive selection process, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger selects Dominion Voting
Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will start
immediately and be in place and fully operational for the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.
“Elections security is my top priority,” said Raffensperger. “We look forward to working with national and local elections
security experts to institute best practices and continue to safeguard all aspects of physical and cyber-security in an
ever-changing threat environment.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has already partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private
cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning, and cyber-security assessments.
Many Georgia counties have also partnered with DHS to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.
“We are honored to partner with the State of Georgia to deliver a best-in-class system that is fully adaptable to state
needs,” said Dominion CEO John Poulous. “Election officials and voters alike can be assured they are using the most
modern, accessible and security-focused system on the market today, with paper ballots for every vote cast to ease
auditing and ensure confidence in results.”

“As Election Director my job is to make sure every voter has a positive experience,” said Rockdale County Elections
Supervisor, Cynthia Willingham. “We are grateful to the Secretary of State for the new system and will ensure every
voter is able to efficiently and accurately cast their ballot.”

 

According to Mary Ann Conner of the Fannin County Board of Elections, the above information has been published on the Secretary of State’s Website as well.

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