Late Monday, Fulton County Elections Board certified ballots cast in last week’s primaries – becoming the last county in the state to do so. The board acknowledged some irregularities but declaring that no results were in doubt:
The Board directed its legal counsel to determine if there was any possibility that the misassignment of voters in the affected districts could have affected the outcome of any election. The answer was no. Using the most extreme assumptions, i.e., that every misallocated voter voted, and that they all voted for the second place candidate in both of the effected contested primary elections, the winning candidate would have still won with a majority of the vote.
In an interview with Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he would continue an investigation into the county’s performance:
Now, almost certainly this is a computer tabulation error, but one thing that Kemp might look at is Fulton County Precinct 1C2, which has a single registered voter, but now officially reports 233 ballots cast – for a Tuesday turnout of 23,300 percent.
And people say the American sense of civic duty is disappearing.
But Fulton County’s isn’t the only vote-counting operation up for scrutiny after last week. From today’s Marietta Daily Journal:
“Cherokee County was at 67 percent reported before we had the first votes uploaded,” [Elections board vice chairman Rob]Garcia said. “I got a lot of smart-alecky emails saying, ‘Are you counting those by hand?’”
Elections director Janine Eveler said the first results were uploaded at 8:52 p.m. but couldn’t be seen online until after 9:30 p.m., nearly three hours after the polls were to close.
Also in today’s MDJ, the boys behind the Around Town column report that Tim Lee, the incumbent chairman of the Cobb County Commission, has ducked at least two debates with Republican runoff rival Bill Byrne, who’s attempting to reclaim his old job:
On Sunday, Jill Flamm, president of the East Cobb Civic Association, emailed Byrne, telling him that she had cancelled a chairman candidate forum because Lee had refused to participate….
In addition, in a Monday afternoon email to MDJ editorial page editor Joe Kirby, Lee declined to participate in an MDJ-sponsored debate with Byrne next week, which would have been carried live by TV 23.
Also in the works: We’ve heard that the Atlanta Press Club is contemplating a series of televised debates featuring commission chairmanship races in Cobb, Henry, and Clayton counties. Taping would be Aug. 15, with the debates to be aired by WPBA (Channel 30) over the weekend before the runoff vote on Aug. 21.
Over at Georgia Unfiltered, Andre Walker reports that the Fulton County Commission has approved a deal that will allow Charlotte to tap the sheriff’s office for manpower during the Democratic National Convention next month:
From August 28th through September 7th, nine Fulton County Sheriff’s officials will assist with law enforcement duties. The bill for their room, board, and transportation will be paid for by the City of Charlotte.
Republican members of the Fulton commission abstained from the vote on the contract.
The run-up to this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on illegal immigration laws passed by states saw a measured decrease in legislation passed at that level – so says the Associated Press:
State legislatures passed 20 percent fewer immigration laws in the first half of this year than at the same time last year, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Lawmakers in 41 states enacted 114 bills and 92 resolutions that dealt with immigration between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, compared with 257 such laws enacted during the same time period last year, according to the report released on Monday.
States delayed immigration legislation in part as they waited for the Supreme Court to rule on the states’ authority to enforce immigration laws, said John Watkins, a Republican state senator in Virginia who co-chairs the conference’s Task Force on Immigration and the States….
Six states — Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia — enacted laws that dealt with the E-Verify program, which requires businesses to check the legal status of their employees, according to the report.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider