Sen. Steve Gooch Announces Second Meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools

Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) recently announced that the second meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools will be held TOMORROW, November 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in room 450 of the Capitol.

Sen. Gooch will serve as Chairman of the committee and members will include Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton), Sen. John Wilkinson (R – Toccoa), Sen. Jack Hill (R – Reidsville), Mr. Grier Todd, appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development Kevin Langston, Georgia Chamber of Commerce designee Michael Owens, Director of the Georgia Travel Association Kelsey Moore, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Jay Markwalter, Camila Knowles, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, and State Board of Education designee Scott Johnson.

The Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools was created by the passage of Senate Resolution 1068 during the 2018 Legislative Session. The committee will review the effect of varied school start dates on the travel and hospitality industries while ensuring that there will be no disruption to the education of Georgia’s children. The committee must report its findings on or before December 1, 2018.

WHO:              Sen. Steve Gooch and Members of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools

WHAT:            Second Study Committee Meeting

WHEN:            November 14, 2018
2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          State Capitol – Room 450

206 Washington St SW

Atlanta, GA 30334

Crittenden Issues Guidance on Absentee and Provisional Ballot Verification

ATLANTA – Today Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden issued the attached information to all Georgia counties regarding state law governing absentee ballot verification and the provisional ballot determination period. Secretary Crittenden stresses that the law and rules regarding absentee ballot verification and the provisional ballot determination period have not changed. The purpose of the guidance is to ensure that county election officials are receiving accurate information as they approach their certification deadline and should not be used to imply that any county election official in Georgia is not properly carrying out his or her duties in compliance with state law.

State law requires counties to certify their election results no later than 5 PM Tuesday. You can view the most up-to-date results on the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting website. The site will continue to be updated as additional counties update their results.

ATLANTA – In order to assist in the reporting of accurate information, Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden offers the following clarification:

– The time period to verify provisional ballots ended on Friday, November 9. See. O.C.G.A. 21-2-419(c). The only exception is provisional absentee ballots rejected due to a non-matched signature, which can be verified until county certification pursuant to a court order from District Judge Leigh Martin May.

– While state law requires counties to certify their election results no later than 5 PM Tuesday, over half of Georgia counties have already certified their results. Counties that have certified their results have uploaded all results, including provisional ballots, to the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting website. You can view the counties that have already certified in the Results by County tab of that site. You can view the number of provisional ballots that a county has accepted in the Contest Details. The site will continue to be updated as additional counties certify their results.






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