DeKalb County has been selected to receive a $4.8 million grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL). 

The CTCL grant will allow DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections to hire more personnel, purchase additional voting and mail ballot sorting equipment, open and operate additional early voting and Election Day locations, ensure sanitization of voting equipment and purchase sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for both poll workers and voters.

“These funds will be used to address longstanding operational issues and increase voter safety and confidence in our voting process,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond.

The county will conduct a comprehensive review of the elections system to ensure that citizens can participate in a fair, free, and convenient elections process.

Dekalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson led the effort to secure the funding and shared his excitement in what the funds will help the county accomplish.

“I would like to thank the Board of Commissioners for their support in helping to secure this grant,” Johnson said. “This is a gamechanger for DeKalb. We have the opportunity to be innovative, add more poll workers, and add more voting locations throughout the county. We can be a model of service for the state and the country.”

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Courtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. Voting integrity advocates will try this week to convince a federal judge that the state of Georgia should scrap its touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots, while the state will ask her not to order any changes, especially so close to an election. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

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