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November 20 — Bourdeaux officially requests recount of 7th district race

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For Immediate Release

November 20, 2018

Contact: Jake Best

(770) 342-9339

Bourdeaux Officially Files for Recount of 7th District Race

Suwanee, Georgia -- Today, Carolyn Bourdeaux sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to request a recount of the 7th Congressional District race.

The current margin of the race, 419 votes, or 0.14 percent, falls within the threshold needed for a recount to be granted. The recount is expected to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

In the letter, the campaign called for a manual recount of the thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in both Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

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Today, the campaign released the following statement:

“In a race this close, every vote must be counted correctly and fairly,” said Jake Best, Bourdeaux campaign spokesman. “We are calling on both Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties to provide a transparent, fair process to ensure voters have confidence in the recount and election.”

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November 15 — Bourdeaux Campaign files emergency motion to reconsider

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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2018

Bourdeaux Campaign Files Emergency Motion to Reconsider in Federal Court

Suwanee, Georgia -- This morning, the Carolyn Bourdeaux for Congress campaign filed a new emergency motion in federal court asking Judge Leigh Martin May to reconsider part of her ruling on Tuesday.

May ruled Tuesday that Gwinnett County had to accept and count absentee ballots with missing or incorrect year of birth information, but she denied the campaign’s request to immediately require Gwinnett County count ballots with address issues or missing signatures.

In their renewed request, the campaign submitted affidavits from voters, many with the voter’s corresponding absentee ballot envelope.

The two counties have different policies on accepting absentee ballots. For that reason, a Gwinnett County voter is 10 times more likely to have his/her absentee ballot rejected for trivial errors than a Forsyth County voter.

Barbara Luth, Director of Voter Registrations and Elections in Forsyth County, has confirmed in writing that “Forsyth County does not reject absentee ballots based solely on missing information on the Ballot return envelope such as address or date/year of birth.” (Page 3). Luth further explained that if there is a signature mismatch or missing signature, the county works to contact voters by phone or email and helps them resolve and cure the issue so that their vote counts. Gwinnett County, on the other hand, does not.

By the campaign’s calculations, Forsyth County rejected only 28 absentee ballots, roughly 1 in every 125. Gwinnett, on the other hand, rejected over 1,500 absentee ballots, or roughly 1 in every 12.

“We are asking the judge to treat all voters in the 7th district equally,” said Bourdeaux spokesman Jake Best. “A voter in Gwinnett should receive the same treatment as a voter in Forsyth. Right now, Gwinnett County can verify a voter’s eligibility, mail them a ballot through the federal mail, and then throw that ballot in the trash if the voter doesn’t perfectly write down their address. We are asking for a fair and equal system that counts the ballot of every eligible voter.”

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November 11 — Bourdeaux Campaign files emergency motion

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For Immediate Release

November 11, 2018

Bourdeaux Campaign Joins Legal Challenge Regarding Rejected Absentee Ballots in Gwinnett County, GA

Suwanee, Georgia -- Tonight, the Carolyn Bourdeaux for Congress campaign filed an emergency motion in federal court regarding the rejection of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County, seeking to have every eligible voter’s voice heard and their vote counted.

The complaint filed in the United States District Court For The Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division argues that Gwinnett County’s rejection of absentee ballots violates federal law, therefore, the ballots must be accepted and counted.

Per the county election officials current policies, reasons for the rejections include missing and incorrect information about voters’ address and birth year. However, these voters were already determined to be eligible to vote when they registered, leaving no question as to the voter’s qualification or identity.

Nearly 1 in 10 absentee ballots were rejected in Gwinnett County in the 2018 general election, the highest percentage of any county in the state, according to Georgia Secretary of State records.

“Our campaign remains committed to ensuring that every qualified voter’s voice is heard,” Bourdeaux spokesman Jake Best said. “We are taking this legal action to ensure that every eligible vote is counted in this election. We will not stop fighting until that goal is accomplished.”

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