Randy Evans sent out an email last night regarding several actions taken by the State Elections Board. Of note:
I. Tex McIver has been selected as the Vice Chairman of the State Board of Elections. After discussion regarding the conflicts that the Secretary of State has as an announced candidate for Governor, the State Election Board voted to create the position of Vice Chairman, and then separately voted to select Tex McIver as the Vice Chairman. He will assume the chair on issues where the interests of candidate Cox may be involved as a result of her candidacy or a result of other conflicts. One such example identified was Secretary of State Cathy Cox’s public opposition to the Voter ID bill whereas the State Election Board has supported it. The vote was bipartisan with Secretary of State Cathy Cox voting for both the motion and the selection of Tex McIver.
2. All references to Secretary of State Cathy Cox have been ordered removed from all future printings of pamphlets and educational materials relating to Georgia Election Law. After discussion regarding concerns that use of the Secretary of State’s name (and at times picture) constitutes the use of taxpayer dollars to campaign for office, the State Election Board voted to convert all references to Secretary of State Cathy Cox to the State Election Board without reference to any individual names. This will apply to all future printings, including those to be printed in connection with the 2006 elections. The vote was bipartisan with Secretary of State Cathy Cox voting in favor of the motion.
3. The State Election Board has a new website to provide information relating to elections and election law in Georgia. In the past, this
information has been available exclusively under Secretary of State Cox’s website. As a result, voters will be able to access information
and contact members of the State Election Board. The website will be expanded to eventually be the source for information concerning
elections and election laws in Georgia.