Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 8, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 8, 2016

On November 8, 1860, Savannah residents protested in favor of secession following the election of Abraham Lincoln.

President Abraham Lincoln (R) was reelected on November 8, 1864.

Franklin D. Roosevelt made his 15th trip to Warm Springs, Georgia on November 8, 1928 after winning the election for Governor of New York.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. was elected to the United States Senate on November 8, 1932 and would serve until his death in 1971. Before his election to the Senate, Russell served as State Representative, Speaker of the Georgia House, and the youngest Governor of Georgia; his father served as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On the same day, part-time Georgia resident Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States.

On November 8, 1994, Republicans won control of the United States House of Representatives and Senate in what came to be called the “Republican Revolution.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today, we vote for President of the United States, to reelect Senator Johnny Isakson, and in some jurisdictions, the local politicians who will affect your life far more than anyone working in Washington, DC.

•     Take your ID with you – click for the acceptable forms of ID.

•     Make sure you are in line by 7 PM – as long as you’re in line by closing time, you’ll be able to vote.

•     If you’re not sure where to vote, check the Secretary of State’s website here. If you voted by absentee ballot, that site also allows you to check on whether your absentee vote was received.

•     If your machine is misbehaving, don’t press the “Cast your vote” button without being certain that it properly reflects your preferences and don’t hesitate to get a poll worker to help you.

•     For issues that can’t be resolved by the poll workers, to submit a complaint, you can contact the office through Secretary Kemp’s social media or use the “Stop Voter Fraud” website and hotline at (877) 725-9797. You can contact his office via Twitter at @BrianKempGA or on Facebook.

Early voting is fine and all, but I prefer to vote on Election Day, as the good Lord intended. Unless I will be unable to vote on election day, I don’t early vote because if something causes you to change your vote preference, if you’ve already cast your vote, there’s no way to undo it.

In November 2010, during a Superior Court runoff in DeKalb County, accusations of lying about endorsements surfaced against candidate Michael Rothenberg, then accusations of fraud surfaced that would ultimately lead to his being indicted and pleading guilty in federal court.

“This defendant stole from investors who trusted his judgment,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “His fraud is particularly egregious because he was involved in defrauding investors at the very time he was seeking to be elected as a DeKalb County superior court judge and because he used a portion of the illegal proceeds to fund his political campaign. Ultimately, his fraud scheme was uncovered, and his quest to be elected ended in failure.”

But he came very close to being elected to the bench.

After Courtney Johnson won the runoff election with 61% it wasn’t clear how much of her victory could be attributed to the last news cycles of the election.

But precinct-level returns shed some light.

Mike Jacobs’s district comprises eleven precincts in North DeKalb. During early runoff voting, Rothenberg ran the table here, carrying 66% of the vote and all but two of the eleven precincts. On election day, voters gave Courtney Johnson 56% of the vote, a twenty-three point gain over the weekend, and she carried nine of eleven precincts.

Courtney Johnson won the rest of the county handily, approaching 90% in a number of precincts. But it is instructive to view the sea-change in voter sentiment in reaction to a news story about candidate ethics.

And that’s why I prefer to vote on Election Day.

Last night, Mrs. GaPundit was speaking to her mother, who lives in Pennsylvania, where early voting is very limited and less than 5% of votes are cast as absentee ballots. Kudos to PA.

The Georgia Republican Party Victory celebration begins at 6 PM tonight at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, located at 3300 Peachtree Road, NE – Atlanta.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is hosting an event at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30303, as well as election return parties across the state.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp doesn’t expect voting problems today, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited Macon on Monday to detail his office’s preparations for Election Day as large crowds are expected to turn out at polling places throughout the state. Nearly 2.4 million took advantage of advanced voting during this election cycle, eclipsing the turnout in the previous two presidential elections.

“If you are someone encountering long lines at polling locations, I would encourage everyone to remain patient and calm,” Kemp said. “We know it’s going to be a busy day.”

The Secretary of State’s Office has set up a hotline at 877-725-9797 for anyone having voting problems Election Day that extend beyond what precinct workers can handle.

“If you or anyone you know see something suspicious call our hotline,” Lewis said. “We are working on the front-line making sure the election is secure, accessible and fair.”

