Virtual Town Hall Meeting Focuses On Absentee Ballots And Census

Mokah Jasmine Johnson organized the session with Sara Tindall Ghazal and James Woodall

By Lee Becker, Patch Contributor
Apr 8, 2020 11:59 pm ET

Sara Tindall Ghazal, former voter protection director for the Georgia Democratic Party, and Rev. James Woodall, president of the Georgia NAACP, participating in a virtual Town Hall meeting last week, urged Georgia voters to apply for an absentee ballot for the May 19 election.

Voters should fill out the application sent to all active, registered voters in the state by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the two said, as a safe way to vote as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out in the state.

"Keep your eyes open for the absentee ballot. Understand that it's an application," virtual Town Hall meeting organizer Mokah Jasmine Johnson said in summarizing the comments of the two. "You must fill it out and mail it back in," she said, noting that "mail" could be faxing or sending in the form via email.

Johnson is running unopposed on May 19 to be the Democratic nominee for the 117th House District that includes parts of Oconee, Clarke, Barrow and Jackson counties. The seat is now held by Republican Houston Gaines.

The Town Hall meeting took place on Facebook and Zoom, and Johnson used as a backdrop a campaign poster.

Ghazal also is candidate in the May 19 election. She is unopposed as the Democratic nominee for House District 45, which includes East Cobb and Sandy Springs.

The deadline for submitting the application for an absentee ballot is May 15, according to Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration Director Fran Leathers.

The May 19 election includes the postponed March 24 Presidential Primary, the party primaries for local offices and for the U.S. Senate seat held by David Perdue, and nonpartisan judicial races.

For more on this story, with a video of the Town Hall meeting, please go to Oconee County Observations.

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