Elections Board Meet, Whittenbarger’s Concerns Addressed

The Fannin County Board of Elections held its monthly meeting December 5 at 2pm. The meeting, which took place in the elections office was opened but the board’s acceptance of last month’s minutes as presented.

Chairman Sonia Smith then made a motion to accept 98 new voter applications. The motion passed. A motion also passed to delete 19 voters from the registered voters list; 18 were deceased and 1 moved out of county.

Board member Mary Ann Connor then made a motion to accept and attach the official and complete November 8 General Election results, which also passed.

The board discussed sheriff’s candidate Rusty Whittenbarger’s concerns regarding the accuracy of the local voting machines. Whittenbarger voiced his concerns with elections office employee Chuck Cook; afterwards Whittenbarger seemed to be satisfied with the outcome of his and Cook’s discussion.

Mary Ann Connor read a letter from the State Board of Elections clearing Fannin County elections office from any wrongdoing in regards to a complaint filed against Fannin County. The complaint was in regards to Rita Kirby, wife of Sheriff Dane Kirby, taking a picture of her nephew casting his vote at a voting machine during the last election. The state found the screen of the voting machine was not visible in the picture-therefore, no violation had occurred.

Sonia Smith announced the next regular elections board meeting has been moved from January 2 to January 9 at 2pm before the meeting adjourned.

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