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ALBANY, Ga. — Johnnie P. Hammond had planned to conduct a voter registration drive and food and clothing giveaway Saturday morning at Shackleford Park — until she was informed that combining a giveaway with voter registration is against the law.
“We’ve been doing it for years and I had no idea it was against the law,” Hammond said Thursday. “We’ll still have the giveaway, we just won’t be registering any voters.”
Hammond said she was contacted Thursday by Dougherty Elections supervisor Ginger Nickerson and told offering incentives at a voter registration drive is illegal.
Dougherty Board of Elections Chairman Alan Pendleton said the event would have violated state elections law, specifically Georgia code 21-2-570 which reads:
“Any person who gives or receives, offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony.”