Gone but not forgotten. Kathy Cox still racks up votes in Tuesday’s primary.

So how many Republicans went ahead and voted for Kathy Cox, the former incumbent school superintendent who resigned too late from the race for her name to be taken off the primary ballot?

Any votes for her are being discarded and will not show up in the tallies. A poster below says that Cox  garnered 47.29% of the votes in Baldwin County. I suspect that may have been the case in other areas where voters were unaware that Cox had resigned her position to take a job with a Washington think tank.

Former state School Superintendent Kathy Cox wasn't in the race today, but was still on the ballot.

Former state School Superintendent Kathy Cox wasn't in the race today, but was still on the ballot.

Consider that 585,000 votes were cast in the GOP primary for governor. (These tallies reflect about 85 percent of the precinct results.)

In the GOP primary for school chief, only, 362, 235 votes were cast, meaning that either a lot of Republicans didn’t bother to vote in the race or they voted for Cox. (John Barge was just declared the winner in a close primary race with Richard Woods.)

Vote tallies always slip in down-ticket races. But the Republican primary for insurance commissioner drew 470,000 votes, and I would think that there is more interest in school superintendent than in insurance commissioner.

Counting early voting, I would not be surprised to learn that Cox drew more than 100,000 votes, including one from a co-worker who shall remain nameless but did so out of  interest in how such votes would be treated. Some folks said that while her name appeared on the ballot, they could not actually cast a vote for her in their counties on  the touchscreen.

Anyone else able to vote for her today?

62 comments Add your comment

Mike Honcho

July 20th, 2010
11:46 pm

I’m thinking 1.

BehindEnemyLines

July 20th, 2010
11:51 pm

Unless I’m badly mistaken, voting for Cox was not an option on my touchscreen today, her name appeared (IIRC) but there was no checkbox to touch for it.

not here either

July 20th, 2010
11:54 pm

Cox wasn’t a choice on the Republican ticket I punched today, either.

uh

July 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

if people are too stupid to realize she withdrew and voted for her anyways…should they even be voting for the state’s education chief anyhow?

td

July 20th, 2010
11:56 pm

Her name was on my ballot as well but no box beside her name. The number of votes for her probably came from the mail in ballots?

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
12:03 am

@Td, My co-worker was able to vote for her in his county this morning. Anyone else see her name and could you vote for her?

k teacher

July 21st, 2010
12:09 am

Voted in Henry Co. She wasn’t on my ballot. Flipped a coin to choose since both said basically the same things.

Teacher

July 21st, 2010
12:10 am

I don’t give a freggin’ heck, as long as she is gone! I am so glad to see that woman move out of this State. One less freak in GA.

penguinmom

July 21st, 2010
12:12 am

There was a note on my voting machine that specifically said that any votes for Cox would Not be counted because she had withdrawn.

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
12:13 am

@penguinmom, What county was that?

sine die

July 21st, 2010
12:20 am

there was a note on the sign-in table at Morningside Elementary that warned that votes for Cox would not be counted.

penguinmom

July 21st, 2010
12:30 am

Gwinnett in Lilburn

Courtney

July 21st, 2010
12:30 am

In Gwinnett Kathy Cox was NOT on the ballot. Would not have voted for her any way.

penguinmom

July 21st, 2010
12:32 am

I didn’t notice if there was a box next to her name on the actual ballot when I voted.

Gary

July 21st, 2010
12:35 am

My mother, who votes in DeKalb, called me to say that Cox was not on her ballot. She waived an official over while she was voting and asked why Cox was not on the ballot. The official told my mother that Cox withdrew from the election to take a job in New York, so her name had been removed.

Gary

July 21st, 2010
12:38 am

The official told my mother New York, but I understand that Cox moved to Washington. I guess the voting official was half right.

Educrat

July 21st, 2010
12:40 am

In my Grant Park/downtown Atlanta?Fulton County precinct Cox was an option on the ballot and you could select a box next to her name. No warnings about votes not being counted.

Confused Voter

July 21st, 2010
12:40 am

Cathy got 42% of the vote in my county. (She won) In discussions on a local web site, no one has recalled seeing a the required sign stating she had dropped from the race, including me in any of the voting places.

Since I planned on voting for her anyway, that was one race I didn’t investigate, so never noticed she dropped out.

Tim in Woodstock

July 21st, 2010
12:57 am

Her name was on the ballot in Cherokee County and you could vote for her. I didn’t know she dropped out. This race needs to be put on the ballot for the August runoffs WITHOUT her on it.

WR

July 21st, 2010
1:03 am

Kathy Cox garnered 47.29% in Baldwin County……….

Mike Honcho

July 21st, 2010
1:08 am

WOW! Georgia Voters?

