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Nov. 18 - Secretary Kemp Releases Statement; Heightens Elections Oversight with Increasing Presence in Savannah

Category: Local Govts & Politics

By Caila Brown, Digital Editor, Savannah Business Journal
 

November 18, 2015 - After receiving multiple complaints regarding the conduct of elections in Savannah on Nov. 3, the Secretary of State's office is taking precautions to ensure each voter has their ballot properly cast and counted on Dec. 1. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp cancelled his planned press conference on Nov. 18 at Armstrong State University, but released the following statement regarding the Dec. 1 municipal election runoff in Savannah.

“As Georgia’s chief elections official, I want to ensure every voter gets their opportunity to vote in a secure, accessible, and fair election on Dec. 1,” said Kemp on Wednesday. “My office will have boots on the ground during early voting and on Election Day.”

Kemp explained that the office’s increased presence will allow investigators to deploy immediately to any location with alleged election code violations. Secretary of State Investigators will be monitoring early voting sites, as well as Election Day precincts and the tabulation process. By also adding more eyes to the process, Kemp notes that will ensure voters’ confidence in the process.

Kemp explained that the investigators from his office are P.O.S.T. Certified, law enforcement officers who regularly investigate election irregularities. Based on the numerous allegations his office received, Kemp launched an investigation into Savannah’s November 3 municipal election. The findings of that investigation, once completed, will be presented to the State Election Board, a nonpartisan body that oversees Georgia elections, for consideration of further prosecution.

 “By deploying additional personnel to Savannah, my hope is that no additional cases will be added for Chatham County this election cycle.” 

If any voter suspects wrongdoing at the polls during early voting or on Election Day, they can call the Secretary of State’s Stop Voter Fraud Hotline at (877) 725-9797 or fill out a complaint form on the Secretary of State’s Stop Voter Fraud Website: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/stop_voter_fraud.

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