One commissioner recently described the situation as “discord at the highest level.”
Last week, a consultant brought in to help the elections office communicate with voters and the media nearly stepped down, saying he wasn’t getting the cooperation he needed to do his job. Just a few days earlier, the National Vote at Home Institute — which was brought in to help optimize DeKalb’s absentee ballot process — had to be coaxed back into the fold after disengaging for similar reasons. The ACLU of Georgia recently said volunteer poll workers it had recruited to help bolster DeKalb’s Election Day manpower were turned away.
Elections board members have also accused elections staff of ignoring their directives and questioned the county’s readiness for November.
“This is a gamechanger for DeKalb,” said Commissioner Larry Johnson, who pushed the county to pursue the grant. “We have the opportunity to be innovative, add more poll workers, and add more voting locations throughout the county. We can be a model of service for the state and the country.”
The DeKalb County elections board has a meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. It can be viewed via livestream here.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, no agenda for the meeting had been posted.