The Georgia Association of Voter Registration and Elections Officials (GAVREO) presented the Bulloch County Office of Elections and Registration with the Phoenix Award during their annual conference earlier this year.

Credit: Bulloch County Community Relations

The Phoenix Award is given to one county per region annually who provided exemplary performance during the 2020 elections. The nominations for the award are given by peers across the state in elections and registration offices. Bulloch County is in Region 11, which also includes Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven Counties.

“The 2020 Election was a challenge for all Elections offices, so Bulloch County is proud to accept this award for its dedicated employees and poll workers who persevered to hold a successful election,” says County Commission
Chairman Roy Thompson.

“Just before the election, then Elections Supervisor Pat Lanier Jones suffered a tragic loss in her family, so she was out of the office several of the days leading up to the election,” says Hadley Campbell, Chair of the Bulloch County Board of Elections. “Her team rallied together to help cover her responsibilities in addition to their own and, in my opinion, did an outstanding job. Pat has since retired from the Elections position but remains an integral part of the Bulloch County family.”

The current Elections Supervisor, and former Deputy Registrar, Shontay Jones says that receiving this award is an honor, and she is very proud of the hard work that the staff and volunteers put in during the election. “Though we were challenged in many ways in 2020, we were still able to provide a positive voter experience through our customer service processes,” says Jones. “We were, and are, dedicated to providing an efficient and fair election process.”

Bulloch County was one of 14 counties recognized as Phoenix Award recipients.

The Elections and Registration Office is now managing the Municipal General Elections . Early voting has began and will continue through October 29 (Mon-Fri), from 8 am until 5 pm, as well as, on Saturday October 16 and October 23, from 9 am until 5 pm. For more information on this election, please visit www.bullochcounty.net/elections/2021-elections/ or call the office at 912-764-6502.