Citing SB 202 Concerns, Dougherty County Votes Against Expanding Early Voting Hours
Yesterday, the Dougherty County Board of Elections held a meeting to consider an expansion of hours for the final days of early voting — the majority of the board voted against expanding hours. The County Attorney strongly recommended that board members vote against expanding voting hours, citing several factors, among them concerns over a state takeover of the local elections board made possible by Gov. Brian Kemp’s voter suppression law, SB 202.
The meeting came after a request by local community leaders to expand early voting hours to 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, to ensure working Georgians who can’t make it to the polls by 5:00 PM could have the opportunity to cast their ballots early and avoid the long lines on Election Day.
Dougherty County has the third-lowest turnout rate among all 159 counties, with just 15% of voters turning out to vote early as compared to the statewide average of 24.4%.
Dougerty County Attorney Cites SB 202 Takeover Concerns While Advising Board Members to Vote Against Expanding Early Voting Hours:
Dougherty County Attorney: “We’ve got to err on the side of caution here, because the other thing that we now have lingering above us is SB 202, which provides the state board of elections to take over an election board that it deems has performed poorly or in a manner in-compliant with the law. And I can’t imagine that’s the result that folks who are advocating for expanded access would want. So I would strongly recommend against the expanding of voting hours at this point in the game.”
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