Update from Linda Parker Regarding Challenged Voters

FYI Challenged Voters:

Two voters remained on the list of challenged voters for Muscogee County.

One voter had a confirmation notice that she had moved out of the state in 2019. When completing her voter registration form for a challenged ballot, she provided an out-of-state mailing address. Board voted to remove the challenge and allow the ballot to be counted.

One voter was registered in Nevada and in Georgia. She cast a provisional ballot in Nevada for the November 3 General Election. She was issued a challenged ballot in Muscogee for the January 5, 2021 election and when contacted stated she was registered in two states and was not aware that she could not be registered in both. Voter was provided information for challenge hearing and did not submit additional information regarding which state she preferred for voter registration. Board voted to allow the challenge to remain and did not count the challenged
ballot.

Provisional Ballots:
Board voted to accept 216 provisional ballots. Rejected others because voters were registered out of county, cancelled status, or felons.

Ballots in white envelopes:
29 ballots in white envelopes were placed in ballot collection drop boxes during absentee voting.
No identifiers on the ballots to allow for counting of those ballots.

38 ballots were cured using the signature cure affidavit form after election day.

63 military ballots were received after election day but postmarked January 5, 2021.

Lawsuit status:
Lawsuit is still pending against board and unless it is dismissed, attorneys will be required to defend. Hopefully, lawsuit will be dissolved. Otherwise, the Board’s attorney will have to answer because the lawsuit is still pending.

Linda Garrett Parker

  • Member of the Election and Registration Board; Representative of Muscogee County Democratic Committee
  • Former Elected School Board Member in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Chair of Deaconess Ministry at Greater Peace Baptist Church
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated
  • 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Institute Bootcamp, Political Leadership Development Program Attendee in Washington, D.C.
  • Retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Proud Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother
  • Motto: If it’s broke, fix it.

Update from Muscogee County Board of Elections Member Linda Parker for January 3, 2021

FYI New Muscogee County Democratic Committee

U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner has ruled in the case alleging voter registration issues in Muscogee County, Georgia. The previous temporary restraining order has been dissolved and allows the elections office to resume the process of using provisional ballots and adjudicating election challenges. Muscogee County has policies and procedures in place that allow voters to register and vote with ease and confidence, free of voter suppression and fears. Muscogee County will continue doing what we do. To my knowledge, since my appointment to the Board, we have never stopped a citizen from voting. The Board has not removed a single voter nor will a voter be removed because of this challenge.

Nancy Boren interprets and implements voter registration laws and guidelines. Issues, concerns, and complaints are addressed immediately and effectively. Nancy and her staff display exemplary service to the citizens of Muscogee County, Georgia!

This ruling was issued after Nancy Boren testified in court to explain the process to the judge about the four thousand citizen list that Alton Russell, GOP chair, and his gang came up with. I believe the Judge saw that Muscogee County was on point procedurally. We do not suppress anyone from voting and make every effort to make the voting process as easy as possible.

Linda Garrett Parker

  • Member of the Election and Registration Board; Representative of Muscogee County Democratic Committee
  • Former Elected School Board Member in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Chair of Deaconess Ministry at Greater Peace Baptist Church
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated
  • 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Institute Bootcamp, Political Leadership Development Program Attendee in Washington, D.C.
  • Proud Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother
  • Motto: If it’s broke, fix it.

Record Turnout, Vote-by-Mail and More Results from June 9

There was at least one bill which, THANKFULLY, didn’t go through: HB 463, which would have barred the Secretary of State from sending absentee ballot application forms in future elections as was done for the June 9 primary. This bill died before it could get a vote. 

Unfortunately, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has already announced that he doesn’t want to send out another slew of absentee ballot applications for the November 3 general election, and would rather have residents apply through a dedicated website. This ignores the fact that a digital divide still exists here in Georgia, and a great number of voters in both parties don’t have Internet access or even smartphones. This is voter suppression, and it is unacceptable. 

Plus, this is suspect to us Democrats because the total of the March 24 presidential and June 9 combined primary, even while votes are STILL being certified by the Secretary of State’s Office, had the highest primary turnout in over a decade: Georgia Democrats cast at least 1,311,391 total votes, the highest turnout since 2008’s February presidential preference primary, when 1,060,851 votes were cast. This generated a record level of turnout for the Senate Democratic primary, with 1,186,661 votes being cast for the various Senate primary candidates, four times as many voters as the 2016 Senate primary. The primary resulted in a massive shift toward Democratic candidates for county offices in counties like Fayette and Gwinnett.