Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Georgia's voting goes until 7 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close two hours later.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Georgia voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in key swing states ends as much as two hours after that, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. E.T. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Nevada, the final swing state that could prove as pivotal as Iowa, closes its voting at 10 p.m. E.T. As long as you make it to the polls by 7 p.m., you'll be able to vote in Georgia. They won't close the lines until the last voter has cast his or her ballot. …
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 …
Republican-heavy Gwinnett County came out in large numbers
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Results Updated 2 a.m., Wednesday Gwinnett County voters provided few surprises on Election Day. They came out in large numbers, voted mostly Republican and provided several lopsided outcomes. Nearly 75 percent of the county's registered voters casted their ballots, more than five percentage points better than the 2008 turnout. Gwinnettians voted for Gov. Mitt Romney for president, for incumbents in 11 races, including three Board of Education candidates, and in favor of the controversial Public Charter School Amendment (by a 63% to 37% margin), which drew similar margins elsewhere in the state. U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (R, District 7) and Hank Johnson (D, District 4) had sizable leads among their Gwinnett constituents as they …
During last Wednesday's appearance at a lunch sponsored by the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce, Woodall discussed the approaching fiscal cliff.
Congressman Rob Woodall (R) spoke to local business men and women during last Wednesday's Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce 'Lunch and Learn' at Tom Kashi Insurance. Focusing on the national debt and the future economy of our children, he offered a vivid presentation of our nation's fiscal cliff – something that neither Democrat nor Republican has a solid plan on avoiding. “We're working pretty hard here in the weeks before the election,” said Woodall. “This is the window when all the American people are paying attention!” According to Woodall, spending money we don't have is not new. As a nation, we are currently $16 trillion in debt. To bring that point home, he offered some insight into what it would take to lose just one trillion …
Monday, November 5, 2012
You may need a coat and umbrella at the polls Tuesday.
Take a warm jacket and an umbrella with you to the Election Day polls, because it's not going to be voting weather Tuesday. Forecasters say temperatures will start in the mid-40s and rise only into the low-50s while Gwinnett County voters are at the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oh yeah, and it’s probably going to rain, too. WeatherBug, the source for weather information on Patch sites, says there will be an 80-percent of rain well into the early morning hours, before the chances diminish to 40 percent for the rest of the day. Weather.com puts the rain chance at 60 percent at 7 a.m., falling to 20 percent later in the afternoon. See also:
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 …
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in Snellville, Ga.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. For details and articles about every candidate in Snellville, check out Patch's Election Guide here.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The number of early voters surpasses 2008 numbers by tens of thousands.
Despite extremely long wait times on Saturday for early voters -- up to 8 hours at the Centerville Community Center -- more voters have been able to cast their ballot early than in the last presidential election. Joe Sorenson, Gwinnett County's Communication Director, said that a total of 50,054 Gwinnett voters cast their ballots early during the 2008 election. As of yesterday, 76,955 have already voted, and that doesn't include those who voted by mail. And while the wait times were long, people were moving through quicker this year than during the last election, according to Sorenson. In 2008, 10,720 people voted at the Centerville location. As of yesterday, 9,734 residents in that precinct had already voted. One of the reasons for the …
Dr. Mary Kay Murphy now has almost $14,000 in cash contributions. She is being challenged by Jen Falk of Berkeley Lake.
Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, the Gwinnett Board of Education District III member who is seeking re-election, has pulled in more campaign contributions. As of the Sept. 30 reporting period, Murphy, a Peachtree Corners resident, has about $13,900 in cash contributions, according to state records. The latest reports show some major contributions to Murphy's campaign, including a $2,500 by GCAE Fund for Public Education of Snellville and a $1,000 donation by Ty and Stephanie Hanna of Duluth. Their business is listed as Galaxy Capital. Loretta Christoper, a Peachtree Corners City Council member, contributed $300 to Murphy. District III includes North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Duluth and Norcross high schools. Murphy, a Republican, is being challenged …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Snellville and other Gwinnett County voters have until Nov. 2 to take advantage of the early voting period.
There's been a rush of Gwinnett voters who have taken advantage of the chance to cast their votes early in the upcoming presidential elections on Nov. 6. As of Oct. 29, some 40,666 Gwinnett County residents have cast their votes during the early voting period and another 11,032 have cast their votes by mail, according to Joe Sorenson, spokesman for the county. A total of 19,872 had requested a mail in ballot, which means nearly 9,000 voters have yet to mail their ballots. "We expect the remaining ballots to start coming in a flurry," said Sorenson. In the 2008 presidential elections, 50,024 Gwinnett voters cast their votes early while another 31,807 voted by mail. This year Gwinnett voters have until Friday, Nov. 2, to take advantage of …