— Opinion Section, Savannah Now, January 29, 2020 —
Thank you for your excellent editorial published Jan. 24 and headlined “Election prep begins as voting machines arrive.” You promised to keep your readers updated on the voting machines and you did. Chatham County has received one voting machine for every 224 voters registered in a precinct. This exceeds the state minimum of 250. Thank you, Chatham County Elections Board. The machines will be distributed among the 89 Chatham County precincts.
The number of registered voters is the only standard used to allocate the machines. There should not be any reductions in this county-mandated standard. I am pleased that the Georgia Election Board rejected a proposal that would have relaxed the standard for the presidential primary due to the “popularity of early voting”. The marginal costs of a machine operating on election day is minimal and trying to cut those costs at the risk of longer voting lines is simply not worth it.
If citizens know the number of registered voters in their precinct, then they will know how many machines will be available in a precinct on election day. You can count the number of machines when you show up to vote.
Keep up the good work. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
–Arnold Addington, Savannah