Voting issues gain attention in Georgia

CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — A federal judge says Georgia election officials must stop rejecting absentee ballots, because of a mismatched signature.

They now have to give voters a chance to fix the problem.

Some Georgia voters are heading to the polls to vote early, while others are sending in absentee ballots.

In Catoosa County, Rickey Kittle, the election board chairman, says they had to reject 15 absentee ballots.

“Some people just failed to sign their ballot. So we can verify that is who voted, that is what we do. We actually pull the registration card up, we look at it and make sure the signatures match. And normally that is what happens, people just don’t follow instructions,” Kittle said.

On Wednesday, a federal judge decided in Georgia absentee ballots can’t be rejected because of a mismatched signature without first giving voters a chance to fix the problem.

In the Governor’s race, topics of discussion have been this voting issue and others like pending voter registration.

In Walker County, there are 40 cases. Danielle Montgomery, the election supervisor, says that’s normal.

“Maybe when they registered to vote they registered as Jim Smith and their name is James Smith, so when it compared to drivers license services or to social security administration it flagged it because his name is James. So all they have to do is bring their photo ID and we will make the connection and they will be allowed to vote as well,” Montgomery said.

Another reason for voter registration being held up, is age.

“Some of them will be 17 and a half year olds which are not eligible yet, but you can register at 17 and a half, so we will have about 20 or 30 of those that are pending,” Kittle said.

The federal judge says election officials will have until noon on Thursday to comment if they think her absentee ballot order is confusing or unworkable.

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