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Human error results in more than 1,000 missed absentee ballots in metro Atlanta ahead of deadline

Human error results in more than 1,000 missed absentee ballots in metro Atlanta ahead of deadline

More than 1,000 residents in metro Atlanta, Georgia, never received the requested absentee ballots, city officials say.

Cobb County election officials investigated and found that 1,046 had requested a leave of absence ballots were never mailed.

Director of Elections and Registration Janine Eveler attributed the situation to human error, as new staff did not follow procedures to ensure ballots were mailed.

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Cobb County officials said an investigation revealed more than 1,000 absentee ballots were never mailed to voters.

Cobb County officials said an investigation revealed more than 1,000 absentee ballots were never mailed to voters.
(Cobb County)

“I’m very disappointed that we’ve put these voters in a position where they may not have the opportunity to give their input.” of ballots in this general electionCobb County Board of Elections Chairwoman Tori Silas said in a press release.

Election officials will attempt to contact voters by email or phone to inform them of the situation and direct them to their polling place on Election Day.

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To further correct the mishap, staff overnight mailed absentee ballots to 83 out-of-state addresses and included prepaid overnight return envelopes. They already voted for 194 residents of that group overnight who asked for ballots.

A worker with the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections works to process absentee ballots at State Farm Arena on Monday in Atlanta.

A worker with the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections works to process absentee ballots at State Farm Arena on Monday in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

With only 3 days until election day, we are limited in what we can do. That being the case, we are taking every possible step, regardless of those restrictions, to ensure that these voters have the opportunity to vote.” Silas added. “After this election, I will join other members of the Board of Elections to oversee a review of the process absentee ballots and working with Ms. Eveler and her staff to improve the county’s absentee ballot process to reduce the likelihood of this type of error occurring in the future.”

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