Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 4, 2018

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 4, 2018

On December 4, 1783, General George Washington told his officers he would resign his commission and return to his life at Mount Vernon.

The Battle of Waynesboro, Georgia was fought between Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry and Kilpatrick’s federal troops on December 4, 1864.

Governor William Northen signed legislation placing on the statewide ballot a constitutional amendment to increase the number of Georgia Supreme Court Justices from 3 to 5 on December 4, 1893.

On December 4, 1932, a 12-foot tall statue of Tom Watson, former state legislator, Congressman, and United States Senator from Georgia, was placed on the State Capitol Grounds.

On December 4, 1945, the United States Senate voted to approve full U.S. participation in the United Nations. Georgia’s Senators voted in favor.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Polling places are open today until 7 PM, with runoff elections for Public Service Commission and Secretary of State. From the Rome News-Tribune:

Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger are vying for the secretary of state position charged with overseeing voting. Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton and Democrat Lindy Miller are battling it out for a seat on the PSC, which regulates utilities.

Floyd County Chief Elections Clerk Robert Brady said Monday that any voter registered by the Oct. 9 deadline is eligible to vote in the runoff, even if they didn’t vote in the November general election.

Those who are voting absentee should be aware of a change, for this election, in the deadline to return their ballots.

“Because there was such a short time to get them out, any ballot postmarked by Election Day that we have in our hands by Friday will be counted,” Brady said.

The law says “by the last mail delivery,” he noted, but if anyone hand-delivers their ballot before the office closes at 5 p.m. it will be accepted. Brady said few problems with absentee ballots have been reported locally, although there could be delays in the mail.

From the Statesboro Herald:

More than 2,900 Bulloch County residents already have voted in the statewide runoffs for Georgia secretary of state and a Public Service Commission seat. For all other registered voters, precinct voting places around the county will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week during the five days of in-person early voting, 2,608 voters cast ballots in Bulloch County. In addition, 321 paper absentee ballots were returned out of the 735 mailed from the local election office, said Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones.

So that’s 2,929 apparently completed ballots so far, 7.3 percent of the county’s 39,983 registered voters.

Election Day voters are expected to cast their ballots at assigned traditional precincts. Absentee ballots that were previously mailed to voters can be returned, but no voting will take place at the election headquarters in the county annex Tuesday, Jones reminded voters. It was the early voting location only.

Under a statewide extension, absentee ballots returned by Friday, Dec. 7, will be counted.

From the Ledger-Enquirer:

Just this past Friday, the person serving as Georgia Secretary of State until we see who wins the runoff sent out a news release saying absentee ballots for Tuesday’s election will be accepted until Dec. 7, under a court settlement:

“U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg signed a voluntary consent order negotiated by the Democratic Party of Georgia and Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to extend the deadline for acceptance of absentee ballots in the December 4, 2018 run-off election. Certification of results for the November 6, 2018 election was enjoined until 5 p.m. on November 16, 2018,” it says.

“Based on the terms of this consent order, an absentee ballot postmarked by December 4, 2018 – the date of the run-off election – and received by county election offices by December 7, 2018 must be counted if the ballot is otherwise valid. County officials must include these absentee ballots in their certified election return.”

As voters who’ve not voted early go to neighborhood polls 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Columbus already will have banked thousands of ballots, some from residents who at a rate of 130 an hour voted early in-person last week in the Community Room of the City Service Center off Macon Road, like this: Monday 543; Tuesday 992; Wednesday 999; Thursday 1,296; Friday 1,841; total 5,671.

At the mayor’s request, the elections board extended voting by two hours on Thursday and Friday, shifting the schedule from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to 8 a.m.-7 p.m., based on complaints some people wanted to vote after they got off work.

From the Valdosta Daily Times:

Early voting in the runoff concluded Friday, Nov. 30.

In Lowndes County, 4,240 registered voters participated in early voting for the runoff, according to the Lowndes County elections office.

More than 22,000 Lowndes County voters cast ballots during the early-voting period leading to the Nov. 6 general election.

Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden announced the date of a Special Election.

Notice is hereby given that a special election shall be held on January 8, 2019 in the parts of Gordon and Murray Counties that comprise Georgia House District 5 after the passing of State Representative John Meadows. A run-off, if needed, shall be held on February 5, 2019.

Qualifying for the special election shall be held in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, West Tower Suite 802, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.  The dates and hours of qualifying will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., and Friday, December 7, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. The qualifying fee shall be $400.00.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 is the last day to register to vote for all persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to vote in the special election.

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