I am a U.S. citizen and was born in New York. Both of my parents and all of my grandparents were also born in the United States. I went to vote on November 6, 2018 at my polling place in DeKalb County, but was told by a poll worker that they could not confirm that I was a U.S. citizen. At the time, I had three different forms of ID: my drivers license from Massachusetts, my U.S. passport card and my Emory University ID. I was not allowed to vote with a regular ballot. I was forced to vote with a provisional ballot but was not provided with a receipt nor told that I needed to follow up on my ballot. Instead, I was assured that my vote would be counted.
When I visited the DeKalb County voter registration office on November 9, as required, the representative first told me she couldn’t help me because I didn’t have the documents or receipt that I was supposed to have been given when I completed my provisional ballot. I then asked her to check on my citizenship status, and gave her my forms of ID. She took a photocopy of my U.S. passport card and said I was all set. As of November 12, to the best of my knowledge, my registration had not been cleared, nor had my provisional ballot been counted.
I have lived at the same address in Fulton County since April 1991, paying state taxes. I have not moved. I have not changed my address. Although I am not a regular voter, I believe I voted for Obama in 2012, and I am certain that I voted in the Presidential election in 2008.
On Election Day, I went to my designated polling location. The elections officials told me that they could not find me on the registered voter rolls. The poll workers searched their print outs as well as their digital database and were unable to find my voter registration.
The elections staff was friendly and provided additional information on the issue. A supervisor informed me that if I had not voted in the last 10 years, I was likely “scrubbed” from the voter registration rolls. It was troubling that the staff did not have any record that I had ever voted. They should at least know that I am a resident of the area and formerly registered to vote.
I was given a provisional ballot. I cannot remember if they offered the provisional ballot or if I requested it. I believe I am registered as a Democrat. The precinct and polling location is highly Democratic, I question if this had something to with being removed from the rolls.
I planned to vote before work on November 6, 2018 at the Webster County EMS Building. I gave my ID to poll worker to scan an she informed me that I was Registered in Muskogee County and was supposed to be voting in Columbus. I have never lived in Muskogee County or Columbus. The address that the poll worker said was coming up in her system for me was incorrect. I was told that I could not vote in Webster County and I was not offered a Provisional Ballot. Columbus is a 45 minute drive and I had to report to work so I was unable to drive there to vote at that time and I didn’t finish working on November 6, 2018 until 10:00pm.
In 2016 I registered to vote and my polling location was “Anderson Living.” At a later point, I received a letter notification that my new polling location was “Annistown Baptist.” I then received a second letter stating that my polling location was switched back to “Anderson Living.” A few days before Election Day I received a 3rd and final letter that my polling location would be at “Lenora Church.”
On Election Day in 2016, I ended up voting at Lenora Church. Between the presidential and this election, I did not receive a notice that the polling location changed. On Election Day this year, I went to “Lenora Church” and I stood in line for 2 hours to vote.
When I got to the front the elections officials scanned my ID and I was told I needed to vote at “Anderson Living Elementary School.” I explained that I voted at this location in 2016 and that I have a special needs daughter and I cannot go to the other polling location, especially not after waiting 2 hours. After requesting a provisional ballot, they allowed me to vote provisionally.
On Election Day, my brother, my father, and I showed up to vote at New Salem Baptist Church around 7 AM. After I inserted the yellow card into the machine, the machine displayed an error message. I brought this error message up to the attention of one of the poll workers, who suggested I try another machine. I did so, and the other machine also displayed an error message.
The poll worker then took my electronic voting card and did not give me another card as I had expected. Instead, a few poll workers ended up discussing the situation, and none of them seemed to know what to do. I even heard one of the poll workers say “it seems she has already voted.” Following this, I was given a provisional ballot, not an emergency ballot, and given extremely confusing, contradictory instructions on how to fill out the ballot. This ordeal also involved my name being misspelled multiple times by a poll-worker, and marks being made by poll workers on my ballot that could not be deciphered. In the meantime, during this experience, my brother and father, who are registered at the same address where I am registered, were able to cast regular ballots.
After turning in my provisional ballot, I attempted to follow up with the Cobb County Board of Elections to make sure that it was counted. I received confusing information from the Cobb Board of Elections, and also was told that “emergency” and “provisional” ballots are the same, which I do not believe to be true.
I expected and believe I was entitled to cast a regular ballot at New Salem Baptist Church. Instead, I was forced to cast a provisional ballot and endure poll workers who did not seem properly informed.
On Election Day I showed up to vote and someone told me I was not on the rolls. I was surprised because I moved to my current address 3 years ago from Macon, GA and when I moved I switched my voter registration to DeKalb County.
They had my family member's name on the list and not mine, and said I could not vote because they sent notice to Macon, GA to verify who I am and they never received anything back so they said I was not active.
I asked why they sent it to Macon when I have an address in Lithonia and they did not answer. I then asked if I could use a provisional ballot and she replied that if I used a provisional ballot it would only be thrown out so I left without being able to vote at all.
I have voted in Dekalb County since living here the past 3 years. I was prevented from voting this year, and they didn’t even let me cast a provisional ballot. I am upset that I was unable to vote.
In May 2018, I changed my address online at the Secretary of State’s website and received a voter card. When I went to early vote a poll worker pulled me out of line and said I could not vote because I had "felon" on my record. I am not a felon. The Secretary of State’s office could not verify why I was listed as a felon and told the poll worker that I should have received a letter earlier about my status as a felon; I did not receive such a letter.
A poll worker then offered me a provisional ballot, which I completed after two hours at the polling place; I was also not given a receipt upon submitting my provisional ballot.
As of 11/13/18, I still do not know the status of my provisional ballot or if my record as a felon was cleared. I was prevented from casting a regular ballot at Jim R. Miller Park. Instead, I was forced to cast a provisional ballot after inaccurately being designated a felon in the system.
I am retired military. I was in the military for 24 years and I have voted absentee before, while being stationed overseas. I tried to vote absentee. I filled out all of my forms correctly, and I sent them in on time. But my ballot arrived at the wrong address, and elections officials would not resolve the situation.
I work in South Carolina, so I knew I needed to vote absentee this election cycle. I submitted an application for an absentee ballot well in advance of the election. I designated my residential address as one in Georgia and my mailing address as one in South Carolina to ensure that the ballot was sent to me.
I typed the form myself to ensure there were no mistakes. Later, my wife checked the mail at our home in Georgia and informed me that my ballot had arrived at my address in Georgia, instead of my address in South Carolina. I clearly indicated that the ballot needed to be sent to South Carolina. At that point, I knew that I did not have time to return to Georgia to vote before Election Day, and I hoped to find a resolution for the issue with the Cobb County Board of Elections.
I visited the Cobb County Board of Elections website to file a grievance detailing my issue. On the Saturday after the election, November 10, I received a call back. An elections official informed me that they indeed made a mistake with my ballot and that, unfortunately, I would not be able to vote this cycle. She acknowledged that the elections officials had failed on their end. They committed an error by mailing my ballot to the incorrect location.
She stated that after they receive the absentee ballot application, the ballot issuance process involves three separate people who verify that the information is correct. Through three stages of the process, all three people, tasked with verifying the correct information, failed to ensure that my absentee ballot would be sent to the proper address. The elections official informed me that a resolution would not be possible and that my ballot would not be counted.
As someone who served for decades in our military, the fact that my absentee ballot was mishandled by elections officials is unacceptable. I did everything I needed to do to vote on my end, only to watch as my right to vote was taken away from me this election cycle.