Georgia elections director Linda Ford resigns | News
ATLANTA -- Georgia elections director Linda Ford has resigned at the request of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Kemp said Friday that the resignation was due to 7,690 voters being moved from inactive to cancelled status within 90 days of an election. The change, which occurred in February 2014 under Ford's supervision, happened six days after more than 312,000 Georgia voters were changed from inactive to cancelled during a standard update process required by law.
"All of the voter records moved from inactive to cancelled status met the requirements for having their status changed. These changes simply took place after the federal deadline," Kemp said in a statement. "This situation may seem like a minor issue to some, but to me, it is very serious."
Kemp added that the cancellations only affected people who did not vote in two general election cycles and did not respond to written notices. The 7,690 voters should have been included in the original process.
Ford submitted her resignation Friday.
"I want to thank Linda for her years of service to the Office of the Secretary of State," Kemp said. "Linda came into the office every day fully committed to serving the citizens of Georgia. This situation is very unfortunate, and I wish Linda only good things in all her future endeavors."
Ann Hicks has replaced Ford as interim elections director. She served as elections director from 2010 to 2011 and has also worked with seven Georgia secretaries of state.