So, we’re having an election with voting currently under way. The following concerns were just passed along from Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds via email, and are addressed to the Fulton County Department of Registration And Elections board members:
FCDRE Board Members: On behalf of the Fulton County Republican Party, I would like to express our major concerns regarding the upcoming November 6, 2012, Election.
- We believe there is ample opportunity for voter fraud now and in the future. The voter lists that are now being utilized must be accurate. Inaccuracies are not acceptable.
- There must be a system in place to check the application signatures of 100% of those voting via the Absentee Ballot system.
- We understand at your last BOC meeting, Sharon Mitchell, the Interim Registrations and Elections Director, stated that there are 635,000 registered voters in Fulton County, and the staff believes it will total around 650,000 when the new registrations are processed. Checking with the GIS department, there are approximately 700,000 residents in Fulton County who are 18 and over, and eligible to vote. It seems impossible that we could have over 90% of our residents as registered voters.
We trust the Board will ensure that these and related concerns are addressed to hold a fair election. Sincerely, Roger G. Bonds Chairman
Now, the Fulton County Board of Elections should certainly be allowed to answer for any concerns. Ultimately, it is the constitutional responsibility of the Secretary of State to answer for the security of Georgia’s ballot. Where is he on these concerns? He won’t say.
I personally emailed his office 4 times prior to the primary in July asking about a known problem with voters who are registered at addresses that haven’t existed for years. His spokesperson refused comment, citing an “active investigation.” The investigation has been offically opened since December 29th of 2011. A request for an update this week went unanswered.
That same email asked whether any concerns were raised by a news package from WXIA/11Alive which aired the weekend of October 14th, showing a voter registration drive despite the deadline for the November election being October 9th. Given the recent turmoil in the Fulton County Elections office, I asked what precautions have been taken by the SOS to ensure that Fulton is holding fair elections and not allowing voters who registered after October 9th to be eligible to vote for this election, as the news package stated. Again, No answer.
Senator Vincent Fort has raised questions about a Gun Store allowing those with an “I voted” sticker into a raffle. Like guns or not, it’s clearly illegal as has been noted by Kemp’s predecsssor when companies such as Starbucks offered similar promotions. Where was Secretary Kemp on this? “not available”.
Yes, Fulton County clearly has had problems at the board of elections. As has Brian Kemp. Yet despite Fulton County’s Board of Elections being just a couple of blocks from the Secretary of State’s office, the Secretary can’t get them on the phone.
In the mean time, Kemp tweeted this nice infographic today. I hope that eases your minds.
It’s great that the Fulton GOP has questions regarding how this election is being handled. But I hope they also realize the State’s constitutional officer that oversees elections is one of their own party.