Major Georgia voting snafu has robbed 100s of votes from Rep. Scott Holcomb for years

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Going back at least to 2012, a major error by either Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp‘s office or the DeKalb County Board of Elections has put nearly 700 voters who should be in Democratic Rep. Scott Holcomb’s House District 81 in (up until recently) safe Republican House District 79. Bear in mind, Doraville North is a reliably blue precinct, giving Democratic candidates hefty majorities. Jon Ossoff took Doraville North last year with 75 percent of the vote. These voters would have increased Holcomb’s victory margin in 2016 by about 200, and they are even more crucial in a mid-term election, when turnout is typically lower. Here’s what happened: A portion of Doraville North extends east past Buford Highway around…

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It’s Sunday — Vote in DeKalb County today!

Sorry, Fran. There will be Sunday voting in DeKalb (but Tucker Rec is out) This has been a low turnout election, so far. The vote totals the DeKalb Board of Elections posted for Saturday are grim.  But hey, we can vote today!  Check out this resource: DeKalb County Voter Guide. Here’s a list of early voting sites and times: Only Dunwoody Library, the Board of Elections office, and South DeKalb Mall are open for voting today. But this is cool:    

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Big crowd at ACLU of Georgia’s annual membership meeting

Look at us! Big crowd the ACLU of Georgia annual membership meeting tonight in Atlanta. Onstage, an old acquaintance from my days at the PSC, Robert Remar, accepts the group’s Lifetime Service Award. Rob represented poverty-rights groups in utility proceedings before the commission back in the 1980s, and the commissioners thought so highly of him they hired him as an administrative hearing officer for transportation cases. In accepting his well-deserved award, Rob talked about watching the national ACLU go from facing a $30 million deficit to achieving a $50 million surplus, thanks to Donald Trump. Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU National Voting Rights Project, delivered the keynote address. BTW, ACLU Georgia’s executive director is Andrea Young, daughter of former Atlanta Mayor…

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2018 Georgia Primaries: DeKalb Early Voting Schedules

Download DeKalb Early Voting schedule for May 22 Georgia Primaries Yesterday, the DeKalb County Board of Elections set the early voting schedules for May 22 primaries. Three sites (above) will open for voting April 30 and will be open on Sunday, May 6 and on two Saturdays, May 5 and 12. Other sites (below) will be open the week of May 14 only. Tucker Rec is out as an EV site, but may come back for November’s general election.  Read coverage.      

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Sorry, Fran. There will be Sunday voting in DeKalb (but Tucker Rec is out)

UPDATE: Download the complete early voting schedule from the DeKalb Board of Elections website. Despite public protest over the proposed shuttering of Tucker Recreation Center as an early voting site, the DeKalb Board of Elections voted today to approve staff’s early voting plan, which included a break away from using the center. So, no advance early voting starting April 30 in Tucker, although Tucker Library will open for voting May 14-18. After discussion, the Board voted 4-0 to approve Director Erica Hamilton’s proposal, which remained unchanged from the staff plan put forward at last month’s meeting. There will be only three advance early voting polling locations opening April 30: Dunwoody Library and the Board’s Memorial Drive offices will keep 7 a.m.-7 p.m.…

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Reps. Scott Holcomb, Scot Turner: We need to upgrade vote machines

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Georgians should rally behind Reps. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) and Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) and their request for funding to upgrade the state’s voting systems. Read their letter to Governor Deal They state it will cost $21,000,000. I’d say that vote security in the age of Russian Influence would be a bargain at any price. What could possibly stand in their way? Oh yeah. Brian Kemp. Georgia’s Secretary of State thinks everything’s hunky-dory, except for the constant attacks by liberals on the sanctity of the vote. How did he not get Pants on Fire for that one? Well, I’m giving him one. A Secretary of State shouldn’t go around saying bombastic things about voters all the time, but that’s what…

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