ScienceTeacher671

July 21st, 2010
1:19 am

*sigh* We’ve got the people who don’t know that “Karen Ann Quinlan”, “Terry Schiavo”, and “Sunny von Bulow” aren’t real students, the people who don’t pay enough attention to know that Kathy Cox resigned and dropped out of the race weeks ago, and the people who voted to recycle King Roy.

And people wonder why Georgia is near the bottom in education???

Atticus Funch

July 21st, 2010
6:10 am

I voted in Henry County last week. Her name (and check box) were on the ballot, kteacher. I have to agree with uh on this however.

d

July 21st, 2010
6:59 am

I’m a poll official, and when I pulled the totals report for my precinct, I had to kind of laugh when I noticed that Kathy Cox “won” in my precinct even though I had posted signs by every machine and by the door to the room that votes for Kathy would not be counted.

The Gunch

July 21st, 2010
7:19 am

ScineceTeacher671 has a grasp of the situation. People just don’t pay attention. Her resignation was on radio news, in newspapers and on TV news. I guess these dolts who voted for her were busy keeping up with Lindsey Lohan’s latest vapid comments. Let’s hope they come out of the fo long enough to defeat King Roy this fall or we will be “Back to the Future” again.

high school teacher

July 21st, 2010
7:31 am

My voting precint had a sign on the door stating that she had withdrawn from the race. How sad that people don’t pay attention.

ihorizon

July 21st, 2010
7:46 am

I’m guessing I’d better ask the pollster’s why Ms. Cox’s name was listed on my ballot as I did recall voting for her….no signs stating she had withdrawn..Gwinnett County precinct.

joeybiden

July 21st, 2010
7:56 am

The repubs who vote for cox are the equivalent of the majority of minority voters who voted for obama.
Make sense?

PappyHappy

July 21st, 2010
7:58 am

A couple of points:

1) Given the release of CRCT and end of year testing results that were made public last week, can see why she left town!

2) She did the state and those trying to change education no favors by first getting on the ballot; QUITTING; then leaving perhaps the most qualified contender with no time to get on the ballot.

If this is the attitude of our more senior educators, then see why we are dropping to the bottom internationally!

Teacher&mom

July 21st, 2010
7:59 am

*sigh* I’m surrounded by stupid people. The next four years in GA do not look promising :(

irisheyes

July 21st, 2010
8:10 am

And these people who didn’t even know she was gone are the same people who say that teacher are whiners and complainers and can’t do their jobs (and that the teacher’s union in GA is killing education). Maybe if they got informed about the BASICS in GA education, they wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

ScienceTeacher671

July 21st, 2010
8:11 am

Personally, I have no idea whether her name was on the ballot where I voted or not, because I did not have any interest at all in voting for any of the GOP candidates for governor, and there were no local contested races of interest on the GOP side.

I did vote for David Poythress for governor, and just don’t understand why Georgians would vote to recycle Roy when they also had Baker, Porter, and Poythress to choose from…and I can’t understand why that race didn’t go to a runoff either.

The papers are reporting that the turnout was unusually low, which is pretty depressing. I don’t think most people know or care what’s going on, although as The Gunch states, they probably know all about Lindsey Lohan, and the reality TV show of the day….

schooled

July 21st, 2010
8:41 am

Science Teacher,

Roy had way too much money in this race and there were too many democratic candidates for governor. Nobody stood a chance and some should have dropped out.

d

July 21st, 2010
8:56 am

ihorizon — Kathy Cox withdrew too late for her name to be taken off the ballots. Preparing the electronic ballots as well as printing the absentee ballots takes quite a long time. As far as lack of any signs, they were there. We received a large green copy to place at the door and a smaller tan size sign to place in every booth, and I can vouch for at least the precinct I work, they were up and my supervisor had a check list to verify that they were there.

Clarence

July 21st, 2010
9:01 am

She was on the ballot and “checkable” in Fayette. I think a lot of people voted for her KNOWING she wasn’t in the race. Speaks to the Republican competition more than the voters.

catlady

July 21st, 2010
10:09 am

How many more times can we get Kathy Cox’s name on the intro to this blog? “So how many Republicans went ahead and voted for Kathy Cox, the former incumbent school superintendent who resigned too late from the race for her name to be taken off Kathy Cox primary ballot?” Didn’t know she had her own private primary ballot.

Seriously, this just shows the intelligence level of Georgia voters. I bet if Herman Tallmadge had been on the list, he would have won the primary race for Governor. God help us!

