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Secretary of State - Elections Division - Contested Elections for County Site Locations

Identifier: 002-02-025-6

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Whenever two-fifths of the electors qualified to vote for General Assembly members petition the ordinary of any county to change the county site of said county, the ordinary shall call a referendum on the matter. (GA L. 1878 - 1879, p. 4; 1887, p. 39; 1911, p. 54). Any seven voters in such a referendum may contest its legality. The contestants must notify the Secretary of State of their intention to contest and upon receipt of such notice, the Secretary of State withholds certification of the outcome of the election. The law provides for the submission of evidence to a presiding officer on the part of the contestants, the filing of cross grounds on the part of contestees and the taking of testimony from both sides. All papers and proceedings must then be transmitted to the Secretary of State who holds a hearing in the presence of both parties and certifies the proper number of votes on both sides and declares a winner. The Secretary of State is further responsible for preserving all papers and if required, transmitting them to the General Assembly. (GA L. 1897, pp. 87 - 88). Included in this series are: (1) lists of qualified voters including some arguments against those qualifications, (2) summaries of legal arguments of contestants and contestees, (3) testimony, (4) election records including consolidated and precinct returns, (5) tally sheets, (6) numbered lists of voters, and (7) summaries of cases conveyed to the General Assembly.


  • Created: 1897-1927


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Secretary of State - Elections Division - Contested Elections for County Site Locations
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5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States