Federal Judge Rules On Absentee Ballots




For Immediate Release CONTACT: Candice Broce
November 15, 2018 (404) 656-4269
BASED ON FEDERAL ORDER, COUNTIES MUST COUNT ABSENTEE BALLOTS PREVIOUSLY REJECTED FOR MISSING OR INCORRECT DATE OF BIRTH
ATLANTA – On November 14, 2018, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones issued an order directing Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to ensure that each Georgia county’s certified election results include the counts for absentee ballots where the date of birth was omitted or incorrect.

To comply with this order, the Secretary of State’s office has issued an official election bulletin to county election superintendents and registrars to take the following actions immediately:

  • Review each rejected absentee ballot to ensure that none were rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth on the absentee ballot oath envelope.
  • If any absentee by mail ballot was rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth, count the ballot unless the voter cast a subsequent absentee ballot or voted on Election Day.
  • If a county’s vote totals change after this review, re-certify the election results with the updated totals and forward the new certification to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Following this review, complete a confirmation form indicating that there were no changes to the county’s election results or, if there were changes, indicating that any absentee ballots previously rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth have been added to the certified results.
  • Return this completed confirmation form to the Secretary of State’s office no later than 5 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018.

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