Nine weeks before what is likely to be a challenging election day on Nov. 8, Barrow County is still without an elections supervisor.
The county’s first attempt at finding a replacement for Katie Ferm, who left in late July, was unsuccessful, and the position had to be re-advertised.
A team of county officials was scheduled to go through the second batch of applications Wednesday. As of the newspaper’s Sept. 7 deadline, there was no word on whether the additional applicants have the requisite training and experience for the job.
Holding down the fort in Barrow County Elections and Voter Registration in the meantime are Monica Franklin, an elections assistant who is the office’s only full-time employee, and her mother, Jeannine Hardigree, the long-time voter registrar who retired in 2009 as part of the county’s reduction-in-force, but has been working part time in the office for several months.
Franklin admitted last week that she is feeling the pressure of having to plan for several complications of what are often relatively simple municipal elections.
“We are in the meat of it now,” she said.
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