Election Day Open Thread

I don’t get to vote but there are elections going on today.

Peach Punditeers Bill Greene, Kellie Weeks, Jay Melvin and Jeff Sexton are all on the ballot somewhere.

Consider this your open thread.


  1. B Balz says:

    Best to PP candidates, all of whom deserve credit for their desire to engage in the pol arena.

    The phrases:

    “No good deed goes unpunished”, and
    “The only voter you can be 100% sure about is the one that says they are voting against you”

    come to mind.

      • Jeff says:

        Wait a second… I had MONEY to spend on this campaign???? πŸ˜€

        Seriously, next campaign, fundraising is number 1 thing I have to add into the mix! πŸ˜€

  2. Joshua Morris says:

    Today, I’m especially rooting for:

    – Kellie Weeks: Gainesville City School Board, Ward 1.

    – Kris Yardley: Flowery Branch City Council, Post 3.

    All the best to every Punditeer on the ballot. I hope we run the table.

  3. John Konop says:

    I voted three times for Kellie Weeks and I do not even live in the district. I am not sure if my e-mail votes will even be counted. GOOD LUCK KELLIE!

  4. Romegaguy says:

    I cant believe nobody is talking about Austin Scott’s Twitter against Karen Handel or the robo-calls about Mary Norwood…

    • ByteMe says:

      What is it about politicians that they have to wait until a microphone is turned on nearby before saying something really stupid? Why can’t they just keep “stupid” to themselves?

  5. If you live in their district, please get out and vote (take your neighbors with you) for the following good people and known supporters of the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

    Thank you, for your and their support.

    Link to more information on these candidates can be found here.

    Chris Neill
    Running for Marietta Mayor, Georgia

    Richard Segal
    Running for Douglasville City Council, Georgia

    Jeffrey Sexton
    Running for Leesburg City Council, Georgia

    Kellie Weeks
    Running for Gainesville City School Board, Ward 1, Georgia

    Dr. Thomas Smoot
    Running for Valdosta School Board, Georgia

      • Goldwater Conservative says:

        That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

        The only principle any American politician should embody is the republican principle. Nowadays that means to pay attention to opinion polls.

  6. Add my best wishes to those already listed above and throw in Steve “Thunder” Tumlin for Mayor of Marietta, Van Perlberg for Marietta City Council, and Logan Weber and Stuart Fleming for their City of Marietta School Board seats.

  7. umustbekidding says:

    Karen Handel and Tom Graves called to wish me luck. That was very nice of both of them, I wish they could vote for me. πŸ˜‰

    • Jeff says:

      I’ve got a Council meeting at 7p, who knows what I’ll do after. Might head over to the elections office, might come home and talk about things. Unsure right now.

  8. Romegaguy says:

    Since this is an open thread…. wonder why Erick closed for comments the thread tooting his own horn.

  9. umustbekidding says:

    I did not win. ;-(
    But that’s OK, I got my point across and I bet a lot more people will be raising heck at the board.

  10. AubieTurtle says:

    I’m not sure if I should contact the Secretary of State or the county election board about a problem I had today at my voting place. I’ve lived in the same neighborhood for seven years and for all that time we’ve voted at the same retirement high rise. Today however I couldn’t get to the polling place because the courtyard that one must walk through had a huge iron gate that was closed. I tried opening it but it wouldn’t budge. There was a yard sign next to it that stated that this was the polling place (as it has been for at least seven years). The gate also had permanent signs on it that said to use the main entrance on the other side of the building. I walked around the building and couldn’t get in the other side either due to gates that wouldn’t open. I returned to the gate of the courtyard that I’ve been able to walk through without problem for the past seven years to take photos of the situation. Eventually while I was taking photos, a security guard saw me and buzzed me in. If I hadn’t decided to take photos, I just would have been out of luck. I wonder how many others were unable to get in today because the new security procedures and unattentive guard who is suppose to buzz people in and out. If this building, which incidentally is two doors down from APD Zone Five HQ, needs that level of security, then it really shouldn’t be a polling place anymore.

    Once I finally got it, I was told the computers were down and would have to vote on paper. No big deal but it did annoy me to find out that it wasn’t the voting machines but rather the voter look up machines that were having problems because this is the third time I’ve been at this polling place when those @#^[email protected]#$ machines were having problems! There was never a problem when they used the printed voter books for look ups. Why do we have to overcomplicate everything with electronics? They got the problem corrected before I got a paper ballot so I ended up voting normally but good heavens it seems like each “advancement” ends up making everything worse.

