Until south Georgia voter fraud inquiry is settled, Terry Coleman says he’ll hold off on concession

According to the secretary of state’s web site, Darryl Hicks of Fayetteville beat former House speaker Terry Coleman of Eastman by 572 votes in the Democratic primary for labor commissioner.

But nearly a week later, Coleman has yet to concede – and won’t until a situation in Brooks County is sorted out by the GBI and Brian Kemp’s office.

“Apparently they’ve never had but a couple hundred absentees. This time they had something like 1,400 requested, and voted about 1,100 of them” Coleman said. “Of course, I lost the absentees by two-and-a-half to one or more. So it looked kind of suspicious.”

In next door Lowndes County, which hosts the big city of Valdosta, 439 ballots were reportedly mailed out – and 169 returned.

Coleman’s allies are now looking to see if any other counties have shown jumps in absentee ballots.

“There may be a little fraud involved. Who knows?” the former speaker said.

Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, confirmed this afternoon that an investigation is underway. But he could offer no details.

Here’s a Friday account by WALB-TV in Albany:

The GBI won’t give details, but agents confirm they are investigating possible voter fraud.

In the probate court Friday, workers sorted through large stacks of ballots, but the judge wouldn’t comment.

Three incumbents who were leading after votes cast in person were counted, but they lost after a suspiciously high number of absentee ballots were counted.

One incumbent was ahead by hundreds of votes until the absentees came in.

“It’s a shame it went the way it did,” said William Jordan, a Brooks County voter. “There was evidently a massive effort to register the absentee voters.”

We’re told investigators from the Secretary of State’s office were in Quitman Friday, but the office would not confirm that.

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30 comments Add your comment

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

“Until south Georgia voter fraud inquiry is settled, Terry Coleman says he’ll hold off on concession”, which means that he is waiting to see if all the votes bought in Dodge County will be enough to pull him through!

Mr. KnowitAll

July 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

It will be interesting to see if new Sec. of State Brian Kemp has the cahunes to research this, let it lead to wherever it goes, and pursue the perpetrators to the nth degree of the law.

OK, Brian….Show us what ya got!

Next up: South Dekalb County—starting with the dead and convict voters.

Mik

July 26th, 2010
1:42 pm

I don’t think a Republican SOS needs a whole lot of “cahunes” to investigate voter fraud in a Democrat Primary.

Uncle Jessie

July 26th, 2010
1:47 pm

Ya’ll somebody needs to do some voter turnout research down round Chauncey an Rhine, Seems like I remembers that dead folks votes down thar, really organized too, they even vote in alphabetical order. Herman and Gene probably still voting. Yee Haw

Ruth

July 26th, 2010
1:57 pm

I put nothing past the Atlanta political machine. Terry Coleman is right to pursue these allegations.

Oh Intown Writer...

July 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

Makes me wonder, after what Karen Handle refused to do in Valdosta… wish I had time to dig up those blog comments

Red

July 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

Atlanta political machine? Bubba country has been running this state for 8 years. They whined constantly about candidates always being from Atlanta and they got “Go Fishin’” in Paces. And we’ve seen what that turned into….

Conservative Thinker

July 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

A Dodge County politican crying fruad? Now I have seen everything.

Ruth

July 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

@Red, I agree with you that some idiots from Bubba country have led our state in the wrong direction. But, voter fraud is NEVER okay. Regardless of the beneficiary.

[...] h/t: The Political Insider [...]

khc

July 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

hey poteeet, people of dodge probably more like you than coleman’s advesary

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

@khc
Why, whatever do you mean, Kuntry Hick Chicken?

khc

July 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

i think you know and you just proved it

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
4:02 pm

@khc

advesary ? See if you can find a dictionary!

khc

July 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

sorry add an r as in redneck

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
6:14 pm

@khc

Got any great stats for us today?

khc

July 26th, 2010
6:22 pm

since you insist:

• 83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
• 61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
• 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
• 36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.
• A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
• 24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
• Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
• Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
• For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
• In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
• As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
• The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
• Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
• In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
• The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
• In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
• More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
• or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
• This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
• Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.
• Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
• The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

@khc

What is the source for this information?

