Tags: 2018 Midterm Elections | democrats | georgia | voter suppression claims | absentee ballot

Democrats Say 4,700 Voter Applications Missing in Georgia

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By    |   Thursday, 25 October 2018 08:23 PM

Georgia Democratic officials say more than 4,700 vote-by-mail applications are missing in DeKalb County, one of the state's most populous and liberal-leaning, The New York Times reported.

County officials acknowledged the missing applications to Democratic voter protection officials, according to the Times — and vowed to call the voters and let them know about the error.

But a spokesman for the DeKalb County elections board would not confirm details of the call, and board chairman Sam Tillman told the Times "there is no evidence that there are any missing or lost absentee ballot request forms."

According to Tillman, out of a list of 4,700 names provided by the Democratic officials, only 48 of the requests had been received. 

Any voters whose applications are missing will have to re-request a ballot or vote in person. 

"Our message to voters is this: If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot from your county and your county did not send you a ballot, go in-person if you are able to an early voting site," Seth Bringman, spokesman for the Democratic party of Georgia, told the Times. "We will not allow [Secretary of State] Brian Kemp's voter suppression or mistakes by election officials to take away your right to vote."

Kemp is holding dual roles as the state's election official and the Republican nominee for governor. His Democratic opponent is Stacey Abrams.

The allegations come after the Associated Press reported Oct. 9 more than 53,000 voter registration applications — 70 percent of them from black voters — are on hold after failing to meet the state's "exact match" law. 

Abrams and voting rights groups blamed Kemp for that hold-up as well.

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More than 4,700 vote-by-mail applications are missing in DeKalb County, one of the state's most populous and liberal-leaning, Georgia Democratic officials say, according to The New York Times.
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