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Legislature - Election Laws Study Commission - Correspondence

Identifier: 037-11-018

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The correspondence of the Election Laws Study Committee contains the questionnaires sent to the judges of the superior courts and to the registrars and their replies, the letters sent to other states requesting the material which they had relating to their election laws, and the correspondence files of Committee Chairman Ben W. Fortson, Jr. and Counsel Frank H. Edwards. In addition to the circular letters sent to committee members concerning members, the chairman's correspondence contains suggestions to the committees from various boards of registrars, ordinaries and Democratic Committees. Some of the election laws questioned in the correspondence include the list of voting rights when one moved from one state to another and common law marriages. One letter, dated April 24, 1957, objects to the appointment of Kenneth E. Jones to the committee. The letters are arranged chronologically. The letters of committee Counsel Frank H. Edwards consists of general correspondence, election opinions and suggestions for election law changes. His communications with the Voting Assistance Program concerning absentee voting by members of the military is filed under suggestions. Also included in this category is correspondence with Bibb County Representative, Douglas Carlisle, who had been concerned with instructing voters how to write-in candidates on the voting machines. Following her August 1, 1957, conference with the Election Laws Study Committee, Mrs. Olive H. Padgett from the University of Georgia Political Science Department also wrote Mr. Edwards a list of suggestions. The Law Department's deputy general's file of opinions contain his interpretations of the election laws regarding registration and voting. In this letter to the Chattahoochee Board of Registrars he also enclosed the Attorney Generals opinion on the subject. A copy of a letter from Attorney General Eugene Cook to Secretary of State Ben W. Fortson, Jr., asks permission for the names of the electors from United States President and Vice President to be placed on the ballots as well as the names of the candidates for these offices. Attached is the affidavit regarding the matter.


  • Created: 1957


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