HENRY COUNTY, GA- May 21, 2020-- The Henry County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Ameika Pitts, Elections Director, on recent election, voter registration, absentee by mail voting and advance in-person voting updates at the May 19 Commission meeting.

In her report, Pitts said that there is a total of 175,757 registered voters in Henry County with approximately 8,500 that are inactive, approximately 166,700 that are active and 479 that are pending. She also explained that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Red Oak Church voting location has been moved to the Red Oak Elementary Gymnasium, which is located in Stockbridge.

Pitts also said that there was a total of 166,495 absentee ballot applications that were mailed out to Henry County citizens and the Elections Department has received more than 30,000 of those applications. She shared that her department also received 10,301 absentee ballots—5,281 were Democratic ballots, 4,804 were Republican ballots and 213 were Non-partisan ballots.

Pitts further shared the early voting schedule, times and locations during her presentation, and clarified that the Elections staff and poll workers were taking the necessary precautions to practice social distancing at all the polling the locations. 

“I feel like for the past two days, we have been very successful with keeping up with social distancing guidelines,” said Pitts. “All employees are wearing masks and gloves ensuring that we not only protect ourselves but our citizens as well.”

District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes said he was happy with his recent visit to the Elections Office and is happy to have Pitts a part of the Henry County team.

“I just want to commend Ameika for the great job that she is doing with Elections,” said Holmes. “Myself and my family were in the Elections Office yesterday and had the opportunity to vote. It was very organized, and we felt very safe. It was clean and we didn’t have any issues with voting.”

Chair June Wood echoed Holmes sentiments and said she had a pleasant experience when visiting the Elections Office.

“The poll workers were wiping down the counters after every person moved and after every person voted,” said Wood. “I want to thank all the voters who were there when I voted and who were wearing their own masks and being respectful of the six feet social distancing rules. Thank you again to the Elections team.”

For more information on the Elections and Voter Registration Department, visit henrycounty-ga.com/elections.