DeKalb Commission moves ahead with Board of Elections audit

Above: Line for early voting at Tucker Library, Oct. 27, 2019 Jonathan Grant @Brambleman DeKalb’s Board of Registrations and Elections is in drastic need of an upgrade–increased staffing and technological improvements, obviously. It has operational and leadership issues as well, as people who deal with the Board can attest. And did. Eight DeKalb residents showed up today to speak in favor of an audit and election reform. One of today’s speakers, Whitney McGinniss, made the news last fall over her absentee ballot issues in DeKalb and provided a brief recount today. As a regular Board observer, I had a few things to say, as well (see below). The audit proposal for the Board, moved forward by DeKalb County Commissioners Larry Johnson and Mereda…

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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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Before Randolph County, Mike Malone was referred to AG’s office by State Elections Board

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The local Board of Elections has come under fire for its plan to shut down 7 of 9 polling places in majority-black Randolph County in Southwest Georgia, infamous for its history of voter suppression and racial discrimination. I found this while working on an upcoming post. In the meantime, here’s background coverage Download pdf  Board of Elections Transcript of Greene County-Mike Malone Case From Minutes of Georgia Board of Elections meeting September 20th, 2017 Complaints of vote buying and early tabulation during 2015, Special Election, Greene County Georgia; Elections Supervisor Mike Morgan. Link to transcript: https://bit.ly/2OWzd5p Note: The record reflects that SoS Brian Kemp was not in attendance at the time this case was called, heard, and decided. Malone makes no…

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Randolph County: Complaints of vote buying, early tabulation in Mike Malone-supervised election

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The local Board of Elections has come under fire for its plan to shut down 7 of 9 polling places in majority-black Randolph County in Southwest Georgia, infamous for its history of voter suppression and racial discrimination. I found this while working on an upcoming post. In the meantime, here’s background coverage Download pdf  Board of Elections Transcript of Greene County-Mike Malone Case From Minutes of Georgia Board of Elections meeting September 20th, 2017 Complaints of vote buying and early tabulation during 2015, Special Election, Greene County Georgia; Elections Supervisor Mike Morgan. Link to transcript: https://bit.ly/2OWzd5p Note: The record reflects that SoS Brian Kemp was not in attendance at the time this case was called, heard, and decided. Malone makes no…

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DeKalb early vote plan cuts out Tucker Rec Center, Northlake Saturday voting

(Originally published March 9, 2018) By Jonathan Grant In today’s meeting, the DeKalb County Board of Elections discussed but did not vote on a staff Early Voting plan for the May 22 primary. The big news: Tucker Rec Center is out as an EV site, and two Saturdays and one Sunday of early voting are proposed. Tucker also comes up short for advanced early voting, since early voting at Tucker Library will be available during the last week of early voting, May 14-18. In addition, there would be no Saturday voting for Tucker. It also looks like the Stonecrest/Lithonia area is getting shortchanged on advanced early voting, with the nearest polls 10-15 miles away. . The Board will approve an early voting…

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HB 680: Georgia lawmakers make bipartisan push for paper ballots

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Six state representatives–three from each party–have cosponsored House Bill 680, which would abolish Georgia’s shaky electronic voting system and replace it with one utilizing more secure paper ballots. Recent security breaches, hacking threats, and a constant stream of news about Russian attempts to interfere with U.S. elections have made this move necessary, although Georgia’s hyperpartisan Secretary of State Brian Kemp–who happens to be running for Governor–has been reluctant to admit faults or make changes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the bill’s effective date is January 1, 2019. I hope there’s a will and a way to push this measure forward to at least have an effect on November’s elections … but Nooooo. Damn. In…

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