Where can you vote on Tuesday May 20th,
Election Day for the Special Election for Lowndes County
Commission District 5, for the Lowndes County Board of Education,
for the elections for judges, and for the primaries for the Georgia
statehouse, statewide offices, and U.S. Congress?
Yes, precincts have changed yet again,
but you can find your polling place in
My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Or you can zoom and pan on the
VALOR GIS Election Boundary Map.
Whichever way you find your polling place,
it’s time to get out and vote.
If we don’t, why should Atlanta pay any attention to us poor rural
“People would have a lot more confidence in the government
if they understood it and they could see it happen,”
said Gretchen Quarterman this morning on drive-time radio.
She used last night’s
Brookhaven apartment building rezoning public hearing in
Lake Park to illustrate: local landowners have property rights and
there was a lack of communication between the developers
of a proposed apartment building, the Lake Park city government,
and the neighbors.
Cobb EMC lost a
court-ordered special election yesterday by 2561 to 1113,
Take Back Cobb EMC’s facebook page.
That was the vote against mail-in voting,
because the insurgents believe mail-in voting helps incumbent directors win
It’s Cobb EMC’s incumbent directors who want to build a coal plant in
Ben Hill County,
about 70 miles north of here.
There are two questions in the form of proposed bylaw amendments to be
decided by members Saturday: (1) whether to allow mail-in voting for
directors, and (2) whether to prohibit payment of retirement benefits
Reform groups Cobb EMC Owners Association, Take Back Cobb EMC and Cobb
EMC Watch strongly oppose allowing mail-in voting until new directors
are elected. They argue that mail-in voting would give an overwhelming
advantage to incumbent directors with unlimited EMC member funds at
their disposal in campaigning for re-election versus the very limited
funds available to challengers.
“The historical evidence of mail-in voting shows that it favors the
incumbents over challengers,” Cobb EMC Watch says. “It gives the
corporation tremendous leverage to manipulate and influence the voting
process. The corporation can use its much greater financial resources
to back its slate of candidates.”
Former Council Member Jeff Spradley in the audience
At their 3 May 2011 meeting, the
Lake Park City Council
acknowledged that one of their number had moved out of the
city limits and resigned, so they had to decide whether
to hold a special election or just wait until the November
After long deliberation, which seemed to be decided by the
precedent of Dasher going ahead with a special election,
Lake Park decided this:
Mayor Walter K. Sandlin,
Council Member Ronald Carter,
Council Member Eric Schindler,
City Attorney Rob Plumb,
Mayor Pro-Tem Council Member Paul Mulkey
Due to the resignation of Council Member Spradley
a Special Election will be held
September 20, 2011 to fill the vacancy.
Qualifying period will open on June 1st and end
12 noon on June 3rd.
There is a qualifying fee of $54.00.
We have no wards. All positions are “at large”.
For more information please contact us at
So if you live in Lake Park and you want to run, you need
to qualify by noon today.
Mayor Sandlin predicted there would be multiple qualifiers.
We’ll see how it goes.
Incidentally, the entire council is up for election in November,
including whoever wins the special election will have to run again in November
if they want to stay on the council.
In that and other business, it is quite interesting watching this city council
interact rather informally with citizens, yet taking some care
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