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More than 1,000 absentee ballots were never mailed to Cobb County voters, officials said.

More than 1,000 absentee ballots were never mailed to Cobb County voters, officials said.

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – Cobb County election officials are reviewing the records of more than 1,000 voters.

According to officials, some residents who requested absentee ballots never received them.

Election officials investigated and found that more than a thousand of those thousand ballots were never mailed.

Director of Elections and Records Janine Eveler blamed the situation on human error, as new employees did not follow procedures to ensure that ballots were mailed in two days.

“I am sorry that this office has let these voters down,” Eveler said in a message to the Elections and Registration Commission. โ€œThe average worker has been absent for 80 hours or more per week, and they are exhausted. However, that is not an excuse to make a serious mistake.”

According to election officials, 1,046 requested absentee ballots were never mailed to voters.

“Elections workers mailed absentee ballots to 83 out-of-state addresses and included prepaid return envelopes. They had already thrown out overnight ballots to 194 residents in that group who requested to vote. Records show another 271 residents in that group canceled their ballot requests. that they had and in Advanced Voting. The remaining 498 identified residents are called to vote on the same election day,” he stated in the press release.

Election officials will attempt to contact voters by email or phone to inform them of the situation and direct them to the polls on election day.

“I’m very disappointed that we’ve put these voters in a position where they don’t have the opportunity to vote in this general election,” said Board of Elections Chairman Tori Silas. “While human error was clearly a factor, I believe the reduction in the time it takes to receive and process absentee ballot requests issued under SB202, as well as the turnover at the Elections office, are significant factors.” With only 3 days left until election day, we are limited in what we can do,โ€ Silas continued. “In this way, we are taking all the steps, despite these limitations, so that these voters have the opportunity to vote. After this election, I will join other members of the board of elections to oversee a review of the absentee voting process and work with Ms. Eveler and her staff to improve the county’s voting process to reduce the likelihood of this type of error occurring. the future.”

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