The above post, from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office before noon on Wednesday was bound to cause issues. Local governments were quick to respond and you can now add Floyd County to that list. Below is a letter from County Commission Chairman Scotty Hancock basically putting the blame right back were it belongs — the secretary’s office. Hancock acknowledges start-up ‘hiccups’ are some Floyd precincts Tuesday but also says the issue is an Atlanta problem that trickled to the local level.
There’s yet another update below Hancock’s letter:
And then update sent after 7 p.m. Wednesday from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger:
“As the Secretary of State, I will continue to work with our county elections boards and directors to train them to properly deliver, install and maintain our voting system. It is clear that some counties continue to not perform. It is the responsibility of the counties to properly deliver and install equipment. It is the responsibility of the counties to properly train its poll workers.
“The Secretary of State’s Office cannot administer elections, every Georgia county is charged with that responsibility. But what is clear from yesterday, is that while almost every county delivered successful elections—a couple did not.
“I am working with the General Assembly to help give the State greater authority to directly intervene and require management changes as well as call for the counties themselves to pay for the remedial action. My office’s POST-certified law enforcement officers will undertake a complete and thorough investigation into what happened in Fulton County, including not just what happened yesterday but also any improperly handled absentee ballot applications.
“We are here to protect every voter. Republicans, Democrats and Independents deserve well run elections. That is why we are proposing to the General Assembly legislation that will enable the state to intervene and look into failing elections offices, when it’s clear there are continued failures.”