Your morning jolt: One Fulton County precinct reports 23,300% voter turnout

Late Monday, Fulton County Elections Board certified ballots cast in last week’s primaries – becoming the last county in the state to do so. The board acknowledged some irregularities but declaring that no results were in doubt:

The Board directed its legal counsel to determine if there was any possibility that the misassignment of voters in the affected districts could have affected the outcome of any election. The answer was no. Using the most extreme assumptions, i.e., that every misallocated voter voted, and that they all voted for the second place candidate in both of the effected contested primary elections, the winning candidate would have still won with a majority of the vote.

In an interview with Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he would continue an investigation into the county’s performance:

Now, almost certainly this is a computer tabulation error, but one thing that Kemp might look at is Fulton County Precinct 1C2, which has a single registered voter, but now officially reports 233 ballots cast – for a Tuesday turnout of 23,300 percent.

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And people say the American sense of civic duty is disappearing.

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But Fulton County’s isn’t the only vote-counting operation up for scrutiny after last week. From today’s Marietta Daily Journal:

“Cherokee County was at 67 percent reported before we had the first votes uploaded,” [Elections board vice chairman Rob]Garcia said. “I got a lot of smart-alecky emails saying, ‘Are you counting those by hand?’”

Elections director Janine Eveler said the first results were uploaded at 8:52 p.m. but couldn’t be seen online until after 9:30 p.m., nearly three hours after the polls were to close.

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Also in today’s MDJ, the boys behind the Around Town column report that Tim Lee, the incumbent chairman of the Cobb County Commission, has ducked at least two debates with Republican runoff rival Bill Byrne, who’s attempting to reclaim his old job:

On Sunday, Jill Flamm, president of the East Cobb Civic Association, emailed Byrne, telling him that she had cancelled a chairman candidate forum because Lee had refused to participate….

In addition, in a Monday afternoon email to MDJ editorial page editor Joe Kirby, Lee declined to participate in an MDJ-sponsored debate with Byrne next week, which would have been carried live by TV 23.

Also in the works: We’ve heard that the Atlanta Press Club is contemplating a series of televised debates featuring commission chairmanship races in Cobb, Henry, and Clayton counties. Taping would be Aug. 15, with the debates to be aired by WPBA (Channel 30) over the weekend before the runoff vote on Aug. 21.

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Over at Georgia Unfiltered, Andre Walker reports that the Fulton County Commission has approved a deal that will allow Charlotte to tap the sheriff’s office for manpower during the Democratic National Convention next month:

From August 28th through September 7th, nine Fulton County Sheriff’s officials will assist with law enforcement duties. The bill for their room, board, and transportation will be paid for by the City of Charlotte.

Republican members of the Fulton commission abstained from the vote on the contract.

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The run-up to this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on illegal immigration laws passed by states saw a measured decrease in legislation passed at that level – so says the Associated Press:

State legislatures passed 20 percent fewer immigration laws in the first half of this year than at the same time last year, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Lawmakers in 41 states enacted 114 bills and 92 resolutions that dealt with immigration between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, compared with 257 such laws enacted during the same time period last year, according to the report released on Monday.

States delayed immigration legislation in part as they waited for the Supreme Court to rule on the states’ authority to enforce immigration laws, said John Watkins, a Republican state senator in Virginia who co-chairs the conference’s Task Force on Immigration and the States….

Six states — Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia — enacted laws that dealt with the E-Verify program, which requires businesses to check the legal status of their employees, according to the report.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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45 comments Add your comment

Tom

August 7th, 2012
10:29 am

Simply can’t imagine Cobb re-electing Byrne. Talk about 2 steps backward….

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
10:35 am

If I ever run for office, I hope the guy in Fulton 01C2 who had the perseverance to vote 233 times, is one of my supporters.

Bill

August 7th, 2012
10:45 am

LMAO .. just wait until the Presidential election ..
they’ll all be at 1000%+

Danny O

August 7th, 2012
11:01 am

I sure wish there was an auditable, paper back-up for votes cast in Georgia. That way, someone (such as Brian Kemp) could compare the totals in the ballot machines with a hand count.

