In the wake of Saturday’s theft of polling equipment out of a poll manager’s parked truck, the Cobb Board of Commissioners met with officials from the secretary of state’s office Monday to discuss how to handle the matter in what may have been a violation of Georgia’s open meetings laws. The unannounced meeting occurred at about noon Monday in a conference room in the basement of Cobb County State Court on East Park Square in downtown Marietta. Commissioners typically hold meetings in the Cobb Government Building on Cherokee Street, either in the second-floor commission chamber that can hold members of the public, or the third-floor commissioners’ boardroom, which is much smaller.
“We had a special called emergency meeting with the secretary of state’s office, his chief of staff and several of his staff members to discuss the theft and the investigation, and chairman (Mike Boyce) authorized our police department to share information and work with their investigators in anything they needed to continue the investigation,” county spokesperson Sheri Kell said.
On Saturday, two cases containing four ExpressPoll machines were taken out of a Ford F-150 parked at the Kroger at New Chastain Corners Shopping Center on Canton Road in Marietta. ExpressPoll machines are used at polling places to determine if those coming to the polls are eligible to vote.