The Georgia State Election Board met today in Atlanta to review pending cases.  One case was from Chattooga County and involved a resident of Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Summerville.

On November 21, 2008 the State Election Board received a written complaint from Carolyn Spraggins saying that she had found an empty absentee ballot envelope and the instructions on how to fill it out on a small table in the room of her father, John Ivey, who is a resident at the facility.  Spraggins told investigators with the election board that she was concerned that her father’s vote was being exploited because of his lack of mental clarity.  According to Ms. Spraggins her father is literate and not physically disabled, but he does suffer from dementia.

According to the investigative summary released today by the State Election Board, Mr. Ivey had requested assistance in filling out his ballot in the 2008 Primary election and the 2008 Primary run-off election.  At issue was if anyone at the nursing home committed voter fraud by unecessarily assisting a resident in filling out a ballot.

The State Election  Board took final action today and voted to close the case. 

Press Secretary for the Georgia Secretary of State, Matt Carrothers told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio this afternoon that further comments on the closure of the case by the State Election Board would be available on Friday.