DECATUR,GA— The U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence has selected DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections to join the group’s inaugural cohort of Centers for Election Excellence. DeKalb County is the only jurisdiction in the state of Georgia to receive this prestigious recognition.
As a Center for Election Excellence, DeKalb County was awarded $2 million and will join a select bipartisan group of election officials to share best practices and strategies in their ongoing pursuit of excellence.
“The County is pleased to be a recipient of this funding in support of the Elections Department’s ongoing efforts to serve as a model for election integrity not just in Georgia but throughout our nation,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.
“I am thrilled we have chosen DeKalb County as a Center for Election Excellence,” said Tiana Epps-Johnson, executive director of the Center for Tech and Civic Life. “DeKalb County is a leader in safe, secure, and inclusive elections that put voters first. This program will take their election administration work to the next level.”
“My vision as Chair has been for DeKalb County to become a pacesetter for elections in the Southeast, so earning the Center for Elections Excellence designation is particularly gratifying,” said Dele Lowman Smith, Chair of the DeKalb County Board of Registration & Elections. “What is even more exciting is how the resources and collaboration that come with this will enable us to keep innovating for the benefit of DeKalb voters.”