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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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
It hasn't happened often, but what would happen if the electoral college vote and popular vote are split?
It's a close race, no doubt about that. The two presidential candidates are neck and neck in virtually every poll. If you look at the attached Electoral Map, you'll quickly see that the majority of states are red, but the number of electoral college votes go to President Obama. So what is this electoral college? The electoral college is a process, not a place, according to the U.S. National Archives. The electors are nominated at either their State party conventions or by votes from the state's central committee. According to the Archives, "Electors are often chosen to recognize service and dedication to their political party. They may be State-elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with…
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Oconee County residents who didn't already vote early will have the opportunity to cast ballots.
For Oconee County residents who did not take advantage of early voting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the day to head to the polls. To view your sample ballot and polling location info, click here to visit the My Voter Page login on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. You will need to enter the first initial of your first name, your last name, select Oconee from the drop-down menu and enter your birthday — month, day and year. If you are in City of Watkinsville, you can also vote in the special election to replace councilman Henry Norman who resigned because he moved outside of the city limits. Nicole Brooks, an Oconee County jailer, is running against picture framer Connie Massey. See also: Watkinsville Council Race Contested, Special …
Saturday, November 3, 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 …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Over 4,400 Oconee County, Ga. voters have already cast ballots ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.
More than 18 percent of eligible Oconee County voters have cast ballots so far in advance of the Nov. 6 General Election. Deputy registrar Carol Amos said Friday 4,460 ballots were cast in the first 10 days of early voting. Additionally, roughly 850 people have requested absentee ballots, she said. There are 23, 913 registered and eligible voters in Oconee County, including 1,792 inactive voters, Amos reported. Early voting continues on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the Board of Elections Office on Court Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next week, voters can report to both the Board of Elections Office and the Oconee County Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to vote in advance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Not surprisingly, Republican respondents said Mitt Romney won and Democrats said Barack Obama won. But Democratic respondents were much stronger in their opinion.
Your view of Monday night’s presidential debate on foreign policy may come down to who you already supported for president. A Patch flash poll of influential Republicans and Democrats in Georgia found that opinions on who won generally fell along party lines: Republicans thought Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner and Democrats thought President Barack Obama prevailed. It was a strong contrast to the first time the candidates faced off on Oct. 3, when the consensus of both parties was that Obama looked bored or annoyed and that Romney succeeded in presenting himself as presidential. Republican respondents said they felt Romney won the final debate, with 26.7 percent saying it was “by a wide margin” and 40 percent “by a slim margin.” Another …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday night was the final face-off for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney before the election. Who do you think won? And do you think it will affect the election?
The presidential candidates met tonight for their third and final debate in the campaign season. This time, the topic was foreign policy. What did you think of the discussion? Was anyone a clear winner? And will it affect the outcome of the election? Coming to us on a mobile device? If you can't see the blog above, you can review the discussion at this RSS feed.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A University of Georgia scientist has mounted a write-in campaign on behalf of the famous evolutionary scientist. Who will you pick?
Charles Darwin, the father of the science of evolution, can't speak for himself or run for Congress because he's not alive (and not an American citizen). But a University of Georgia scientist hopes supporting Darwin in a write-in campaign can help get U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA, booted from his position on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. UGA plant biologist Jim Leebens-Mack has started a Facebook page promoting Darwin as a fantasy alternative to Broun, who was recorded last month dismissing evolution and the Big Bang theory as "lies straight from the pit of hell." Leebens-Mack told the Associated Press that the write-in campaign isn't serious, but the AP reports people behind the movement hope enough support could goad …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Did either candidate get a bounce? Let us know what you think. And if you missed the debate, you can review the discussion on our live blog below.
Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama faced off for the second time on Tuesday. The candidates debated in a town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy. The debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The moderator was CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. Who do you think did the best job of making his case to the American people? Tell us what you think in the comments area below. See Also: So Who Won the First Presidential Debate? Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate: Who Won?