ATLANTA – Today, with little public notice, the State Election Board allowed counties to provide ballot drop boxes for the June 9th primary, while refusing to support counties in this endeavor by providing state funding or additional resources to do so. Ballot drop boxes are secure metal boxes where voters can drop off their vote-by-mail ballots postage free, and without interacting with other individuals.
Democratic Party of Georgia Voter Protection Director Saira Draper issued the following statement:
“Offering counties the option to put up drop boxes for ballots, without providing them the support or resources needed to do so, is an empty gesture by the Secretary of State. Our county elections officials are dealing with unprecedented challenges right now, including processing an unprecedented number of applications to vote by mail and staff shortages.
If counties have the funding and guidance from the Secretary of State to be able to set up drop boxes quickly, drop boxes would alleviate some of the challenges they face now. But without the support of the state, this option is meaningless for many counties, and voters will be the ones who suffer.”
At today’s State Election Board Meeting, the DPG called for the following reforms regarding ballot drop boxes:
August 30, 2023
August 28, 2023
August 23, 2023