Posts Tagged ‘elections’

DEAL TODAY, BARNES TOMORROW

October 25, 2010
With only a few days before the 2010 election, the candidates are moving around the state now. 

Nathan Deal’s bus comes into town this afternoon. The Republican candidate for governor will rally at 3:30 at the band shell in Lakebottom Park.  After that, there will be  a reception at 4:30 at the Convention and Trade Center.

Mrs. Barnes, former governor Roy Barnes, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, April 29, Columbus Airport

  Democratic Party candidate for governor Roy Barnes comes to Columbus tomorrow for a  rally at 5:30 p.m. at the new Health Sciences building–the Wright Building–on the Columbus Tech campus. To get to this building, use the entrance on River Road just north of Manchester Expressway.

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Almost 300 to Attend Muscogee County Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Gala

September 20, 2010

Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis is the Keynote Speaker 

 He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, was clubbed and seriously injured when he led the Selma March, played a key role in ending racial segregation in America, and has served as Georgia’s 5th District representative for 23 years. Rep. John Lewis will set the tone for this election year’s Muscogee County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Gala, a $50-a-plate fundraiser, at the Columbus Trade Center on September 20th. He will share the stage with this year’s Occasion Speaker Carol Porter, the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor.

 The Jack T. Brinkley, Sr. Service Award will be presented by Jack Brinkley, former 3rd District Representative, to three prominent local Democrats for their lifetime of public service to the community, state and nation. Honored will be former Georgia state Representative Milton Jones, 2nd Congressional District Representative Sanford Bishop, and Mrs. Ella Lewis.

 Jones, a Columbus attorney from 1959 to 1998, served in the Georgia House from 1962 until 1970. He also participated in Jimmy Carter’s campaign for governor in 1970 and President in 1976. He was appointed by Carter to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 1974 and served as Board Chairman during 1978-79.

Bishop has served as Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District representative for 17 years. He won the seat after serving only one term in the Georgia Senate.  He was President Barack Obama’s state campaign co-chairman in 2007. He is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is a Blue Dog Democrat and is, arguably, the most conservative African-American in Congress. 

 Lewis is a lifelong Democrat and civic servant who cut her political teeth working for North Carolina’s Senator Sam Ervin.  She is not only a member of the Muscogee County Democratic Party but is a voting member of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s State Committee. She chairs the local party’s Affirmative Action Committee. Her list of community service projects is long and includes the Georgia Department of Transportation Citizen Advisory Committee, the South Columbus Task Force for Keeping Columbus Beautiful and the Superintendent’s Roundtable for the Muscogee County School District.

 Most of the Democratic candidates for state and local offices will participate in the Gala.

“Creative Loafing” Comes Out for Oxendine

July 12, 2010

With the Georgia primary elections only 8 days away,  I’ll be doing some more blogs to help you make up your mind on who to vote for.  Let’s start with why you should vote for John Oxendine in the Republican Primary for governor.  Just click on this link to get all of the reasons that Scott Henry wants Oxendine to win.

It’ll All be Over Tuesday Night … Maybe

November 2, 2008

 

Early voting at Columbus Public Library

Early voting at Columbus Public Library

 Finally, it will all be over Tuesday night. We will have elected a new president. That could be wishful thinking. In fact, there is the unsettling chance that it is just that. The specter of the Florida debacle in 2000 remains vivid to a lot of us. 

  Because of a record of past discrimination against African American voters, Georgia elections are still under U.S. Justice Department jurisdiction. For that reason, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, cited that fact when Democrats requested that voting be continued over the weekend.  She said she had no right to authorize that.

   The NAACP complained to her that not enough voting machines are being placed in African American precincts to accommodate the overwhelming turnout of black voters.  Handel said she doesn’t control that; counties decide where the machines will go. 

  Batteries of lawyers are going to be placed in the polling places Tuesday, some Republicans, some Democrats, and a group of lawyers not representing either party. In other words, everybody is gearing up for a lot of legal activity which is a clue that the election outcome may very well not be known by midnight Tuesday.

  Let’s hope this one is not in doubt. Americans need to be able to trust that our elections are legitimate. Over the years there have been plenty of examples of countries that have had elections that meant nothing. They were – some still are  – ruled by dictators and/or oligarchies.  Can that happen here?

DICK’S WORLD PODCAST: Will Your Vote be Counted?

October 19, 2008

  Time for me to do another podcast. I have to do one every now and then just to make sure I remember how.

  This one is about whether you can count on your vote being properly counted.

   You can listen by clicking  podcast.

     If you haven’t voted yet, I suggest you vote early. For one thing, the lines are going to be really long on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. 

In Columbus, Georgia, you can vote early at the following places:

– Now thru October 31 at the Elections Office, West Wing, Government Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm
      
October 27-31 at Four Locations:


Elections Office, Government Center, 100 Tenth Street: 8:30am – 4:30pm

 
Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road:  9:30am – 5:00pm


Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, 1441 Benning Drive:  10:00am – 6:00pm


Cunningham Center, Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd.: 8:30am – 4:30pm

  I would say, “See you at the polls,” but I won’t because I voted weeks ago at the Government Center.

Georgia Electronic Voting Machines Have a Major Glitch: No Independent Paper Trail

September 9, 2008

  Considering the history of voter fraud in its different forms, I am skeptical about the reliability of touch-screen voting machines that leave no independent paper trail. Without that trail there is really no way to conduct an honest recount when results are contested. Georgia’s machines do not leave an independent trail. In other words, they cannot be independently audited.

  The group Voter Georgia brought suit against the state calling the state’s electronic machines illegal and unconstitutional because they do not provide voters with a record that shows their votes were counted properly. A Fulton County judge ruled in favor of the state, and now Voter Georgia says it will take its case to the Georgia Supreme Court.

  Though the judge accepted the state’s claim that the machines are reliable and there have been no documented cases of fraud, all one has to do is look to Ohio to see what can happen. While Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel is satisfied with the state’s machines, the Secretary of State in Ohio  Jennifer Brenner is suing Premier Election Solutions, formerly Diebold, seeking damages for fraud and breach of contract. As ARS Technica reports, “The suit blames faulty software for losing votes in 11 of the 44 counties that use Premier machines.”

  Georgia’s machines were purchased from the same company.    

                                                               courtesy Georgian's for Karen Handel, Inc.

    Karen Handel, GA Sec. of State, speaking
to 2008 Skidaway Island Republican Dinner
(Photo: courtesy Georgians for Karen Handel, Inc.)
 
 Georgia’s Secretary of State Handel is not opposed to an independent paper trail but cites the multi-million dollar price tag for changing the machines as a reason for not doing anything about it. She told me recently, “It would be nice, but it’s so expensive and there are other priorities.”

  Sorry, but, in a democracy, what can take priority over making sure that our votes are properly counted, when it comes to elections? I can’t think of one.  She trusts the machines. After learning about the problems other states have had with them, and that electronic voting machines are not impervious to tampering, I am skeptical. I would be a lot more comfortable with touch-screen voting if the machines were able to be independently audited. In Georgia, they are not. The record of human behavior is clear: many people will cheat if given the opportunity, especially when it comes to obtaining and maintaining power.