Along with the secretary of state, other agencies will have people monitoring polling sites Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice will have members of its Civil Rights Division in Hancock County while in Macon-Bibb County the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is partnering with local NAACP chapter to ensure equal access to ballots.

Kemp said that his office will be able to handle any voting problems that arise.

“We will run every single complaint down,” he said. “We’ll be the ones that can react the fastest to that. We will have (investigators) deployed at strategic locations across the state.”

Cobb County set a new record for early and advance voting, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Cobb closed its record-setting three-week early voting period on Friday with 161,112 votes cast either in person or through the mail, a 37 percent increase over the 117,315 votes cast early over the same period in 2012.

The early voting period was capped off by a single-day turnout record on Friday, when 20,929 people turned up to the county’s 11 early voting locations to cast a ballot, according to unofficial numbers from Cobb Elections.

Additionally, should a voter experience any issues with a voting machine, they should stop voting and get a poll worker, Eveler said. As long as a ballot has not been submitted, voters can be moved to a new machine.

“The poll manager can actually cancel that ballot and move them to a different machine if they’re not comfortable with that machine,” she said. “Or maybe there’s something they can fix or they can tell them, ‘Oh, that’s normal.’”

Johnny Isakson appeared in Macon at a Get Out the Vote rally with Governor Nathan Deal.

Isakson also held a rally in Columbus, Georgia.

“You heard in my remarks mention, Columbus is the business center of Southwest Georgia and our state.  It’s the home of Prat and Whitney, It’s the home of Aflac, it’s the home of TSYS, It’s the home of Synovus, It’s the home of NCR.  It’s a great city. Columbus and Muscogee County always play a big role in Georgia and we want to get every vote we can in every corner of the state,” said Isakson.

‘Isakson Day’ is far from finished, he will be heading to Macon, Albany and his final stop at the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters in Marietta, Georgia

Houston County Republicans expect a large turnout for Donald J. Trump at the polls today.

Henry Childs, chairman of the Houston County GOP and an ardent Trump supporter, said he believes that party loyalists who didn’t like Trump will end up voting for him. Childs said when he speaks to people with doubts about Trump, he urges them to focus on how he stands on the issues rather than his personality.

“I go back to the basics,” he said. “What are your values? Do you believe in the right to life? Do you believe in the sanctity of marriage? A balanced budget? Then you fit right in with Mr. Trump.”

Kelly Burke, a former Houston County district attorney, was a strong supporter of Ted Cruz in the primary. With an acrimonious relationship between Cruz and Trump, winning over Cruz supporters has been one of Trump’s biggest challenges.

Burke said he would not count himself as ever having been among the “Never Trump” faction, but he did not at one time think he would vote for him. He has since changed his mind and voted for him during the early voting period.

Burke said it ultimately came down to the fact that Trump is closer to his views.

“Trump has really hit a nerve and I think appropriately so,” Burke said. “I think he has helped the Republicans understand what the biggest bulk of Americans are worried about.”

Like the Childses, Burke believes Trump will carry Houston County, a longtime Republican stronghold, by similarly large margins as previous Republican presidential candidates have.

The Gainesville Times reviews local elections as well as statewide candidates and the Constitutional Amendments.

Federal poll monitors will be in Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Hancock Counties today.

Hancock County, where voting advocates have tussled with election officials over alleged voter purges and polling location closures, is the third Georgia county where federal monitors will be stationed. The Democratic National Committee Justice Department is also staffing its own toll free hotline at 800-253-3931.

Voting advocates including the Georgia NAACP had petitioned the Justice Department to consider sending federal monitors here for the presidential election, which is the first since a 2013 U. S. Supreme Court decision striking down a provision in the national Voting Rights Act requiring jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to seek approval before making changes to voting rules.

The Albany Area YMCA offers childcare for voters today.

The Central Facility on Gillionville Road and the Lee County Branch are offering Election Day childcare.

Y members can drop off their kids for free. Others in the community can do so for a small fee.

“We just felt that it would give everybody an opportunity to get out to vote and drop their children off in a safe environment at the YMCA,” Assistant Childcare Director Sarah Mitchell said.

You can find more information at the organization’s Facebook page.

Lilburn City Council held their first meeting in the new City Hall.

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