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
11:13 am

Danny O: I sure wish there was an auditable, paper back-up for votes cast in Georgia.

I can get a receipt at the grocery store, I can get one when I refill my MARTA card, get one from my ATM of course, I can even get a receipt from a gas pump for cryin’ out loud, but diebold claims it’s impossible to print a receipt when I vote. I just have to take their word that the election results are accurate (even tho the diebold CEO may promise a Presidential candidate that the candidate will carry his state). Can someone explain that to me?

td

August 7th, 2012
11:38 am

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
11:13 am

What is it going to matter if you get a receipt? How is a receipt going to prove one way or the other if you vote was counted? How would everyone getting a receipt prove that the votes were counted or not counted correctly?

Did you receive a receipt when we had the old punch card system? Are you sure your ballot was collected and counted every time?

Another bogus argument.

Marlboro Man

August 7th, 2012
11:52 am

Georgia’s system is highly flawed, and it is well known.

Going Right

August 7th, 2012
12:07 pm

Tom; Would it have improved the condition of Cobb county if your name had been written in ad you would have won?
(——); Fulton 01C2 voters must have been Republicans I’m sure;
(——); Don’t believe anyone can explan anything to you. Yawn.
Marboro Man: Yep, GA is the only state where there are flawed elections. I guess the Al Franken fiasco in MN (Democrat won) wasn’t one now was it? Even GA can’t compare with those shenanigans.

Tom

August 7th, 2012
12:09 pm

GR, probably not….as I’m not a Cobb resident. :-)

Bernie

August 7th, 2012
12:15 pm

Jim, I would say that your thinking and assessment of the numbers is a bit flawed. When I look at the same the chart, what stands out to me is not the issue of fraud as you are slyly trying to insinuate with an inflammatory and accusatory headline for a specific readership audience. What stands out and revealing to me and what other voters should be really concerned about is the Number of registered voters vs those who voted.

But I understand, This Georgia and the thinking here is a bit different in its logic….You see only the things you desire and want to see, everything else is not important.

hiram

August 7th, 2012
12:34 pm

If you have doubts about Georgia’s electronic voting machines, just watch video #8 and #9:

http://vaticproject.blogspot.com/2012/03/absolute-proof-diebold-voting-machines.html

Jason

August 7th, 2012
12:38 pm

There’s just something about being named (K/C)athy Cox that makes a person unqualified to hold office.

cc

August 7th, 2012
12:38 pm

Marlboro Man:

Yeah, that was evident in the last Presidential election. Obama got entirely too many votes.

John

August 7th, 2012
12:44 pm

Floyd County (Rome) didn’t START posting results until 10:30 Tuesday night. As always, the election officials blamed somebody else–computers this time around. Citizens are getting tired of the lame excuses about why they can’t tabulate votes in a timely manner.

Hillbilly D

August 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

Any voting system is only as good as the people running it. If somebody wants to cheat, they’ll find a way. The trick is to catch them at it and make it hurt when you do.

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

td August 7th, 2012 11:38 am I will admit to using the word ‘receipt’ when I should have said ‘printout’ which can be used in a recount if election results are in doubt or fraud is suspected. But getting a ‘receipt’ should also be no more of a problem than getting a printout that is turned in as backup to an electronic ballot. You may notice from the results JG shows above that some precincts had only 200+ voters. If results from such at precinct showed candidate A winning that precinct 200 to 5, and you know that you and at least 10 of your neighbors voted for candidate B, it would be helpful to your case for proving fraud. As concerned you righties are about the “proliferation” of voter fraud, I’m surprised your and rush’s limited imagination haven’t considered a scenario like this. My use of words was incorrect, however it is your argument that is bogus.

td

August 7th, 2012
1:07 pm

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

Rush and I already know that we have to convince at least 2 to 5% more conservatives to vote just to break even with the voter fraud by the Dems.

