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Board of Elections seeks applicants

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration is looking for a new at-large board member who will also serve as its board chair.

The board is comprised of three members with two partisan members from each political party who then appoint a third at-large member. The newly-selected at-large board member will serve a two-year term ending June 30, 2017.

The Rockdale County Board of Elections recently turned to the courts again to fill the third seat after the clock ran out for the member appointed by the Rockdale Republican Party, Johnny Brown, and member appointed by the Rockdale Democratic Party, Karen James, failed to agree by July 31 on a selection for the third seat. The third seat has been filled since 2012 by William Todd, a former State Court judge.

There is no deadline for Chief Superior Court Judge David Irwin to decide on the third member and the judge indicated he would like to conduct interivews of candidates. Judge Irwin can choose the candidates nominated by the Republican and Democratic members or can choose a different candidate

Board member responsibilities include the oversight of County elections, discussion of and decisions pertaining to election policies and ongoing communication with the public. Board members are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the Elections Office or in administrative decisions. Georgia Election Code 21-2-70 provides for the powers and duties of the Board of Elections and Registration.

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Rockdale County, not hold or be a candidate for any elective office in any level of government during their board term and be available to attend regular monthly board meetings.

Additional criteria requires that applicants do not serve as a treasurer or campaign manager for any candidate seeking elective office or have an affiliation with or hold any level of office with any political party.

Application packets are available on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration web page or in person at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office, 1400 Parker Road, Lobby C, Conyers, 30094.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 28. To complete an application online for the board seat, please visit and look for the link on the "Board of Elections and Registration" page under the Departments/Offices menu.

For questions, please contact Cynthia Welch at 770-278-7333 or