Thursday, November 8, 2012
Share your thoughts on the matter in our Question of the Week comment section below.
Months of campaigning, complaining and one-upping have lead us to this week during which we choose a President to carry us through the next four years. But, some have questioned the ability of either side to clean up what's been deemed "a mess." What do you think? Are the issues more likely to be resolved by one party or the other? Will the American people fair better over the next four years because of this election?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Incumbents retain seats; charter school amendment passes.
While Johns Creek didn't have much in the way of local elections this year, voters turned out on Tuesday to cast their ballots for the Presidential race and proposed charter school amendment. While Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Georgia as expected, President Barack Obama remained the country's leader. Georgia's charter school amendment passed, giving the state the power to approve public charter schools. Johns Creek's State House Rep. Lynne Riley (R-District 50) ran unopposed, as did State Sen. David Shafer (R-District 48). State Sen. Johns Albers (R-District 56), who represents a small portion of Johns Creek, defeated Democrat challenger Akhtar Sadiq. In Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-District 6) faced down a …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Secretary of State says Fulton was not prepared for Election Day.
According to an 11Alive news report, the Georgia Secretary of State's office plans to investigate the Fulton Elections Board following numerous voter complaints on Tuesday. Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the county could face fines for not being properly prepared for the elections. Following the 2008 Presidential election, Fulton faced $120,000 in fines. Sharon Mitchell, Fulton's interim elections director, said in a news conference that Tuesday's problems were not as widespread as in other years. The allegations follow a day when Fulton County sent out several Tweets imploring voters to remain patient and assuring that anyone in line by 7 p.m. would get to vote. At 2:30 p.m., the county sent out the following notice that it was …
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Some think celebrities are treated differently when they vote, what do you think?
Fulton County says superstar Usher was a model citizen when he voted in Roswell on Tuesday, though not everyone agrees. Local resident Alan Christian told Roswell Patch that the international celebrity was able to skip past long lines of waiting voters with his own photographers in tow, despite posted signs that prohibit pictures and videos to be taken in the polling area. "They let anyone 75 and above to front of line; no problem there," wrote Christian in an e-mail to Roswell Patch. "In walks Usher, they take him to the front of the line. He has someone there taking pictures of him and video, then he walks in front of everyone to the voting booth. He pulls out his camera and starts taking pictures of himself voting." Bob Giordano, a …
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Do you know where you should go to cast your vote? Here's how to find out.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. Another option is the "My Voter Page" on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. It provides a portal that will not only tell you where to go to cast your ballot and when the polls are open (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), but a link to directions to your polling place, and links to which local, state and national candidates are up for election in your district as well as a sample ballot. Once you go to the page, follow the prompts to enter your first initial, last name, county and birthday, and then hit submit. During the year…
Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Tuesday's ballot includes a Georgia constitutional amendment to re-establish a state commission to approve charter schools. Your job is to decide if that's a good idea.
There aren't a lot of statewide issues on the ballot Nov. 6, but one has the potential to affect school districts, parents and children throughout Georgia. It's Amendment 1, and the ballot will say it "Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options." The question voters will answer "yes" or "no" to is, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" So what does a yes vote mean? If the amendment passes, the state will create a commission that can approve charter schools in local communities, even if local school boards oppose them. Supporters of the amendment believe this is …
Here are county's final early voting tallies.
The following graph was provided by Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections and is an update of its early voting totals, which includes grand totals for the early voting period. In Fulton County, 152,563 voters cast early ballots, including 24,284 at Ocee Library in Johns Creek. All voters in line by 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, were able to cast their ballots. Location Number of Voters (Nov. 2) Polls Closing Time GRAND TOTALS (Oct. 15 through Nov. 2) Adamsville Recreation Center 2649 10:15 PM 28,897 Buckhead Library 1905 9:15 PM 20,853 Government Center 2867 8:00 PM 19,803 North Service Center 2067 10:35 PM 24,411 Ocee Library 2410 10:30 PM 24,284 South Service Center 2988 9:45 PM 34,315 Total Number of Voters 14,886 152,…