The Office of Inspector General under Secretary of State Karen Handel last night threw some cold water on charges pushed by Mary Norwood supporters, who claim that about 1,300 voters cast illegal ballots in the Dec. 1 runoff for mayor of Atlanta:
Based on preliminary findings, we believe that the original list provided by Citizens for Fair Atlanta Elections is not a list of voters who actually cast a ballot in the Atlanta mayoral election. Rather, it appears to have been created or pooled from a larger list of registered voters.
From this list, approximately 40 voters do not appear to have valid residence addresses. The Inspector General’s Office will continue its investigation to determine the eligibility status of these voters. We are forwarding these preliminary investigative findings to the Fulton County Board of Elections and Registration as it conducts its own investigation into this matter.”
Kasim Reed has been declared mayor-elect, by a margin of 715 votes. A recount is scheduled for today.
State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), who has become a major arbiter of what is and is not conservatism in the state Capitol, has said something nice about the Atlanta Journal-Constitution – specifically, a multi-part series on the lack of property tax deflation in the metro area.
“The outstanding investigative work by AJC reporters … confirm what I have stated for years – the property tax system in Georgia is a broken relic of a 19th century economy. It is filled with inequities and human based error. The single best action we can take is to scrap it altogether in favor of a model based on our 21st century economy. If not, the least we can do is systematically remove flaws that produce inherent unfairness.”
Rogers’ friends and associates are quietly organizing an intervention.
Debbie Dooley, one of the organizers behind Georgia’s tea party movement, pointed out the following bit of news from Rasmussen Reports. Which thrills if you are an anti-tax, tea party advocate, and chills if you’re a traditional Republican.
Poll respondents were asked to assume that the tea party movement had organized itself as a new political party. The results, according to Rasmussen:
Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.
In a three-way generic ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.
Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.
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