June 16, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. - As of noon today, several hundred of the 31,000+ absentee ballots cast in Chatham County have ‘signature issues’ where they signature on the ballot does not match the records in the county’s election system, managed by the Chatham County Board of Registrars.
All absentee ballots are first checked by the Board of Registrars for authentication before being turned over to the Board of Elections for processing and scanning.
According to Absentee Ballot Clerk, Keith Pflager, of the Board of Registrars, they are trying to reach voters with a ballot signature issue by sending out letters, or emailing them if the voter included an email address on their voter registration filing.
The Board of Elections still have over 10,000 absentees to be processed, scanned and counted. The Board of Registrars have turned over all absentees to them, except for the several hundred with signature issues. With several of the county’s run-off elections so close, those ballots could make the difference.
The Georgia Secretary of State has given voters three more days to resolve their signature issues – until this coming Friday.
Letters were mailed on Monday, June 15, a follow up letter to a prior letter mailed as absentees ballots came in with signature issues during mid-May and early June, notifying a voter that there was a signature problem.
Right now, the most effective way to be sure that an absentee vote had no problem is to go to mvp.sos.ga.gov and sign in. There, voters can see if their absentee was counted, and had no issue. “MVP” stands for “My Voter Page.”
Anyone receiving a letter should call 912-790-1520 at the Board of Registrars, or go down to their office on Eisenhower Drive right away.