“I want to ensure DeKalb residents have faith in the system and equal access to voting free of disenfranchisement,” Cochran-Johnson said in a statement.
The town hall was announced in November as state election officials prepared to remove 313,000 of the state's 7.4 million registered voters because they moved away or haven't participated in elections for at least seven years.
In DeKalb, about 27,700 voters were deemed “inactive” and were placed on the list to be purged from the rolls, elections director Erica Hamilton said at a recent Board of Registrations and Elections meeting.
“Understanding the approaching purge, I want to get an early start on checking the voter status of DeKalb residents,” Cochran-Johnson said. “I hear my constituents loud and clear when they voice concerns and I’m dedicated to ensuring no vote goes uncounted.”
The town hall panel will include speakers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and DeKalb elections board. They will discuss topics including voting practices, absentee voting procedures, ballot processing times and provisional ballots. Attendees will also be able to check their voting status and register to vote at the event.
Voters in six pilot counties — which did not include DeKalb — cast ballots on the new voting system during local elections earlier this month. There were some minor problems, but officials said the first trial of the new machines went smoothly overall.
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