Voter update cards being returned

Published 10:24 pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coming in by the thousands, voter update cards are being returned to the office of Election Commissioners who came before the Board of Supervisors on Monday to request additional workdays for processing the information.

Election Commissioners are allowed to work 50 days a year, four days per month per state statute. Cards were mailed to voters as ruled by the consent decree that evolved from a lawsuit contending bloated voter rolls from the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU).

“Over 8,000 cards were mailed,” said Commissioner Carolyn Rhodes, “and we have to report our progress by January 31.”

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“There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Supervisor Charles Reid. “They have to enter each card and check to see if they voted. It’s going to take some time.”

County attorney Wes Daughdrill stated he would look into whether additional workdays could legally be added at the expense of the county for the commissioners. “I believe the job does not have to be completed by January 31, but a report will have to be made as to where we are by then.”