Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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It's amazing what you can discover when you do a little research.
I've been taking to heart the many Facebook and Twitter pleas to dig into the candidates and really discover what's behind their campaigns. After hours sitting in front of Google, exhaustively typing in millions of search word permutations, I've finally arrived at some of the most shocking discoveries about both candidates that I could've never imagined (and some of which I actually did imagine). For instance: - Did you know Mitt Romney's been married to the same woman for, like, a long time? And same thing with Barack Obama? - Did you know that both men have personal, religious faith that guides them? And still some people see both as godless? - This one blew my mind: both guys seem to wear suits. A lot. Creepy, right? - Both candidates …
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 …
Scott Holcomb had a prominent Democrat step down so he could run for the seat. Meanwhile, Chris Boedecker flashed a few bare-knuckled tactics to win.
Update: 10:32; Race could be out for Boedecker. Boedecker 45 percent vs. 55 percent for Holcomb with 55 percent. Update: 9:35 p.m;Race tightens a bit. Boedecker 43.5 perecent vs. 56.4 for Holcomb. 9,695 votes counted. Still a wide margin. 60 percent is a whooping Update: 9:00 p.m.; In the state House 81 race, Holcomb leads Boedeker 57% to 43% with 5 of 16 precincts in that race reporting.Holcomb looking good. Our reporter at DeKalb election central reporting that in-person absentee votes for House District 81: 6,020 votes total; Boedeker, 2,626 votes and 43.6 percent; Holcomb, 3,389 votes and 56.30 percent. Tucker, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven’s hotly contested legislative election started in a unorthodox manner. Georgia's …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary here in Tucker.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy. For details and articles about candidates in the Tucker area, click here
A total of 161,095 people cast early votes for the 2012 election, compared to 173,064 in 2008. The reason: the early voting period was longer in 2008.
There was a big rush of early voting last Friday, but overall fewer DeKalb County voters cast early ballots in this presidential election compared to 2008. Here are the numbers from the DeKalb Office of Voters Registration and Elections website. Early votes include mail-in votes and ballots cast in person. Patch asked DeKalb Elections Director Mary France Weeks why the numbers changed. This is her emailed response. Actually, the daily numbers were higher this year. In 2008, early voting lasted 45 days – in 2012 it was reduced to 21 days. In 2008, we only had one early voting site for the full 45 day period – our main office on Memorial Drive. In 2012, we had two areas in our main office, plus two additional satellite sites for the full…
Final day of presidential campaign shows neither Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in the lead.
With only one day until Election Day 2012, it's clear that this presidential race is one of the tightest this country has ever experienced with neither President Barack Obama nor Gov. Mitt Romney having a strong lead. In a Sunday (Nov. 4) article, USA Today reports that it's just too close to call. "The average of polls compiled by the Real Clear Politics website gives Obama a lead of 0.2 percent in the popular vote -- 47.4% to 47.2%. That would leave 5.4% undecided." Real Clear Politics now lists 11 states as toss-ups, totaling 146 electoral votes." To win the presidency, it's electorial votes that decide the outcome, making swing states such as Ohio and Virginia, which are more evenly decided among Democratic and Republican voters, …
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 necessary …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Early voting for the general election ends today, Nov. 2, in Tucker and elsewhere.
Voters who are itching to cast their ballots in the general election of Nov. 6 can still do so today, Nov. 2, at numerous locations in Metro Atlanta, and of course, right here in Tucker. The Tucker Recreation Center, at 4898 LaVista Road, is open until 7 p.m. for early voting purposes. After today, you will only be able to vote next Tuesday. Other advance voting precincts can be found by going to the Secretary of State's website. Did you vote early? And why? Tell us in the comments-
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tucker's only contested legislative race has become a fierce contest between one of the Democratic Party's rising stars and a GOP contender who hopes to unseat him.
With less than a week to go before the Nov. 6 election, Tucker's only contested legislative race continues to be fought on the ground between incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb and his GOP opponent, Chris Boedeker. The road for both candidates to this point in the race has been bumpy and marked by controversy. Holcomb, who represents District 81, became the de facto incumbent earlier this year, when Elena Parent, who represented District 80, chose not to run for re-election. Both districts were merged into one single District 81 by legislative Republicans when Georgia's legislative maps were redrawn to conform to new census numbers. On the Republican side, Boedeker defeated Carla Roberts in the July 31 GOP primary. That contest was filled …