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Council scrutinizes voter registration numbers
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
September 04, 2013 12:05 PM | 816 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandy Springs officials are taking a closer look at flawed voter registration numbers in advance of the upcoming Nov. 5 election.

The Sandy Springs City Council mulled over the matter during its meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

Recent data presented by Geographical Information Systems Analyst Josh Lontz reveals some glaring discrepancies.

“Around mid-August we were given a list of all the registered voters in the city of Sandy Springs from Fulton County Voter Registration,” Lontz said. “I was asked to look into this list, [quality control] it for accuracy of voters within the city … to basically geo-code it.”

Of the addresses given, 702 do not exist. Moreover, 4,000 addresses were given the wrong council district number, Lontz said.

Some addresses claimed as residential were actually determined to fall within commercial districts.

Council members urged Lontz and Fulton County officials to expedite resolution of the skewed numbers given the fact that absentee and advance voting application deadlines for the upcoming election are drawing near.

Sandy Springs has 33 voting precincts within its borders.

Geo-coding voting data to the precinct level might be the easiest fix, District 4 Councilman Gabriel Sterling said.

“If the precincts are coded correctly, other than those three split precincts, they should be able to [right the numbers] relatively quickly,” Sterling said. “A few years back, before we had electronic voting, this wouldn’t have mattered as much because if [voters] showed up at the polls they would get the correct ballot.

“Now, with an electronically coded ballot they’re going to get the ballot, push it in and they’re going to be put in whatever district [corresponds to the coding].”

What’s next:

The nonpartisan city election is Nov. 5, with the deadline for absentee ballots xxxx. Advance voting is set for Oct. 14 through Nov. 1.

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