It’s still not clear why the Board of Elections couldn’t afford to keep precincts open,
closing more of them every year.
But after several days of finger pointing
this week, it looks like there will be funding to keep all the current
That’s good news, but if the fix was so easy, why was there ever a problem?
Oldest first, here’s a timeline of highlights.
Back on 10 March 2014,
Deb Cox spoke to the Lowndes County Commission
Board of Elections budget.
I just listened to that video again.
She did ask for more money for poll workers,
and there were comments about how early voting wasn’t revenue-neutral.
But I don’t see that she asked for money to keep precincts open,
or ever mentioned precincts closing.
One precinct off the list for closing, but what about others?
And what’s this about an unannounced change to the date of a
publicly-announced meeting of the Board of Elections?
After several people went to the 8 July 2014 Special Called Board of Elections
Meeting that I found in the VDT Public Notice listings,
and some of them talked to that board and to Lowndes County Commissioners,
apparently somebody listened.
According to Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox to
Lowndes County Democratic Party Elections Chair Dennis Marks 13 July 2014:
Mildred Hunter is not being considered for consolidation. Deb
However, she did not say what other precincts might
still be slated for consolidation.
Thank you, John for that accurate description of the most bizarre meeting
that I have ever attended.
Karen Noll and Dean Poling at the door
As I was not invited I remained at the door. Dean Polling came to
the door 10 minutes late because he’d been roaming around Rainwater
conference center with a few other folks before he found out the meeting
was located here. This meeting was held on the date that the CUEE had
given when it would unveil its education plan. So many assumed it would
be at the conference center and open to the public.(LOL)
The plan put together by the unnamed education task force a sub committee
of cuee pushed Levy into having it at VSU, when VSU has clearly stated
they are taking NO side!! So CUEE’s educational plan was presented before
the vote has been taken to an invited group at a public institution that
is staying out of the whole stinking affair. This is all to strange to
not ask why and who is behind this mess?
At the end when I told Myrna Ballard about the location
Here is one person’s opinion on the current expansion plan for the Lowndes County Commission. LAKE is also making available a
web page and an OpenOffice version of this statement.
LAKE will be happy to post other opinions on either side as part of citizen dialog for transparent process.
Vote NO on Expansion Referendum
Voters in Lowndes County are being asked in a referendum to vote YES or NO on expansion
of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners by the addition of two
Shall the governing authority of Lowndes County be
changed to a six-member board of commissioners to be composed of a
nonvoting chairperson and five voting district commissioners, three
of whom shall represent the existing three districts created by
dividing Lowndes County into three districts and two of whom shall
represent additional districts to be created by dividing Lowndes
County into two districts which shall overlay the three existing
Here is my
explanation of why I am voting NO and why I think you should vote NO