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      Report the problem. Seriously, no one should be prohibited or suppressed from voting if they are eliglible to do so.

      • AubieTurtle says:

        UGH!!! I just tried to report the problem using the complaint form on the Secretary of State’s website… and it is broken! I tried twice and both times it errored out.

        Should we change Georgia’s nickname to ‘The Broken Technology State’?

        Maybe I should just walk down the street to the W Hotel and see if any of the press there covering Lisa Borders cares about the story.

      • …or running for office! Same principle. I don’t understand why you can understand the vote side, but not the ballot side… what good is a vote, if there is no one on the ballot that shares your political views (especially, when there is someone wanting to run for that seat)?

        • AubieTurtle says:

          While I am very much opposed to electronic voting machines, one thing that they would be good for in theory is opening up ballot access to more candidates. Excuses such as the ballot would be too large, multiple pages, or use too small print goes away with an video screen. Use California’s system of randomizing the order of appearance of candidates on each individual’s ballot to eliminate top of the list bias and we’d really have something.

          Of course we know the real reasons for limited ballot access and no electronic system is going to change that anytime soon.

    • Sleepy Tom says:

      “Why do we have to overcomplicate everything with electronics? ”

      Because the Big Momma downtown (i.e., Georgia Power) needs for the demand for electricity to increase at every opportunity, and paper ballots do not require to be plugged-in.

      We will likely find out one day that the large electric power consortium is the secret “pusher” behind every effort to “computerize” all of our lives. It’s like V.I.K.I. in the movie I, Robot.

      • ByteMe says:

        You know that’s really “out there”, right?

        Paper ballots get counted with optical scanning machines that use lots of electricity.

      • In addition to what ByteMe said, it takes electricity and other fuels to cut the trees, take them to the paper plant, make the paper, ship them to the distributors, and then to the retailers or other end users. One piece of equipment that can be used over and over again that really shouldn’t use that much electricity if designed correctly (there’s not a whole lot of processing power needed to something as simple as record a handful of selections) should be a no brainer. Just because our state apparently can’t get the technology right doesn’t mean it’s not do-able. It just means we have some incompetent people at the helm.

        Imagine if people were allowed to vote from home or work over the Internet through a secure system. We’re allowed to file and pay our income taxes that way, why not voting? That, to me, would be the ideal situation. Then you just set up a few small polling places here or there in areas where there’s no public libraries with Internet access to at least be sure that everyone has equal opportunities to vote.

  11. drjay says:

    oh well–instead of a 1 vote loss tonite, i managed to stretch it out to a couple dozen vote loss this time around–i think i’m officially a gadfly…

  12. Bill Greene says:

    Braselton Mayor (currently held by Pat Graham):
    * William β€œBill” Orr: 573 (72.4 percent of the votes)
    * Ralph Richardson Jr.: 218 (27.5 percent)

    Braselton Council, District 2 (currently held by Ralph Richardson Jr.)
    * William β€œBill” Greene: 104 (41.6 percent)
    * Peggy Slappey: 146 (58.4 percent)

    Just to put things in perspective, we have 225 homes with 425 registered voters in them, here in my Falls of Braselton subdivision alone. This is what is meant by “your vote counts”.

    We will now have 3 out of 4 council members for the whole of Braselton, living in the upscale neighborhood of Chateau Elan; plus the mayor living in Chateau Elan. I pray they keep the rest of Braselton’s best interests in mind.

    Thank you all for your support, I really have appreciated it. πŸ™‚


    • Game Fan says:

      Bill Greene
      I didn’t keep up with this or many other local elections but I’m glad to see you’re “down with da peeps!!” Good job my friend.

  13. AubieTurtle says:

    Probably will just end up repeating this on the next open thread but…

    Someone just discovered that Kasim is Reed’s middle name and that his real first name if Mohammed. They’re having a field day on Facebook (and probably Twitter too). Not sure if that’s a good angle to take since anyone who is negatively effected by it probably wasn’t going to vote for him anyway. **Might** motivate a few people who wouldn’t bother coming out to the polls though. More than anything I find it amazing how quickly these things spread through the internet. Before a few hours ago I don’t know that anyone even mentioned this and now it is popping up all over.

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