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Posted on 08/20/2002 9:02:36 AM PDT by Coop
A light but steady flow of voters was reported at several metro Atlanta polling places during the early stages of today's primary election, and at least one precinct was briefly shut down because of confusion over redistricting.
Voters have faced massive precinct shifts as a result of this year's once-a-decade redrawing of political district maps.
Confusion over the redistricting prompted the precinct at Margaret Harris High School, off North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County, to suspend voting for about 20 minutes shortly after opening today, said poll manager Maria Arvelo.
Arvelo said the precinct had recently been moved from the 4th Congressional District to the 5th District, but after several voters came in thinking they were still in the 4th District, "we had to shut the precinct down until we got clarification on it."
"People were confused because there are signs along North Druid Hills saying Cynthia McKinney and Denise Majette, and people were like, 'Well, I wasn't notified [of the change],' " Arvelo said. "But they were notified because their voter's registration says District 5."
She said the precinct would remain open an extra 20 minutes -- until 7:20 p.m. -- to make up for the time it closed this morning.
At the Briarwood Recreation Center in DeKalb, about 10 people were waiting when the polls opened at 7 a.m.
Most of those voting during the first 15 minutes were casting ballots in the Democratic primary, said Dottie Cadenhead, the poll manager.
The only early problem was one voter -- the first person in one in line -- who was at the wrong precinct, Cadenhead said.
"He was disappointed, but I think he'll make his way over to another precinct," she said.
At DeKalb's Medlock Elementary School, 60 people had either already voted or were waiting in line to vote at 7:30 a.m.
In northwest Atlanta, Bill Dennis, poll manager at Morris Brandon Elementary School precinct, said the line upon opening was "about average" for a primary, with about 10 people queued.
Dennis said that fewer than 20 people voted during the first 30 minutes. The turnout was even lighter elsewhere.
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After careful observation and analyzation, I feel that it is important to discuss the candidates who I believe are the most qualified and the most conservative for Georgia's Governorship, Senate seat, and 11th U.S. Congressional District.
Regarding the position of governor, Sonny Perdue comes out on top among most issues, in terms of taking a Conservative and Common Sense stand. Perdue is the best candidate in the area of taxes, education, redistricting, traffic and the environment (not rabid environmentalist), homelife and the family, as well as has a solid Pro-Life stance. The only one fault of Sonny Perdue is his campaign appears non-chalant in attitude in regard to illegal immigration, and the belief that it is to be a sole federal issue, regardless if the federal government has proven not to do its job. In this area, Linda Schrenko is the most qualified, for she believes that the states should have a say. However, since we have to look at the overall package, and since governors hold less sway than senators and house members in this regard, it is best to go with the candidate who has the most conservative platform, and who can can help turn around big government in the state. It is for this reason that I endorse Sonny Perdue.
In reference to the senate campaign, I endorse Bob Irvin, as he appears to be the most conservative and an avid supporter of less government. He is against illegal immigration, is for the abolition of the IRS and the Federal Income Tax (replaced by a NRST). He is staunchly Pro-Life, and is for the second amendment. Bob also wants to cut pork barrel spending. Though Chambliss is against illegal immigration and is pro-life, he is proposing increases in the scope of government in regard to prescription drugs, medicare, and healthcare. While these may be noble ideals, it is possible that such policies will morph into full-blown socialized medicine in the future. Furthermore, will all this be paid for with increases in taxes, something of which Chambliss does not advocate. Again, Bob Irvin appears to be the most qualified candidate.
For those of you in the newly created eleventh U.S. Congressional District, I endorse Cecil Staton. This man is a Christian and is not afraid to state it. He's staunchly Pro-Life, Pro-Family, and Pro-Faith. He is against illegal immigration, is for tax reform, excellent education reform, second amendment rights, and is for policies that will help American business and cut government waste. Thus, I endorse him, even though Bob Herriott and Phil Gingrey appear to be good candidates as well.
apparently the new signs didn't help matters.
lol, sounds like your gonna be busy today. How many times you think youre gonna get to vote
At a minimum, we'll get FReporting from the trenches...
It's early times, but considering how confused these folks are already, I'm predicting McKinney will pull it off...
I'm with you on the Linder prediction, since I believe Democrats so loathe Barr that they will cross over en masse to vote against him...
The target is Rat Cynthia McKinney, an anti-American leftist who took campaign $$ from terrorist linked donors on 9-11. She is the idiot that accused W of letting 9-11 happen to benefit his war industry and oil friends. She is a corrupt, disgusting Rat. The effort is to make her lose in the primary as it is a solid Rat district and she will win in the general election.....
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