By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LANIER COUNTY, GEORGIA – By law through Georgia O.C.G.A. Elections Title 21, Chapter 2 specifies the procedure for qualifying candidates. O.C.G.A. 21-2-5(c) specifies that “The Secretary of State shall determine if the candidate is qualified . . . When visiting Secretary of State Raffensberger’s office homepage, it clearly states, “The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office organizes and oversees all election activity, including voter registration, municipal, state, county, and federal elections. They are responsible for certification of election results as well as certifying the qualification of candidates and preparation of ballots and election forms and materials. The Elections Division provides Great Seal certification for authentication of public documents for foreign use for non-Hague countries. Along with those duties, the Elections Division maintains the Statewide Voter Registration Database to ensure that voter registration lists are current statewide. They are also accountable for investigating election fraud and enforcing state election laws.” With that said, “How does it translate to local Lanier County elections … or does it?”
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