Elections Board Recap: After SEB Meeting, Secretary of State Doubles Down On Refusal To Mail Out Absentee Ballots

July 1, 2020

ATLANTA – Today, in the first meeting of the State Elections Board since Georgia’s chaotic June 9th primary, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed that instead of taking concrete actions to rectify Georgia’s election failures before November, his office will not be sending out absentee ballot applications to all active registered voters like he did in June. 

DPG spokeswoman Maggie Chambers released the following statement:

“What we saw today was malpractice on the part of the Secretary of State: instead of doing his job and taking concrete steps to do more to prevent the problems we saw in our primary election from happening in November, he is doing less. Mailing absentee ballot applications to all active registered voters this spring was the right thing to do for public health and our democracy. But now that it’s clear that the program worked with record voter turnout, the Secretary of State and Georgia Republicans are backing down, at the expense of voters’ health.

Thanks to the failures of Brian Kemp, this pandemic is not going anywhere soon — we are outraged that the Secretary of State is joining his colleagues in making this crisis even worse for Georgians and our democracy.”


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