Cobb elections to hear voter registration challenge of five voters

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A special called meeting of the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration will be held Monday June 13, 2022 to conduct a voter registration challenge hearing under Georgia’s election code section O.C.G.A.§ 21-2-229.

The qualification of five voters are being challenged by Eugene Williams of Marietta.

Here is the letter he sent to Cobb elections:

Cobb County Board of Registration and Elections:

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I am a resident of Cobb County, Georgia and am challenging the qualifications of the attached electors (voters) under O.C.G.A. 21-2-229. The five voters in the attached documentation have moved out of state to North Carolina. They are no longer residents of Cobb County or Georgia and therefore no longer qualified to vote here. In addition, they have registered to vote in North Carolina after they moved out of Georgia as indicated in the attached National Change of Address and the North Carolina Secretary of State documentation. This challenge is being filed to have the five referenced voters promptly removed from the Cobb County voter registration rolls.

Please let me know if you have any questions and when a hearing regarding this challenge is scheduled.

Please confirm receipt of this email. Thank you for the work you do for our elections in Cobb County!

Eugene J. Williams

The names of five registered voters were included with the letter.

Georgia Code governing election challenges

CHAPTER 2 – ELECTIONS AND PRIMARIES GENERALLY
ARTICLE 6 – REGISTRATION OF VOTERS
§ 21-2-229 – Challenge of applicant for registration by other electors; notice and hearing; right of appeal

O.C.G.A. 21-2-229 (2010)
21-2-229. Challenge of applicant for registration by other electors; notice and hearing; right of appeal

(a) Any elector of a county or municipality may challenge the qualifications of any person applying to register to vote in the county or municipality and may challenge the qualifications of any elector of the county or municipality whose name appears on the list of electors. Such challenges shall be in writing and shall specify distinctly the grounds of the challenge.

(b) Upon such challenge being filed with the board of registrars, the registrars shall set a hearing on such challenge. Notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing shall be served upon the person whose qualifications are being challenged along with a copy of such challenge and upon the elector making the challenge. The person being challenged shall receive at least three days’ notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing. Such notice shall be served either by first-class mail addressed to the mailing address shown on the person’s voter registration records or in the manner provided in subsection (c) of Code Section 21-2-228.

(c) The burden shall be on the elector making the challenge to prove that the person being challenged is not qualified to remain on the list of electors. The board of registrars shall have the authority to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and other material upon application by the person whose qualifications are being challenged or the elector making the challenge. The party requesting such subpoenas shall be responsible to serve such subpoenas and, if necessary, to enforce the subpoenas by application to the superior court. Any witness so subpoenaed, and after attending, shall be allowed and paid the same mileage and fee as allowed and paid witnesses in civil actions in the superior court.

(d) After the hearing provided for in this Code section, the registrars shall determine said challenge and shall notify the parties of their decision. If the registrars uphold the challenge, the person’s application for registration shall be rejected or the person’s name removed from the list of electors, as appropriate. The elector shall be notified of such decision in writing either by first-class mail addressed to the mailing address shown on the person’s voter registration records or in the manner provided in subsection (c) of Code Section 21-2-228 for other notices.

(e) Either party shall have a right of appeal from the decision of the registrars to the superior court by filing a petition with the clerk of the superior court within ten days after the date of the decision of the registrars. A copy of such petition shall be served upon the other parties and the registrars. Unless and until the decision of the registrars is reversed by the court, the decision of the registrars shall stand.

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