The mission of the Elections and Registration Office is to register citizens of Franklin County to vote; to ensure that elections are free, impartial, fair, accurate, convenient and accessible to all voters; to encourage voter participation; to provide excellent customer service to voters, candidates and the media; and to help the public understand and follow all laws, rules and regulations set by Federal, State and Local Laws, as well as the State Election Board.
This office is responsible for voter registration for Franklin County and all municipalities in the county. In addition, this office is responsible for the following duties:
- Qualifying Candidates seeking election (County, Non Partisan and other Parties as requested)
- Printing of ballots and testing voting equipment used for each election
- Coordinating Vote Centers and making sure locations are ADA compliant
- Training and Placement of Poll Officials
- Preparing Supplies and Equipment used at Vote Centers
- Consolidating of Election Results
- Maintenance and Logic & Accuracy Testing of all Election Equipment
- Act as a Filing Officer for all Elected Officials and Candidates
- Conduct all Elections (Federal, State, County, and Municipalities)
The Franklin County Board of Elections and Registration Office attends to the day-to-day registration and updating of files of Franklin County voters. On even-numbered years the office prepares for local, state, and national elections. On odd-numbered years the office conducts some of the county municipal elections.
New Voting Machines Have Arrived!
The new voting machines have arrived in Franklin County and there will be a demonstration and training session for the voting public next week in Carnesville. Franklin County Elections Superintendent Gina Kesler said the new machines will go into use with the March 2020 Special Primary. That’s why she says it’s important voters know how to use them.
“We’ll have a public demonstration October 29 at 6p at the Carnesville Community Center,” she said. “So anybody is welcome to come out and hear about it, see it, touch it, and use it,” Kesler said.
Kesler said Franklin County will be receiving around 80 Ballot Marking Device Touchscreens and printers. The new machines which include both a touchscreen and printer are so far getting good results around the state where they are already being tested during advance voting in some counties. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is testing the new Dominion Voting Systems machines in Bartow and five other counties this year before using them statewide in Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary in March 2020. Kesler says unlike the old voting machines, the new machines will provide the voter with hardcopy back up of their choices.
“The main difference is instead of hitting ‘cast ballot’ on the touch screen you’ll actually hit, ‘print ballot.’ It will print out your ballot, you can view it and you will be able to view the questions that were asked and your answers. Then you take it to a tabulator and scan it and the printed ballot will drop into a locked ballot box,” she explained. Another change is the new machines will give the voter the chance to change their votes every step of the way. Kesler said if at anytime before casting their ballot the voter is unhappy with their choices or have skipped a candidate or question and want to make changes, they are able to do so. However, if after casting their ballot they see something on the printout they want to change, the ballot can be spoiled and a new voting card can be issued to the voter.
Again, the public demonstration hosted by the Republican Party of Franklin County for the new voting machines will take place October 29th at 6p at the Carnesville Community Center. However, Kesler said any voter is welcome to come to the Elections and Registrations office on Highway 145 in Carnesville to see a demonstration of the new machines.
Article by MJ Kneiser
- The Secretary of State’s Office has established a secure website and free-access telephone number for provisional ballot voters to access to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted and if not, the reason why. The website is http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/check_your_provisional_ballot_status_for_november_6_2018_election
- The free access number is 1-844-537-5375.
- You can also contact our office, the Franklin County Board of Elections and Registration at (706)384-4390.
November 5, 2019 City Election:
NOVEMBER 5, 2019 GENERAL/SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS: CITY OF CANON, CITY OF CARNESVILLE, AND CITY OF LAVONIA
- INTENT TO TABULATE EARLY NOTICE NOVEMBER 5, 2019
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- 2020 Election Calendar
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- Board of Education District Map
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- Franklin County Elected Officials Brochure
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