The State Election Board voted this month to allow counties to buy drop boxes where voters can turn in their completed absentee ballots instead of mailing them. Counties that purchase drop boxes, which must be monitored by video and located on government property, will be able to request reimbursement using the federal relief funds.
The Democratic Party of Georgia recently sent information to the state’s 159 counties urging them to buy drop boxes, which will give voters more options to ensure their votes are counted.
Drop boxes cost as little as $50 for small wood collection boxes and over $760 for large weather-proof boxes that look like U.S. Postal Service mailboxes, according to the Democratic Party. Security cameras cost about $40.
“Hopefully Georgia voters will have this extra option that will protect their health and safety,” said Saira Draper, voter protection director for the Democratic Party of Georgia.