Double trouble: Opponent Rhonda Taylor and residence challenge cast cloud over Rep. Vernon Jones’s re-election bid

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The residency challenge to Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones hasn’t generated many headlines during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s a big issue for DeKalb County and a serious threat to the legislator’s checkered political career, despite his claim that it’s “baseless and without merit.” Jones currently represents House District 91, which includes four precincts in the southeast corner of DeKalb, with most of its precincts in Rockdale, home to Democratic activist and veteran campaign worker Rhonda Taylor, Jones’s only challenger in the June 9 primary. Taylor ran against Jones in 2016 in a four-way race and forced a runoff, which Jones won with 54 percent of the vote to take his current seat. (He also served in the…

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Is Rep. Vernon Jones going to get kicked out of the Georgia House?

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The residency challenge to Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones hasn’t generated many headlines during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s a big issue for DeKalb County and a serious threat to the legislator’s checkered political career, despite his claim that it’s “baseless and without merit.” Jones currently represents House District 91, which includes four precincts in the southeast corner of DeKalb, with most of its precincts in Rockdale, home to Democratic activist and veteran campaign worker Rhonda Taylor, Jones’s only challenger in the June 9 primary. Taylor ran against Jones in 2016 in a four-way race and forced a runoff, which Jones won with 54 percent of the vote to take his current seat. (He also served in the…

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John Noel had something to say today, but Georgia’s State Board of Elections wasn’t listening

Above: Democratic Georgia Public Service Commission Candidate John Noel Read: John Noel makes a second run for Georgia Public Service Commission–this time in joint campaign with Robert Bryant By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman John Noel, a Democratic candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission, was prepared to speak when he came to the Georgia State Board of Election’s emergency hearing in Athens today. The Board was there to deal with what it saw as an insurrection: the decision by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections to toss the state’s system of oversized ballot-marking devices in favor of handmarked paper ballots. Noel had something to say on the issue of ballot secrecy. He’s concerned since he’ll be on the ballot in Clarke as well…

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State calls emergency hearing over Athens-Clarke call to go with handmarked paper ballots

Welcome to the machine and its big-ass screen By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman That didn’t take long. Late this afternoon, word went out from the Georgia State Board of Elections calling an emergency hearing regarding the Athens-Clarke County Board of Election’s Tuesday decision to toss the state’s new voting system and go with handmarked paper ballots. The local board based its decision on concerns over ballot secrecy due to the size of the ballot marking devices. They are large. So is the font used with them. They can be seen across the room. Maybe Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger should have noticed this before his office bought the machines. Or paid closer attention to Georgia’s pesky Constitution, which states “Elections by the people…

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Georgia elections officials plan to make a mockery of recounts. Today’s the last day to tell them “I see what you’re doing”

Photo hat tip @jennycohn1 Update: Surprise–the board didn’t listen to us. The State Election Board voted unanimously Friday to conduct recounts of Georgia’s new paper ballots with scanning machines instead of people: https://t.co/0mDYtxZJGT #gapol — Mark Niesse (@markniesse) February 28, 2020   Action item–Deadline TODAY: Submit written comments on Rule 183-1-15-.03 Optical Scan Recount Procedure by end of day Monday, February 17 to Jasmine Shannon, Secretary of State Elections Division 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE 8th Floor West Tower Atlanta GA 30334 or email to jshannon@sos.ga.gov The issue is scheduled for decision on Feb. 28 at the same address, Room 1816. Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. Hey Georgia: This proposed State Election Board rule is amazingly bad. You should do…

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Hey Georgia: This proposed State Election Board rule is amazingly bad. You should do something.

Photo hat tip @jennycohn1 Update: Suprise–they didn’t listen to us. The State Election Board voted unanimously Friday to conduct recounts of Georgia’s new paper ballots with scanning machines instead of people: https://t.co/0mDYtxZJGT #gapol — Mark Niesse (@markniesse) February 28, 2020   Action item–Deadline Monday: Submit written comments on Rule 183-1-15-.03 Optical Scan Recount Procedure by end of day Monday, February 17 to Jasmine Shannon, Secretary of State Elections Division 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE 8th Floor West Tower Atlanta GA 30334 or email to jshannon@sos.ga.gov. The issue is scheduled for decision on Feb. 28 at the same address, Room 1816. Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman You may have noticed elections officials in Georgia have problems running…

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