After seeing reports of Democrats being required to vote provisionally
in three different polling places (Clyattville, Hahira, and Trinity Baptist Church), I called Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox at 229-671-2850.
She said the problem was in creating the cards for voting, not in the actual voting machines.
A separate machine called an Express Poll creates the cards.
She said it was in the program on the Express Poll machines, which was uploaded improperly. The result was that some people couldn’t get cards.
Meanwhile, people could still vote using provisional ballots.
She says it’s been fixed, and nobody has reported any problems since early this morning.
This is the same thing she told Valdosta Today.
When I told her people had also been reporting that they got a card and found that they were marked as Republican when they asked for a Democratic ballot.
Deb Cox said nobody has reported that to her.
She asks for anybody who sees that or any other voting problems to please
call her office,
If you have any difficulties, ask for a provisional ballot and call that number. Continue reading →
Despite some confusion in the WALB story,
the Lowndes County Board of Elections really is the second in the state to authorize Sunday voting, after a request from the Lowndes County Democratic Committee.
It’s still not clear why the Board of Elections couldn’t afford to keep precincts open,
closing more of them every year.
But after several days of finger pointing
this week, it looks like there will be funding to keep all the current
That’s good news, but if the fix was so easy, why was there ever a problem?
Oldest first, here’s a timeline of highlights.
Back on 10 March 2014,
Deb Cox spoke to the Lowndes County Commission
Board of Elections budget.
I just listened to that video again.
She did ask for more money for poll workers,
and there were comments about how early voting wasn’t revenue-neutral.
But I don’t see that she asked for money to keep precincts open,
or ever mentioned precincts closing.
One precinct off the list for closing, but what about others?
And what’s this about an unannounced change to the date of a
publicly-announced meeting of the Board of Elections?
After several people went to the 8 July 2014 Special Called Board of Elections
Meeting that I found in the VDT Public Notice listings,
and some of them talked to that board and to Lowndes County Commissioners,
apparently somebody listened.
According to Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox to
Lowndes County Democratic Party Elections Chair Dennis Marks 13 July 2014:
Mildred Hunter is not being considered for consolidation. Deb
However, she did not say what other precincts might
still be slated for consolidation.
Maybe changing the precincts every year isn’t such a good idea:
a new report rankings Lowndes County second worst in the state
for voting access.
And it’s not as if nobody has complained about this before.
Lowndes County had the dubious honor of having the highest rate of provisional ballots cast in the state—more than 10 times higher than the state average. The extremely high deviation from the state average on this factor was largely responsible for Lowndes County’s position as one of the worst performers in the state. The report’s findings provide insights that can help officials, policymakers, and advocates better understand voting administration practices that work.
By comparing voter access and experience across Georgia’s counties, officials can determine the best practices for ensuring that citizens have an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process.
This report evaluates the election performance of counties in the 17
states that had the smallest margin of victory between the two
presidential candidates in 2012. This analysis allows us to better
understand how well the election process is working within a state,
and will hopefully encourage state and local officials to consider
how they can improve the voting experience for their citizens.
Many of those provisional ballots could have been because of people confused about Continue reading →
Reporter Kristin Finney speaks with the Deborah Cox, the Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections, about the elections being held Tuesday, Nov. 5. For more information about this year’s elections, please contact the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at (229) 671-2850.
Georgia state officials say the pace for early voting
is slower this year than for previous presidential elections,
but as Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg shows us,
you’d never know it in Lowndes County….
Jessica’s not alone.
In fact, she was joined by a wave of voters of all ages
here in the first week of early voting here in Georgia.
Now they’ve actually
already set an all-time record
here in Lowndes County
for the most votes in the
first two days of a presidential election, with almost three thousand.
This post includes an update on who has qualified
for the end of the day Thursday September 1st from
Deb Cox, Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections;
* indicates incumbent.
This is basically the same as
the list I posted yesterday afternoon, with a few corrections:
the Dasher candidates (except for Post 2) are now correctly marked
as incumbents; Lake Park Mayor candidate Keith Sandlin is listed;
Lake Park and Dasher Council At Large elections are described correctly;
Paul Mulkey has also qualified for Lake Park;
various names are filled out more completely.
This morning’s post is taken from a text document sent by Deb Cox,
so it’s probably more accurate than yesterday’s writing it down from her telling it to me on the telephone.
I called Deb Cox, Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections,
and asked her who has qualified so far.
Here’s the answer, where * indicates incumbent.
This data also pretty much answers the question of why we
keep seeing the same people in office:
because hardly anybody else runs.
If you want to run,
you’ve got the rest of today and tomorrow to do qualify.