Yes, let us spend millions of more dollars on printers and paper just in case a precinct with so few people can compare with their neighbors. BTW: How do you know what you neighbor voted for? Are you trying to say that you want a receipt printed with your name on it and a copy of your ballot? If you are then I will definitely say H3LL no because if a receipt is given then it is backed up for the government to know who I voted for and my vote is suppose to be private.

Hillbilly D

August 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Auntie

Question? If you get a printout, won’t there be a record of who you voted for in the machine? Not sure how that would work with the secret ballot and all. Seems to me that since people vote in the order they sign in, at least where I live, it’d be pretty easy to figure out who voted for who.

Kris

August 7th, 2012
1:15 pm

The solution is simple go back to paper Ballots, teach people how to punch holes. (like the potholes on GA roads. Then use E-vote (verification system) to ensure people know how to punch holes in paper. Then hire whatever it takes of grammar school children to count the paper votes (send them to another state to educate them), as we all know GA is last in education. Just tossing out ideas here.

Shine

August 7th, 2012
1:27 pm

Will this effect Mitt Romney’s taxes?

Marlboro Man

August 7th, 2012
1:29 pm

In Ga, when you are handed an electronic ballot (after they have questioned you and keyed info into their system) just what are you holding ? Are you sure ? Why not let someone pick a random pre prepared ballot based on primary if needed ?

yuzeyurbrane

August 7th, 2012
1:35 pm

td, what part of your derrierre did you pull your 2% to 5% fraudulent vote estimate—or did you just pull it out of Rush’s?

hiram

August 7th, 2012
1:38 pm

It is stupid to use antique voting machines. Clouds make a lot more sense, and factor out all of the dummies at the precincts – the results would be instantaneous, and the monitoring, centralized.

Shayna

August 7th, 2012
1:40 pm

Were the screwed up Reynoldstown ballots counted? (was in state rep district 58, redistricted into 59 but the ballot we got had the district 58 race). The sec of state voter info page is still telling me I am in district 58.

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
1:41 pm

Hillbilly: won’t there be a record of who you voted for in the machine?

When you buy 50 items at the grocery store, at the end of the day does Kroger know that this purchase belonged to Hillbilly D, or do they know that customer number 2345678 made the purchase?

td: “Are you trying to say that you want a receipt printed with your name on it and a copy of your ballot? If you are then I will definitely say H3LL no because if a receipt is given then it is backed up for the government to know who I voted for and my vote is suppose to be private.”

I retract my statement that you have a limited imagination, in fact it appears you have an imagination to rival Spielberg. I suggest that it is no problem to get a printout of your choices for your own safe keeping, and suddenly according to you I’m infringing on your sacred right to your secret ballot. Your paranoia never ceases to amaze.

As for the Millions$$, you don’t want to spend this on a measure that would ensure that your vote is indeed counted, that there is a verifiable way to conduct a recount instead of just taking some precinct captain’s word that “the computer shows you lost.” It hasn’t happened yet, but it has been shown how easily a computer virus can be installed on these machines. When it does happen, our faith in the validity of our elections will forever be shaken, and you’ll be the first, me second to scream that it doesn’t matter the cost, ensure that my vote is counted correctly.

td

August 7th, 2012
1:44 pm

yuzeyurbrane

August 7th, 2012
1:35 pm

td, what part of your derrierre did you pull your 2% to 5% fraudulent vote estimate—or did you just pull it out of Rush’s?

Have you ever heard of sarcasm? When someone post a sarcastic remark then it is acceptable to come back with another sarcastic remark.

td

August 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
1:41 pm

The Dems strong opposition to voter id laws, same day registration, absentee ballots and extended voting periods has shaken my “faith in the validity of our elections”.

Question Man

August 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Doesn’t it make sense for Byrne to go to the debate location with a cardboard cutout of Lee and place in an adjoining seat? Wouldn’t adding a voice to the Lee cutout be even more fun? Wouldn’t it be sure to make the news?

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
2:06 pm

td August 7th, 2012 1:49 pm The Dems strong opposition to voter id laws, same day registration, absentee ballots and extended voting periods has shaken my “faith in the validity of our elections”.

