Two dozen voters struck from rolls by Board of Elections

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 10:32 PM
Last updated 10:55 PM
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The Richmond County Board of Elections voted Monday to strike 24 people from voting rolls, after determining they did not live where they had registered.

After January’s meeting, the board had a list of more than 30 people it intended to challenge because their addresses of record appeared to be vacant lots or businesses. Letters were sent asking each voter to present evidence they lived at a valid address or appear before the board to provide an explanation.

Most of these voters were discovered through an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle, which shared its findings with Bailey, who also found others registered at vacant lots and businesses.

No one appeared at Monday’s meeting, but Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said about 10 people had contacted her office to update their information with a valid address or to ask to be removed from the rolls.

Bailey said the remaining 24 will be removed from voting lists and will have to provide new information if they wish to register again.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/12/13 - 12:49 am
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Voters removed

How could they send letters to voters who gave an address of a vacant lot?

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 02/12/13 - 05:41 am
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Funny
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Funny how this issue is addressed AFTER the presidential election.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/12/13 - 09:32 am
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Where you stay?

Lynn Bailey has exposed a weakness in Georgia's election laws. Apparently the law does say you must register to vote where you reside. But the weakness is that many people reside in more than one place. Some own more than one residence and they spend time in each of them. Since they reside in more than one location, shouldn't they be allowed to vote from each location?

What about the homeless? They should be allowed to vote without providing an address.

Also, I support the sentiment we read in the Chronicle about business owner Dallas Simon. He owns a business in Richmond County, but his residence is in Columbia County. He made an informed decision to register to vote at his business address because he wanted to have some input into the politics that affect his economic bottom line, i.e., his business. That sounds entirely reasonable to me.

Why don't we get rid of this archaic principle of registering by a supposed residence address, and instead register by Social Security number? That way, the Social Security card would be the only acceptable I.D. to produce on election day.

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soapy_725 02/12/13 - 09:57 am
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SS Cards are not to be used for identification.
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This is a joke of course, but it is stated thus. For SS and Tax purposes. So t his must be federal law? Being able to determine where a voter lives is critical to preventing voter fraud. Joseph and Mary had to go to Joseph's town of birth. maybe that would work. Except for those who do not where they were born or who there father may have been.

We live in a world of disorder and chaos that defies logic and laws.

What does Ms. Bailey and her staff do when we they are not holding an election? It took the AC to "open eyes". Had these lists been updates, say annually, they may have been accurate. But who cares?

It is very unlikely that residents living in SC with business in GA are every checked to see if they voted twice. Like the welfare system where individuals receive benefits in multiple counties. But who cares?

I live in NJ but I stays in ARC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/12/13 - 11:52 am
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Struck them 24. Out of how many registered?
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More tax dollars wasted on two dozens potential vote violators. Are we happy yet? What was the per voter cost to do a complete audit? The overtime alone had to be enormous. But Ms. Bailey has done her governmental do diligence. Her employees can sit back and rest until the next meaningless "going to the polls". A very powerful woman.

It is not who votes, but who counts the votes--- Joseph Stalin

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faithson 02/12/13 - 03:46 pm
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whoa, thats pretty good LL

everyone has one of those... gotta beware of big brother though in practice this sure sounds practical.

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allhans 02/12/13 - 05:14 pm
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One man, one vote. You

One man, one vote. You register at your home address. If you are lucky enough to own a vacation home, your address is the property on which you claim a homestead exemption.
As for notifying those who has a bad address, you simply mail it to that address. It should be returned by the P.O. ....
As the old saying goes... "all politics are local".

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