Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said requiring counties to process ballots early will speed up the tabulation of ballots and allow the public to learn the outcome of the Senate races as soon as possible.
“It’s really in Georgia’s best interest and the nation’s best interest to finish quickly,” Raffensperger told the board.
The board originally planned to consider a third rule directing counties to “review all available evidence” to determine whether someone registering to vote here is a Georgia resident. The proposal came as Raffensperger and others have raised alarms at the prospect of partisans moving to Georgia temporarily to vote in the January runoff.
But Germany told the board that local officials already have the authority spelled out in the proposed rule, which was withdrawn from the election board’s agenda. Instead, the secretary of state will send a bulletin to local officials spelling out their existing authority to determine the residency of those registering to vote.