Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 6, 2015

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 6, 2015

Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States and the first Republican to hold the office on November 6, 1860. By his inauguration in March, seven states had seceded.

Georgia Governor Joseph Brown addressed the Georgia legislature calling on them to consider Georgia’s future on November 7, 1860, the day after Abraham Lincoln’s election as President.

On November 6, 1861, one year after Lincoln’s election, Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens of Georgia were elected President and Vice President of the Confederate States of America.

President Teddy Roosevelt left for a 17-day trip to Panama on November 6, 1906 to inspect work on the Panama Canal; he was the first President to take an official tour outside the continental United States.

Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress, the first female Member, on November 7, 1916 from Montana. After leaving Congress, Rankin moved to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1925. The Jeanette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, based in Athens, Georgia provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term on November 7, 1944.

A dam on the campus of Toccoa Falls Bible College burst on November 6, 1977 under pressure from heavy rains, killing 39 students and faculty.

Democrat Sam Nunn was reelected to the United States Senate on November 7, 1978.

On November 7, 1989, David Dinkins was elected the first African-American Mayor of New York and Douglas Wilder was elected the first African-American Governor of Virginia.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA) resigned his office and his Congressional seat on November 6, 1998, effective in January 1999, despite having been reelected three days earlier.

On November 7, 2006, Georgia reelected its first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, and elected its first GOP Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

After the very narrow defeat of the LaVista Hills incorporation referendum, allegations surfaced of voting irregularities and possible fraud in the election.

The LaVista Hills cityhood proposal failed by 136 votes. If a judge finds any irregularities that could change the outcome, Tuesday’s results could be invalidated.

From WSB-TV in Atlanta,

Reports of intimidation and criminal activity have led to a state investigation into voting fraud in LaVista Hills.

Only Channel 2 Action News was there as investigators with the GBI removed a computer and voting machine from the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office on Memorial Drive.

Leonard Piazza, the second in command at DeKalb County’s office of voter registration and elections, says there were very serious irregularities regarding the LaVista vote.

Piazza says in addition to voters being turned away at their polling place, voter material wasn’t properly secured.

He also told Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston, there was a memory card that collects citizen votes loose in the office.

According to Piazza, when he told his boss Maxine Daniels, he says she told him not to worry about it and sent him home.

Piazza is now on paid leave.

Daniels says that she can guarantee to the voters that nothing irregular happened. She blames the investigation on a disgruntled employee.

And from CBS 46,

“It’s a complete disappointment as a voter that one of our most sacred rights would be violated,” said Mary Kay Woodworth with LaVista Hills Alliance, a group that supported LaVista Hills becoming a city. “We need to have government we can trust and if indeed this is true, we have a government we can’t trust.”

The complete statement from the Georgia Secretary of State is below:

“As Secretary of State I take any allegations of elections fraud seriously.  Our office has opened an official investigation of possible criminal activity during the November 3rd elections in DeKalb County.  Given the serious nature of these allegations, I have asked the Center for Elections at Kennesaw State University and the GBI to assist in this investigation.  I asked the GBI to assist due to the alleged theft of secured memory cards and fraud allegations.  Once completed, the investigation will be presented to the State Elections Board.  We will have no further comment until that time.”

The Secretary of State’s office said that in addition to possible fraud, they are also looking into a potential theft of a memory card following the election. There’s also a probe into why nearly 50 people who qualified to vote on LaVista becoming a city were given ballots without the proposition on it.

“The DeKalb County voter registration has had since April 2 to get this right and now here we are on Nov.5 or [Nov 6] and they didn’t get it right, but it really boils down to anger and frustration with DeKalb County government,” Woodwoth added.

In Smyrna City Council Ward 6, former Democratic State Senator Doug Stoner bested first-time candidate Tara Simon by a 637-623 margin, with the 14-vote difference putting it just outside the 1% window that entitles candidates to a recount. But on election night, 34 provisional ballots were uncounted, with the potential to change the election or put it in the recount window.

Crisp County passed an E-SPLOST by a 75:25 margin, and in Worth County, the E-SPLOST garnered 71% yes votes.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard won reelection with 57% of the vote against two challengers.

The cities of Ocilla and Sylvester passed liquor by the drink referenda by more than 60% each.

In Unadilla, Myron Mixon defeated incumbent Mayor Dr. Bobby West by 241-221. Mixon is a renowned Barbecue competitor.

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