Democrats in Dekalb County have once again unified to alter "voting requirements" for the run-0ff election in June for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. This time the fight is about the number of early voting locations. Dekalb offered two locations for voters in the Dekalb portion of the 6th District. The early voting time frame is generally set by the Secretary of State's office and each county Election supervisor, along with his or her board, sets the times, locations, and number of polling places. Typically the election date is set by the State or Federal governments allowing counties to conduct early voting as they see fit. Early voting allows the electorate to vote, as an absentee ballot, before election day. This is often referred to as "advance voting." Advance voting is a privileged at the discretion of the county election supervisor and is not required by law. The only voting requirement in the State of Georgia is commonly referred to as "election day."
The race for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia did not result in the win the unified Democrats had hoped for and true to form they are blaming the results on the lack of early voting stations, this time. If you recall, it was widely reported that after the loss of the presidential race, democrats made accusations that Republicans somehow changed the results. This included a great deal of attention on the Electoral process, a constitutional provision that ensures each state is equally represented to select the President of the United States. Many years ago, the Republicans in Dekalb County also called upon the Democrat election board to increase the number of early voting stations and the request was met with ridicule citing reasons such as it only favored Republicans. "How ironic that I complained about early voting several years ago only in primarily Dem areas and these same people were outraged. Like redistricting the hypocrisy continues by the Dem party. Now they want voter registration opened for the runoff - seriously" Fran Millar, Georgia State Senator.
Dekalb County is no stranger to controversy nor fraud in the local government that typically favors preferred candidates at the polls. In an ironic twist, Dekalb Democrats have amassed and petitioned the board for more early voting locations, the same complaint Republicans had and petitioned for several years ago. Residents packed the meeting of the Dekalb Board of Elections earlier this week to express their concerns, complete with "information packs" for each board member. "The eyes of the world and all of Dekalb County voters are on this election," said Melanie Manning, of Dunwoody. "The goal is to get as many people possible in the runoff election."
“The lack of early voting sites suppressed votes south of Dunwoody, and we look forward to opening more,” he said. “This is a nonpartisan issue. It’s about making it easier to vote at a time when people are going to be traveling.” John Ernst-Democrat, Mayor Brookhaven
"People are excited to vote. They're excited in a way I've never seen before in my life," Rick Levy of Brookhaven. "Let's reward that excitement" by making voting even easier. More than 24% of ballots cast before the special election cast early ballots.
Dekalb County, in addition to being a democrat strong-hold, is well known for voter fraud. You read that correctly, voter fraud. Several churches in Dekalb County have "political outreach directors". For example, Teresa Hard, Salem Bible Church "Our church has a vast 12-county membership base" and at a candidate forum on October 20th, she stated to a candidate "I tell them how to vote, and I got you so don't worry". She is also the leader of the EVIP Ministry "Early Voting in The Pews".
This role's primary objective is to "assist in voter registration and education". The translation is that they register as many people to vote and fill out their absentee ballots for them. They further use church resources, such as buses and vans, to take people to the polls. This is a wide-spread practice and it appear as though the Democrats continue to go unchecked in this practice. In fact, it was the Democrats of Dekalb that pushed for, short of a federal lawsuit, for "mandatory Sunday voting". This led to ease of the larger, mostly African-American, churches to get people to the polls. Churches are often designated as 501c3 organizations and are prohibited from taking a partisan stand or assist in politics in any way, including the display of yard signs. You are challenged to attend any large, African-American church in Dekalb, or the 4th Congressional District, near election time and observe how much "politics from the pulpit" pastors routinely preach.
The EVIP program and similar in other churches is the reason for the announcement by interim CEO of Dekalb Lee May named October 26th as the inaugural "sunday voting". As reported by the AJC on September 6, 2014:
"Other vote-generating efforts that DeKalb officials will announce include the opening of an early-voting station within the Gallery at South DeKalb. The mall is one of the most heavily trafficked venues in the county, dominated by African-American shoppers.
The polling station within the Gallery at South DeKalb will be among three open on the last Sunday in October. Think busloads of churchgoers, perhaps from the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, pastored by Bishop Eddie Long, turning the day into a social event.
In an interview late this week, May didn’t deny that this would be a result. “I encourage everybody to be as creative as they can to get voters to the polls,” he said.
The DNC, who cheated one candidate out of the presidential nomination, facilitated debate questions to be given to candidate Hillary Clinton in advance of the debate, and the party that cries foul at any redistricting attempts that may impact political party's voting strength, is now calling on Dekalb County to accommodate one political party.
NNN Opinion's: If voting is so important, and this race is so important to one political party, wouldn't the loyal party members make every effort to vote on election day? A follow-up story is currently being worked on that proves the easier that you make something for someone, the more it is taken for granted. A sneak preview of that story: Since early voting in Georgia, the voter turn-out has actually declined. Democrats have a long-history of voter fraud, from "absentee ballots" from hospice patients, voting for a voter at the poll, and when they get results they do not want their last resort is to cost tax payers in legal procedures and gain social media support behind mis-truths such as "voting right violations" and "civil right violations". In the end, it is the duty of each citizen to be registered to vote and exercise that vote. This sacred tradition and constitutional right came to us at the cost of bloodshed, men and women across the globe protecting this freedom, and for the purpose of leaving the power of the government into the hands of her citizens; me and you. It is time for rules to be followed, civility in politics to make a "come back", and for citizens to rise up and cast a ballot for the candidate that will best represent him or her- no protecting a political party, not for the benefits found through nepotism, nor for the misguided label given to Republicans of "dimly lit back room deals over scotch". The cost of our freedom and that of Liberty is too great to throw on a bus of political operatives, increasing the cost to tax payers for voting, all for one choice of the party's chosen candidate. In the race for the 6th - from the party of "equality" and "diversity" and "the working man"- that choice is an establishment, white, privileged kid who does not live in the 6th, nor has ever voted in a Georgia election.