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Sumter elections case sent to the Attorney General's office

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A case questioning the Sumter County Board of Election practices has been forwarded to the Attorney General's Office.

The Secretary of State's office can't comment on pending cases, but did say the 2008 case involving Sherry Ratliff, Sumter County's election supervisor, deals with violations of the state's election code that deals with the execution of voter certificates, procedures to qualify electors, voting outside a precinct of residence, and voter registration.

The portion of the law that the case claims was violated is below.

(a) At every primary and election, each elector who desires to vote shall first execute a voter's certificate and hand the same to the poll officer in charge of the electors list. When an elector has been found entitled to vote, the poll officer who examined his or her voter's certificate shall sign his or her name or initials on the voter's certificate and shall, if the voter's signature is not readily legible, print such voter's name under his or her signature. As each elector is found to be qualified and votes, the poll officers shall check off the elector's name on the electors list and shall enter the number of the stub of the ballot issued to him or her, or his or her number in the order of admission to the voting machines, on the voter's certificate of such elector. As each elector votes, his or her name in the order of voting shall be recorded in the numbered list of voters provided for that purpose.

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