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Athens Board of Elections mishandling of Saturday early voting


On November 21st the Athens Board of Elections met to discuss the implementation of the judicial ruling regarding early voting on Saturday for the Senate Run-Off December 6th.  According to the discussion the Elections office on  Washington Street must be open and staffed during the operation of any polling place so that office will be open on November 26th however, that is also a game day and much  discussion involved how difficult it would be for anyone to get through game day traffic in order to vote at that location.  

To address this difficulty for Saturday voters three members of the board voted to open only the Eastside Miriam Moore polling place to accommodate east side voters.  One of the board members made the case that the downtown office would be too difficult for the East side voters hence Miriam Moore.

What about West Athens voters?  Did the board really think it would be easier for West Athens voters to get to the downtown location on a game day to vote?   Did they think only East side voters would be interested  in early voting on a Saturday?   If they could only staff one polling place for the Saturday voting why did they not choose a central location equally accessible to both East side and West side voters?  

Statistics from the Board of Elections Office indicate the Miriam Moore location as one of the lowest volume polling places and yet the the board voted 3 to 2 to accommodate East Side voters while while making no accomodation for West Athens Saturday voters.  

The Board's selection of the East side location as the only Saturday voting site outside of downtown on a game day effectively excludes the rest of Athens voters whom unless I am mistaken this board is supposed to represent. 


Donna Carter

Athens 


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So where was Jesse to push for a Saturday Westside voting location?? ACC Commissioners have districts ..they are not at large like Oconee


Maybe he was out working on the Fowler Mill Bridge ?


Or cooking ideas with mall developers ?


(I thought all that was supposed to happen in official public meetings not one off unofficial town halls… )


Jesse for Athens is a misnomer to me ..Jesse is for Jesse it looks like to me


He lost The 6th , was installed as the loser by law..not elected when Naismith unfortunately passed


Jesse voted yes on : Commissioners near 100% pay raise $ 400,000 public toilet with 40 grand a year forever maintenance cost that will increase o…


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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Nov 25, 2022

This is the same group that post on website and social media that the open public meet was “rescheduled “ and a small group of insider were assembled to have this meeting to certify the election in the cover of darkness.

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Don Fitzgerald
Don Fitzgerald
Nov 25, 2022
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Hey Scott, Did you ever get any answers about you suppressed votes ?

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Don Fitzgerald
Don Fitzgerald
Nov 25, 2022

If you live in Athens and think any part of the political system cares about your thoughts or concerns matter to them. I'm afraid your gravely mistaken...They feed off the poor, the homeless and the less fortunate for their benefits only....The world is changing folks, we should take notice ! Follow the money

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tbeyet
tbeyet
Nov 25, 2022

Clearly voter suppression...

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