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

khc

July 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

good one; source is todays’s yahoo finance page taken from The Business Insider. Thanks to Ronnie, Clinton (Rubin), W and now Summers/Timmy aided and abetted by both rethugs and dems. As bad as current admin is the party of boner, bachman, palin, blunt, will have the top .1% owning 90% of everything and i don’t think you are in that club….gotta go now.

khc

July 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

good one, but i’d be here all nite if i showed clips that made the rethugs look like ass clowns. gotta go, but the source was:
http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/the-u.s.-middle-class-is-being-wiped-out-here%27s-the-stats-to-prove-it-520657.html?tickers=patrick.net

Legend of Len Barker

July 26th, 2010
9:22 pm

@Uncle Jessie

Milan is part of it, but go to the other side of town. The fraud was in Telfair County. It was in 1946 and part of the wildest governor’s race in state history. Supposedly the Talmadge camp knew Gene was ailing, so they were encouraging some folks to write in Herman. Gene won the race but died in December before taking oath. That sparked the three governor controversy which saw Herman Talmadge, Ellis Arnall, and Lieutenant Governor Melvin Thompson claim the seat.

There was also a little controversy in 1962 when Jimmy Carter was running for state senate. You’d think someone would choose a larger county than Quitman County to put together voter fraud, but it happened there, too.

Capitol Hack

July 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Absentee ballots have always provided the single biggest opportunity for voting fraud, yet the republicans continue to ignore it, insisting instead that it’s more important to keep all those “illegals” from voting with “voter ID” laws. Maybe we’ll finally see some reform now that the dems have figured it out. Well, mostly figured it out. They obviously didn’t realize you’re supposed to spread them out across the state so that it’s not so apparent.

Disavantaged Insider

July 27th, 2010
10:02 am

If it weren’t for absentee ballots, LBJ would never have even been elected to the Senate, much less have become Preident. Good ol’ Pricint 13! You go Terry! Don’t let anyone steal this from you!

Brooks Resident

July 27th, 2010
10:16 am

As a resident of Brooks this has been very disheartening. This is the second election in a row won by absentee ballots. The first instance was looked into but the investigation was dropped. Now the numbers are so skewed and the spearhead for the first fraud has her hands in the second that it can not be overlooked or dropped. The race card is being pulled when it is actually about fair elections. Most residents just want it fair. When people show up to vote in the polls and then are told that their absentee ballot has already been received, then we have a problem. When people call candidates and state that they were visited by people pressuring them to sign their absentee ballots and they would not leave until it was signed, we have a problem. It is my hope that this investigation leads to changes to ensure fair voting in our county, state and country.

You Asked

July 27th, 2010
2:51 pm

Could a deployment out of Moody Air Base account for the large number of absentee ballots? Are there any other installations that could?

I don’t have much knowledge about the county and its political machinations but conspiracy isn’t the first place I’d jump to unless there were evidence that the absentee ballots were fraudulently voted.

another brooks resident

July 27th, 2010
6:58 pm

To first Brooks resident: FYI -Elections have never been “Fair” in Brooks County. You are obviously one of the insiders since you seem to know so much about the inner workings of Brooks politics. I hope you get your job back. Much Love.

td

July 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

Must have an acorn chapter in the county. Looks like the dems are trying to spread their urban craft from the big cities to the rural areas in preparation for the 2012 presidential election.

Captain

July 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

Democrat political tricks are generally used against Republicans in order to STEAL elections. Nice to see Democrats are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to beat their own. I guess a snake will turn on its own. How many elections have Democrats stolen with illegal tactics? Too many to count. Minnesota Senate Seat to the failed comedian Al Franken is the current headliner, although the Kasim Reed Mayoral win in Atlanta left a lot of question marks regards absentee ballots. What a way to get your name out front Brooks County, election thievery. The question is ‘what are Mr Hicks connections to Brooks County’? Or, is Hicks either connected to Kasim Reed or using the same political consultants?

JoeJoe

July 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

Where are the news reporters on this important possible vote fraud issue?