Cobb County, Georgia, had 1,036 people who asked for a mail-in ballot but never got it.
A judge in Cobb County, Georgia, on Monday, extended the deadline for some residents to return their mail-in ballots after it was discovered that election officials had failed to send ballots to 1,036 people who had requested them. The judge’s decision came after it was discovered that election officials had failed to send ballots to 1,036 people who had requested them.
After election officials admitted that the mistake was due to human error on their part, some of the voters who were negatively impacted filed a lawsuit over the weekend requesting an extension so that they could vote.
Georgia voters — if you still have your mail-in ballot, remember that you must return them in person.
Hand-deliver your ballot to your county’s Board of Elections office tomorrow or before 7 PM on Election Day. Find the locations and hours here. https://t.co/sYZtefSuOt
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2022
Jonathan Topaz, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement that “this is an important result for these Cobb County voters,” who had been legally entitled to absentee ballots but had not received them for reasons that were not their fault. “This is an important result for these Cobb County voters,” Topaz said.
1,036 voters requested a ballot but were never sent one. Of those voters, around 250 had already cast their vote in person during early voting. According to the lawsuit, many of the others might not be able to use their voting rights if the deadline is not extended.
On Monday, ballots were shipped out using the overnight delivery service provided by UPS. Those voters whose ballots were affected by the error should rest assured that their votes will still be counted as long as the postmark on their ballots is before 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election and arrive no later than November 14.
One of the voters whose ballots were affected by the mistake made by election authorities was a woman named Madison Cook, who is a resident of Cobb County and attends Mississippi State University.
Cook stated to the ACLU Georgia before the deadline was extended, in which he said, “I have done everything I can to stay in contact with Cobb County to figure out where my ballot is, but I was barely able to get through to them until they told me it was too late to mail another ballot.” Cobb County had informed Cook that it was too late to mail another ballot.
In the next midterm elections on Tuesday, two of the most closely contested contests will take place in the state of Georgia, which is considered a battleground state.
Stacey Abrams, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, is going up against Republican incumbent Brian Kemp, while Raphael Warnock, a contender for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, is going up against the Republican rival Herschel Walker.
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