Hall County looks for volunteers to help register new voters

A voter casts their ballot in Hall County during the 2016 general election (NTV News)

Hall County is taking steps to protect those registering to vote.

Newly-appointed Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet plans to hold three training sessions next month.

She said training is for anyone who wants to help people get registered to vote. Being a Deputy Registrar is a volunteer position, and requires certification.

Overstreet said, “The reason they have to be trained is for voter registration you're taking sensitive information. You're taking a person's address, date of birth, taking last four digits of their Social Security number. This is information that's sensitive and we want to make sure it's handled properly.”

Overstreet said state law requires anyone holding a voter registration event to use a team of two, with deputy registrars who represent different parties. She said that could be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or non-partisan.

And for the first time, Hall County will issue badges so those registering can know their personal information is being handled by a certified volunteer.

The Hall County Election Office will be offering three training sessions for registered voters to become a Deputy Registrar – a volunteer who is trained and certified to register people to vote.

The trainings will be offered on the first floor of the Hall County Administration Building, 121 S. Pine Street at the following times:

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, January 22, 2018 at noon.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Those registered voters interested in becoming a Deputy Registrar should reserve a training spot by calling the Hall County Election Office at 308-385-5085 or emailing to tracyo@hallcountyne.gov.

Hall County currently has about 40 certified volunteers who can register people to vote.

Overstreet is replacing Dale Baker, who is retiring from the position.

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