Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Did Barrow County residents vote how you expected? Tell us your thoughts on the results in comments.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
View election results for Barrow County's 16 voting precincts. These results are unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State's Office and do not include absentee and advance voting results. U.S. President Public Service Commissioner (to succeed Chuck Eaton) Public Service Commissioner (to succeed Stan Wise) U.S. Representative from the 10th Congressional District For State Senator from 47th District State Representative in the General Assembly from 114th District State Representative in the General Assembly from 116th District District Attorney of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit Judge of the Probate Court Clerk of Superior Court Sheriff Tax commissioner Coroner Chief Magistrate County Commission Chairman County …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …
Don't forget to vote today if you didn't vote in advance! Find your poll location and ballot summary in Barrow County, Ga.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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. 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 local Barrow County elections, check out the Barrow Election Guide here: barrow.patch.com/articles/barrow-election-guide. Subscribe to Barrow Patch’s newsletters, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.
Monday, November 5, 2012
It hasn't happened often, but what would happen if the electoral college vote and popular vote are split?
It's a close race, no doubt about that. The two candidates are neck and neck in virtually every poll. If you look at the attached Electoral Map, you'll quickly see that the majority of states are red, but the number of electoral college votes go to President Obama. So what is this electoral college? The electoral college is a process, not a place, according to the U.S. National Archives. The electors are nominated at either their state party conventions or by votes from the state's central committee. According to the Archives, "Electors are often chosen to recognize service and dedication to their political party. They may be State-elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the …
Election Day is today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Barrow County residents who didn't vote early will have the opportunity to cast ballots.
Monday, November 5, 2012
For Barrow County residents who did not take advantage of early voting, today, Nov. 6, is the day to head to the polls. To view your sample ballot and polling location info, click here to visit the My Voter Page login on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. You will need to enter the first initial of your first name, your last name, select Barrow from the drop-down menu and enter your birthday — month, day and year. View an overall sample ballot in the PDF file to the right of this text, in which all county races, regardless of district, are listed. Subscribe to Barrow Patch’s newsletters, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.
People have criticized the showing of "Seal Team Six," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying it is an attempt to help the president in his reelection bid. What do you think?
"Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," a made for TV movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, was shown Sunday night on the National Georgraphic Channel. Some have said it was an attempt to aid President Barack Obama in his reelection bid. According to a story in Reuters, however, a TV executive rejected the claims. Although ackowledging that the proximity of the election was not lost on them, David Lyle, chief executive of National Georgraphic Channel, told Reuters that it was shown because it was thought to be of interest to viewers. The movie chronicles the mission to kill OBL, something touted as one of the successes of the Obama presidency. Supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney have called it a "two-hour pro-Obama campaign …
Friday, November 2, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Early voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 2. with Election Day falling on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Barrow County voters have made good use of the opportunity to vote early this year with voting beginning last Saturday and continuing through this week. According to an article in the Barrow County News, Election Supervisor Monica Franklin is reporting that 9,253 people have voted so far in Barrow County. Across Georgia reports are indicating that 1,159,980 people have already cast their votes. Advance voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 2 with voting hours extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Early voting is available inside the Barrow County Board of Commissioners located at 233 E. Broad Street in Winder. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
And just who will be surprised?
Nobody expected the last days of the campaign to be impacted by anything but a man made October surprise – and there were many of those predicted. Donald Trump tried one on President Barack Obama last week, and that appears to have fallen flat. Attorney Gloria Allred has been hinting at one for Gov. Mitt Romney in recent days, but nobody appears to be very interested in that either. But Hurricane Sandy, now that was a surprise that nobody was expecting. As everybody hunkers down to withstand what is being described as “the storm of the century,” media outlets such as Bloomberg Business Week have been speculating on just how much of an impact the storm will have on the election and the two campaigns. While obviously the most critical issue …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Donald Trump is offering $5 million to a charity of President Barack Obama's choice if the president will release his passport applications and college records.
After a lot of hype about an announcement he had that would have a significant impact on the election, businessman and one-time potential candidate for president himself, Donald Trump, made his big announcement on Wednesday. It turned out to be not as much of an announcement as it was a challenge. On YouTube, Trump asked the president to release his college and passport applications and records. If he does, Trump pledged to donate $5 million dollars to the charity of Obama's choice. Well, OK then. A different kind of "October surprise," to say the least. So what do you think about Trump's announcement? Something likely to have an impact on the election, or just Trump's way of keeping his own name in the news?