Secretary Raffensperger Recognizes Meriwether County Election Officials with EAGLE Award

March 26th, 2024

Atlanta - In recognition of county election offices across the state that go above and beyond serving Georgia voters, Secretary Raffensperger presented the “Georgia Election Administration Golden Leader in Excellence” (EAGLE) Award to the Meriwether County Election office on Monday. Tuesday, Secretary Raffensperger will honor Houston County as well. The EAGLE Award honors the innovations, achievements, and best practices of county election offices to ensure that safe, secure, accessible, and accurate elections are provided to Georgia’s voters. Secretary Raffensperger understands the importance of the work county election offices are doing to ensure the 2024 Presidential election is the most secure and accurate election in Georgia’s history.

“We have tremendous work being done in Meriwether County and all around the state,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “The EAGLE award highlights that work, promoting a culture where Georgia election officials support and learn from each other, and instill complete confidence in the voters of Georgia. We thank Meriwether County for leading the way.”

Meriwether County is recognized with an EAGLE Award for their outstanding work in election security and innovation, demonstrating commitment and dedication in conducting elections that prioritize adherence to all Georgia laws through developing clear training and policies, representing a commitment to secure, accurate, and fair elections and a high level of attention to detail.

Meriwether County is considered a leader in elections by their peers across Georgia. Under the strong leadership of Director Patty Threadgill, Meriwether County was instrumental in assisting in the development of the new GARVIS voter registration system. As an active member of GAVREO, the state association of election directors, the department is known statewide for their dedication and commitment to secure, accurate, and fair elections and adherence to all Georgia laws.

The EAGLE Award will be presented monthly in 2024 to counties that have exhibited excellence in their operations, recognizing achievements in Election Security, Innovation, Accuracy, Accessibility, and Voter Education.

Secretary Raffensperger will present Houston County with an EAGLE award on Tuesday at 10am to the Houston County Elections Office.

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Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.