BTW, I can sure (NOt) pick a winner. I don’t think my candidate won a single time but once in all the races in which I voted. (Ms. Porter for Lt. Gov)

Maureen Downey

July 21st, 2010
10:18 am

@Catlady, That was quick editing as I was walking out the door. I had to update the blog written late last night to reflect the primary was yesterday and somehow in my haste screwed up that sentence. It now says “taken off the primary ballot.”
Doing too many things at one time and now about to make my trek down 285 to the office.
Maureen

catlady

July 21st, 2010
10:19 am

At our polling place up here in the mtns, there were several signs that said she and 2 others were no longer running (different races). Anyone who voted for them had to be illiterate or not involved enough in being educated about the candidates’ stands to be allowed to vote, anyway. I sure wouldn’t admit to voting for her for any reason. It is a sad,sad commentary on Georgia voters.

catlady

July 21st, 2010
10:26 am

Ms. Downey, I thought maybe you were acting as her PR agent! LOL

Best wishes for a safe journey into work. (I contrast yours with mine. I have 15 miles and one stoplight between me and my work, plus 2 stopsigns and 2 yields. We think traffic is bad if we are behind 3 other cars at a stoplight! There are 5 stoplights in the county!)

I am afraid we are in for more very bad times in education in Georgia.

td

July 21st, 2010
10:33 am

Like I have been saying for weeks on these blogs, the Republicans will have a clean sweep and hold all statewide offices after November. There were 678,880 primary ballots cast on the Republican side for Governor and 392,472 cast on the Democratic side. 286,408 more votes cast on the Republican side then the Democratic side. Even with Kathy Cox on the ballot and her votes removed, John Barge received 224,335 compared to Jim Martin 184,461. John is virtually an unknown candidate, with little money, living outside the metro area and running a grassroots campaign. Jim Martin is running for his third time for the position, lives in Atlanta and has more money. John still received more votes.

Road Scholar

July 21st, 2010
10:55 am

This is disturbing, esp since she withdrew over a month ago! Is this indicative of how the Secr of State’s office is being run by a Perdue appointee that won the Repub nomination? Hand selected to give him a leg up on other candidates? Couldn’t revise an electronic ballot listing in short order? Besides those who didn’t knew she had withdrawn, this is indicative of Repub’s…talk about voting out an incumbent for the sake of voting them out, and then vote for one! Was he (Repub SOS candidate) shown as an incumbent?

HStchr

July 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

” I bet if Herman Tallmadge had been on the list, he would have won the primary race for Governor. God help us!”

@ catlady: ROFL!!!! Sad, but true. Thanks for the laugh! I needed it after watching King Roy sweep the primary.

protest

July 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

I voted for Kathy Cox (in Cherokee) because I don’t like any of my choices…

Educator2

July 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

Who cares? It does not validate her. It just shows how uneducated voters are when going to the polls.

Freedom works

July 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

If there are no candidates WORTHY of my precious vote, I don’t vote. I only cast a vote in 3 races on the Republican primary ballot. I am fully aware that restrictive ballot access laws in this state make it challenging for good, principled candidates to get on the ballot. When they are on the ballot, I vote for them.

My vote is my personal endorcement of a candidate. The media treat each vote as such and high vote totals are viewed as a “mandate.”

If more people voted this way, we would see vote totals in the hundreds instead of the hundred thousands, and government would collapse from lack of support.

What a blessing that would be.

You Asked

July 21st, 2010
12:53 pm

I was working the polls in Cherokee County and we were provided with signs that specifically stated that Cathy Cox had withdrawn from the race and according to state law her votes would not be counted. We also made periodic annoucements as people came in to vote to remind them of this.

We had very few “oops I voted for Kathy Cox” on our totals at the end of the day.

She did withdraw too late to remove her name from the ballots themselves.

You Asked

July 21st, 2010
12:54 pm

Freedom Works- if you don’t like the candidates get involved earlier in political campaigns or run yourself. If fewer people vote it is a travesty for your government (and it is YOUR government so don’t blame others if you haven’t been nurturing it).

You Asked

July 21st, 2010
12:56 pm

Folks- revising the ballot is a function of filing dates mandated by law as well as updating tens of thousands of voting machines, paper sample ballots and voter information resources. Its not just changing it in one place.

You Asked

July 21st, 2010
12:59 pm

Road Scholar – most political systems have the current executive or legislature appoint someone to office for interim periods. Any party (R, D, L or I) would usually appoint someone in their own ranks for jobs that were vacated.

Incumbant means someone who holds the office currently. That is what Brian Kemp is – the interim and incumbant Secretary of State.

BamaAKT

July 21st, 2010
1:41 pm

I stood in line behind a woman yesterday who saw the notice that Cox has withdrawn and loudly stated that she did not know she had withdrawn and was going to have to research the reason. She then began to go down the ballot and state how she was going to vote. After a few minutes she realized she was looking at the Republican ballot and had to make new choices. I just shook my head.
We finished voting at the same time and as we walked to our cars she got into one with an Educators tag.