DeKalb Board of Elections: Results certified, Early Voting for runoff set, public comments ignored (as usual)

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman ELECTION UPDATE: After Tuesday’s meeting, the DeKalb Board of Elections changed its decision on early voting sites, adding Dunwoody and South DeKalb locations for the Dec. 4 Runoff. Download pdf. Abrams narrows gap by 2,039 votes after additional ballots counted Early Voting in DeKalb County for Dec. 4 runoff is at one location: DeKalb Board of Elections office 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 Decatur, GA 30032-1239 Mon. Nov. 26-Fri. Nov. 30 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Audio of the meeting Some drama, but results certified on time There was a big crowd at Tuesday’s DeKalb County Board of Elections meeting. There were two major items of business on the agenda: certifying election results from Nov. 6 and setting up…

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The real Diehl: Islamaphobic Georgia House candidate hit with ethics complaint

If all the horribleness surrounding North DeKalb House Candidate Ellen Diehl wasn’t enough, she’s now facing an ethics investigation over her campaign finances. Running against Democratic State Rep. Scott Holcomb in HD81 (Tucker, Northlake, Chamblee, Doraville,  Brookhaven, and a smidge of Gwinnett), Diehl first made a name for herself as a hardcore Trump supporter. She took a talking Trump doll with her when she served as a Trump delegate to the 2016 GOP convention. (She’d had the doll for years, so there’s something going on there, too.) Diehl has tried to paint an image of herself as a mainstream candidate. She. Is. Not. You see, she had this YouTube habit. Her videos were hate-filled rants against Muslims, immigrants, liberals, and Democrats, to…

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A meeting in Tweets: DeKalb GA Board of Elections OCT 11 2018

Early Voting starts October 15. Check out the schedule below. Coverage of a meeting where nothing much happened, but some interesting facts were stated. I just gotta say: the DeKalb Board of Elections has transparency issues. Skittish about sharing info, a board member showed me a document, but would not let John Askins take a photo of it, even though the paper had been distributed to members and discussed IN AN OPEN MEETING. Jeebus. Note: Last month, @DeKalbVotes reported 40,000 voter registration applications pending and is receiving absentee ballot requests at the rate of about 500 a day. Big Number: @DeKalbVotes docs show 158K voter registration applications in 2018 through Sept. That month, DeKalb received >20K apps thru Secretary of State and almost 7K thru…

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Is Dick Williams hurt because Sally Harrell won’t buy ads in The Crier?

Above: Dick Williams on Fox 5 Atlanta’s “Georgia Gang” Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Hoover Republican says what? I met Dick Williams in the 1980s, when he was a columnist for the Atlanta newspaper and I was spokesman for the Georgia Public Service Commission. In the years since, I would sometimes watch his political show, “The Georgia Gang,” but I quit because life is short and the show was spiraling downward into unrelenting horribleness. In preparing to write this post, I pulled up the most recent episode on YouTube and watched long enough to see Williams rail against the New Deal. Williams also publishes The Crier, a weekly newspaper in Dunwoody, and all pretense of honest journalist aside, he’s covering Georgia’s hottest Senate race,…

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DeKalb Board of Elections sets up early voting, goes into sketchy executive session

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman UPDATE: The Board of Elections (presumably the staff) has relocated the Atlanta in DeKalb early voting site to the Bessie Branham Recreation Center, 2051 Delano Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30317. The Board  originally approved Coan Park Recreation Center. No reason given for the change. Big numbers During discussion, Executive Director Erica Hamilton said that the DeKalb Board of Elections has about 40,000 voter registration applications pending and is receiving absentee ballot requests at the rate of “about 500 a day.” Board Chairman Samuel Tillman called that “a good thing” because it would help alleviate lines at the polls on election day. Not sure how staff (there are only 15 or 16 full-timers) feels about that. Hamilton also said the Board…

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