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PAC money betting heavily on Georgia incumbents

Georgia political blogger Jim Walls has taken a look at all of the millions pouring into Georgia races from political action committees -  $8.4 million to Georgia candidates this year through September.

Pundits predict a wave of anti-incumbency sentiment—fueled by tea parties, voters’ disgust with Washington and other factors — will sweep the nation tomorrow.

That could happen in Georgia, but the folks who finance much of the political campaigning here are gambling millions of dollars that it won’t.

We downloaded those donations from a state database to take a closer look at where that money wound up. None of the findings will surprise anyone who follows Georgia politics or campaign finance, but it never hurts to review.

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Tea party activists to be poll watchers; Sec. of State says no to logos

Georgia tea party activists are so concerned about the integrity of Tuesday’s election results that they plan to have volunteers serving as poll watchers. See AJC’s Craig Schneider’s article. Critics, however, say it’s a form of intimidation.

Political Insider’s Jim Galloway also reports Tea Party activists are livid over a ruling by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that shirts, hats and buttons with tea party logos won’t be allowed in polling places.

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AJC exclusive: Some noncitizens registered to vote in Georgia

Given the importance of Tuesday’s election, many are concerned about the integrity of the results. Now comes an AJC/Channel 2 exclusive in which state elections officials acknowledge some people who will be voting may not be eligible to do so because they aren’t citizens:

The Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees Georgia’s voter rolls, does not know how many noncitizens are registered to vote. But state officials acknowledged there are some. And an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 WSB-TV investigation found noncitizens who have voted. (Also watch the exclusive on Channel 2)

Tea party activists are so concerned about the problem and other potential abuses at the polls Tuesday that they plan to have poll watchers on hand. See AJC’s Craig Schneider’s article. But Political Insider’s Jim Galloway reports activists are livid over a ruling by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that shirts, hats and buttons with tea party logos won’t be allowed in polling …

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County commissions, school boards, city councils among metro Atlanta races

Despite the big focus on the governor’s race and several hotly contested congressional races, metro counties also will fill important seats Tuesday. Here’s just a sampling with more at this link:

Gwinnett: Voters will fill District 2 and District 4 county commission seats; Lawrenceville will fill 3 city council seats; and Norcross voters will decide whether to extend the terms of the mayor and council.

Fulton: Two county commission  members, including the chairman, face challengers; there are council seats open in Alpharetta and Johns Creek.

Cobb: Two court seats will be decided, including the one held by Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford, who is seeking a fifth term; two seats on the school board also will be decided.

DeKalb: The county is choosing a district attorney and will fill several seats on its school board.

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It’s the economy, stupid, but not always in elections

When people are frustrated, cash-strapped and fearful, wouldn’t they be inclined to reject whoever is in power? And when they are securely employed, well-paid and watching their home value soar and their portfolio bulge, wouldn’t they be more likely to accept the status quo?

These are questions AJC’s Michael E. Kanell poses in a piece about the quagmire Democrats find themselves in because of the lackluster economy.

Yet, Kanell reports,  a look at the history says the economy-electoral link is not always so tight.

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In less than 24 hours, Georgians go to the polls

In less than 24 hours we’ll go to the polls to cast votes in what many consider to be one of the biggest mid-term elections in recent memory.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

If you don’t know where you’re suppose to vote, just  click on this Voter Guide link. Also remember that you must show photo identification.

Tuesday’s weather outlook: Cloudy; 30% chance of light rain or drizzle; lows near 50 in town, 40s in the suburbs; highs in the upper 50s to low 60s; winds east 10-15 mph. But we won’t let a little drizzle stop us, will we?

On the ballot: Georgia voters will choose a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state schools superintendent, agriculture commissioner, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner and a public service commissioner; representatives of all 13 congressional districts; a U.S. senator; the entire state General Assembly – senators and representatives; statewide and state superior court …

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Debate over Georgia’s paperless e-voting process continues

Georgia’s paperless electronic voting process and systems in five other states have gained the attention of an election watchdog group. In a ComputerWorld article on e-voting, the Verified Voting Foundation says states relying on paperless machines will have a hard time auditing the results, which, the group says, are vulnerable to tampering.

Voter-marked paper ballots that are scanned and tallied by electronic systems, along with paper copies of electronically cast votes, together give election officials a reliable way to verify the accuracy of tallies,  [said the watdog group's president, Pamela Smith]. “Paper enables the properties of recounting that we need right now,” Smith said.

But Merle King, executive director of the Center for Election Systems, says Georgia’s system is safe and disputes the watchdog group’s concerns. CES is a venture between Georgia’s secretary of state’s office and Kennesaw State University.

“I think the notion that electronic systems are not …

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Find your polling place for early voting in Georgia

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You’ve already heard about the large number of Georgians turning out to vote early as Nov. 2 nears.

Just in case you want to get in on the action before this Friday’s deadline but don’t know where to go, the secretary of state’s office has a tool that allows you to find early voting sites, which aren’t necessarily the same as your regular polling place. Just click here to start.

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234 Fulton ballots sent out incorrectly– twice

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Fulton County election officials report that more than 200 voters  received the wrong absentee ballots — twice — earlier this month. Both the original ballots and the replacement ballots were wrong, report AJC’s Marcus Garner.

County elections chief Barry Garner said the errors were inexcusable.

“Even if it was one, it’s a big mistake,” Garner said, pointing out that some of the 234 voters impacted by the mistakes had already sent in their erroneous ballots.

He said his office disqualified those ballots and eventually paid to send those voters the right ballots.

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Georgia governor’s race could be headed to a runoff

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Sunday’s Insider column pointed to the possibility of a runoff in Georgia’s race for governor. 11Alive just provided some fresh statistical underpinnings:

With the general election just a week from Tuesday, a new independent poll from SurveyUSA commissioned by 11Alive News and V-103 Radio shows a commanding lead for Georgia’s Republicans in statewide offices, but it also shows an increased possibility of a runoff in the hotly contested governor’s race.

Democratic candidate and former Gov. Roy Barnes is up a small bit from our last survey six weeks ago, but the numbers indicate that Republican former US Congressman Nathan Deal is ahead of Barnes, 49 percent to 39 percent.

Libertarian John Monds, at 8 percent, Monday takes the votes of 1-in-4 independents and 1-in-6 liberals, potentially keeping Deal just under the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, though support for third-party candidates …

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