DeKalb’s election board joined its metro Atlanta counterparts in deciding there was no probable cause to move forward. The board rejected three different challenges brought by three different individuals: J. Max Davis (former mayor of the city of Brookhaven), Marci McCarthy (a vice chair in the DeKalb County Republican Party) and Douglas Hartman.
All told, the trio was asking elections officials to investigate the eligibility of about 50,849 voters.
“It does not limit anybody’s right to cast a ballot, but rather it asks them to prove residency in Georgia before they cast a vote,” Davis said, according to a statement read during the public comment period of Tuesday’s meeting.
The elections board, though, acted on the recommendations of their legal counsel.
Assistant county attorney Irene Vander Els advised the board to dismiss the challenges because they were untimely and provided no evidence beyond a list of voters who had requested address changes. Change-of-address lists often include legitimate voters like members of the military and people who are temporarily living elsewhere for school, work or to take care of loved ones.
“Ultimately, the information provided is not first-hand evidence that any of the challenged voters do not reside in DeKalb County,” Vander Els said.
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