A court extended the absentee ballot return deadline Monday for some Cobb County, Georgia, voters after the county’s election board failed to send out more than 1,000 ballots on time.
The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration had not sent absentee ballots to hundreds of voters who asked for them weeks earlier, despite a state legal requirement to do so within three days of processing an absentee ballot application, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Dechert LLP’s said in a lawsuit. The Cobb County Superior Court extended the absentee ballot receipt deadline to Nov. 14 for all affected voters, which is also when uniformed and overseas voters’ ballots are due, according to a consent order.
Some Cobb County voters who requested absentee ballots have voted by other means, and the board mailed ballots to some of the still affected voters overnight, according to the court. It ordered that replacement absentee ballots be overnighted to still affected voters who had not yet been sent one.
“This is an important result for these Cobb County voters, who through no fault of their own did not receive the absentee ballots to which they were legally entitled,” ACLU staff attorney Jonathan Topaz said. “We will fight to ensure that this agreement is fully enforced and that these voters have the opportunity to exercise their fundamental right to vote in the November election.”
Cobb County Elections and Registrations Director Janine Eveler had blamed the issue on new staff failing to follow procedures, according to Fox 5. “Many of the absentee staff have been averaging 80 or more hours per week, and they are exhausted. Still, that is no excuse for such a critical error,” she said.
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— ACLU (@ACLU) November 7, 2022
The ACLU had associated the election board’s conduct with Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021, which imposes an ID requirement for obtaining an absentee ballot.
“There is a direct correlation between the state’s sweeping anti-voter law, S.B. 202, and Cobb County’s failure to get over a thousand registered voters their absentee ballots,” ACLU of Georgia Senior Voting Rights Attorney Rahul Garabadu argued.
Despite the ACLU’s claims, Georgians cast votes in record numbers during the first three days of early voting in the state, with more than 38,000 reportedly submitting absentee ballots by Oct. 20, the Office of Georgia’s secretary of State reported.
Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock trailed Republican challenger Herschel Walker by about 3.2% in a Trafalgar poll released Monday. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp registered a more than eight-point lead over Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams.
The demonrat steal is already starting
No, no, no. Today is election day, not until some fool decides otherwise. Heads should roll! Clean the whole department out and start over. Unacceptable.
@Nancy, More than one GA ‘department’ needs cleaning out for sure. RINO SOS Raffensperger running against a fascist is a lose/lose for GA, RINO Kemp running against fascist Abrams another loss. There just isn’t a good choice. GA needs some new, true Patriots to rise above the swamp water and run against the current RINO vs. fascist options.
Funny how Cobb County is the largest county in Georgia, and it will determine whether or not Rafael Warnock wins the governor’s race!!! We are being cheated ag as again it seems.
In my comment above, I meant the Senate, not governor.
Let’s see Democrat communist pig districts in every state with the majority of Voters being black entitlement anti-American anti-white Democrat programmed bribed and paid for Democrat fake racist Plantation Slave voters of course they’re privilege and got to have the polls open longer so they can go home get a free meal from the Democratic Communist party and then come back and vote again later that’s how it worked in Chicago when they were busing blacks from Chicago to Milwaukee to vote again in the last 2020 election you can follow the buses from Chicago to Milwaukee take pictures and the scumbags still denied that they cheated and rigged the election it’s time to treat voter fraud people like child molesters and secretly allow them to have a misfortunate Clinton epstein-style accident, white people need to start acting like black Democrat racist entitlement voters and watch how fast the numbers of their voters go down not just at The Ballot Box but also in all crime, along with every other demonic sick Behavior that’s preached and programmed by the Democrat demonic party of pedophile Antichrist demon party