Madison County probate judge and election superintendent Cody Cross asked county commissioners Monday to consider stripping him of his election duties and creating an election board instead.
The judge is running unopposed this year. But in years where he faces opposition, he could be tasked with overseeing his own race.
“I would hope that each and every one of you (commissioners) would agree with me that it’s time to do this (create an election board),” said Cross.
The judge said that less than 50 counties in Georgia have a probate judge who also serves as an election superintendent.
Cross suggested that all election responsibilities be placed under the supervision of the registrar’s office, which is overseen by the chief registrar, an appointed, not elected, position.
“This is in essence combining everything under one roof,” said Cross. “I think they have an excellent staff. I can think of no one else better capable of handling it.”
The judge handed each commissioner a packet with information on various ways other counties have structured election boards. He noted that some counties have three member boards. Others have five. He pointed out that the commissioners can appoint members, or local political parties could nominate members, or other means of appointment could be deteremined.
Cross suggested the board create a committee to consider the options.