Fannin County Board of Registration and Elections sets date to inspect voting precincts

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – The Fannin County Board of Registration and Elections are set to inspect the county’s voting precincts.

At the Nov. 6 meeting, board members set a tentative date to begin inspection of the voting precincts throughout the county. These inspections are conducted regularly to ensure the buildings are ready for voters during an election season.

New TSX touch-screen voting machines received by Fannin County.

The Mobile precinct is in need of having hand rails replaced and the handicapped parking spaces repainted. There are currently nine precincts in the county that are due for inspection.

Fannin County received 143 new applications to become a registered voter in the month of October. Many of these applications were due to the recent city of Blue Ridge election.

Vice Chairperson Mary Ann Conner explained that there are still new registrations to add: “The new applications, the cut off for that was October 10 because of the Blue Ridge City election. We’re still adding the ones in the county.”

After receiving new touch-screen voting machines, Fannin County listed the older machines for other counties within the state to claim for use. The older machines were state-issued to the county and had been in use since 2002.

These machines were offered to Georgia counties at no cost. Board Member Wanda Collins explained, “These were state-issued machines. We didn’t pay for them.”

DeKalb County has contacted the Board of Registration and Elections expressing that they would have a need for the machines in their county. Kennesaw State University (KSU) must test and certify the machines before they can be moved to DeKalb County.

There is currently a wait to have this process completed. Conner said, “The state has got them on hold. They’re not letting (KSU) do any testing. So right now, we’re keeping them here with us until then.”

KSU is expected to resume testing early in 2018. Conner went on to say, “Once they get them tested, then we can notify DeKalb county, and they will come pick them up.” There is a total of 71 TS Machines from Fannin County to be tested and certified.

 

 

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Fannin County Receives New Electronic Voting Machines

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Registration and Elections recently received a shipment of 72 TSX machines.

These new electronic voting machines are an upgrade from the county’s previous machines that have been in use since 2002. The old TS machines will be evaluated by Kennesaw State University (KSU) for defects and need for repairs.

After KSU’s examination, the county can then offer the old machines to be used in other Georgia counties. Fannin County will not be able to sell these machines.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Registration and Elections, Mary Ann Conner, Wanda Collins

Fannin County received 72 new TSX machines.

Wanda Collins explains, “These were State issued machines. We didn’t pay for them.”

Because of this state issuing at no charge, Fannin County must offer the old TS machines to counties within the state for no monetary exchange.

The county also had an immense task in the months of August and September with the removal of 1,861 registered voters from the County’s database. The vast majority of these removals came from a state notification of inactive voters.

The state notifies the Registration and Election Department when a registered voter has not participated in two General Elections. This inaction requires the voter to be deleted from the county and state databases, and they must register again to vote in further elections.

Fannin County keeps paper files of these voter deletions. With the constant addition of files, through deletion or registration, the Department of Registration and Elections was in need of more storage space.

The files require a specialized filing cabinet and the department had been looking to purchase these additional cabinets. The cost of new a single new cabinet could range from $1,100 to $1,600.

Vice Chairperson Mary Ann Conner, however, diligently searched and was able to locate one of these specialized filing cabinets for free.
The cabinet, which was donated from Paulding County, has been delivered to Fannin County and is already in use.

“We were able to save the county at least $1,100.00,” Conner stated.

 

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