Right, because it is unAmerican to encourage people to participate in elections, and make it easier to vote.
You must have hated to see us spend trillions to thwart Soviet Russia during the cold war, when the right wing loves to do everything in their power now to emulate them: Restricting votes, denial of habeus corpus, prison archipeligos, torture, illegal wiretaps, wars of aggression, trillions on a military while citizens are denied health care, ad infinitum. What were we thinking!!?

Danny O

August 7th, 2012
2:13 pm

@ td:

A paper backup would give us a way to investigate any shenanigans. It would be as simple as a paper ballot that is printed with the selections of the voter prior to the electronic ballot being cast. Once the voter verifies that it is correct, they cast their ballot and the paper backup goes into a box. If there is a challenge or a recount, the paper trail would provide evidence of fraud or material error.

What is so wrong with a paper backup? Why would anyone oppose being able to hold the county election board accountable?

MiltonMan

August 7th, 2012
2:20 pm

Will Milton County get here please? Enough of these incompotent democratic idiots that run Fulton County.

cc

August 7th, 2012
3:01 pm

Shine:

Everyone has become interested in income taxes. I suggest the following refresher for you. If this isn’t enough, I’ll furnish you much, much more.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/obama-kirk-taxe.html

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

cc August 7th, 2012 3:01 pm Regarding cc’s link to this article:

“Word today that yet another Barack Obama appointee has a little problem with taxes — a $10,000 problem. Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas who would be the White House chief trade representative if confirmed, didn’t pay taxes on some speaking fees he donated to his alma mater and he tried to write off the full $17,000 costs of his Dallas Mavericks season tickets. ”

And we know this because Kirk has released his tax returns, unlike the republican candidate for President. Personally I wonder why he couldn’t write off basketball tickets, when romney can write off the expense of dressing up his horsie like a ballerina.

Hillbilly D

August 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Auntie @ 1:41

Since you need to use your Kroger card to get a better price and gas points, I’d assume they’d know what I bought.

Hillbilly D

August 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

Will Milton County get here please?

Rather than create a new county, if they want out of Fulton, wouldn’t it make more sense to fold them back into Cherokee, Cobb and Forsyth counties? That’s what they original Milton was formed from.

Hillbilly D

August 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

*the original Milton (typo)

WOW

August 7th, 2012
3:43 pm

@ Auntie Christ:

LMBO

cc

August 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

Auntie Christ:

“when romney can write off the expense of dressing up his horsie like a ballerina.”

Actually, Romney was only trying to cover the horse’s posterior.

Wait!

Is that a a ballerina costume you are wearing? Sometimes it is hard to tell the genuine horse’s posterior, but you do a wonderful job of imitating one!

Auntie Christ

August 7th, 2012
6:48 pm

cc
August 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

Is that a a ballerina costume you are wearing? Sometimes it is hard to tell the genuine horse’s posterior, but you do a wonderful job of imitating one!

I find that hard to believe since you’ve often bragged that your first romantic encounter was with one of the budweiser clydesdales.

cc

August 7th, 2012
7:19 pm

Auntie Christ:

That is pretty lame – considering your normal caustic comments. You must be having an off-day.

oldfart

August 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

I bet the person who thought they had their own personal precinct was miffed.

Burroughston Broch

August 7th, 2012
9:22 pm

@ Hillbilly D
Originally Cobb and Forsyth were part of Cherokee County.
I hope that Milton is resurrected so Dunwoody can leave DeKalb and join Milton. Other than Detroit, anything is better than DeKalb.

Willie

August 8th, 2012
10:24 am

Fulton county having trouble being competent enough to run an election?? Say it ain’t so.

Who would have imagined?

OLE Teacher from Atla

August 8th, 2012
2:06 pm

Oh that all Election headquarters could be like the one in Cobb County! Some “high up” people in
the Voter Registration Office in Fulton County (particularly all those who have been associated with the recent Election’ voting results) should be terminated prior to the Run-offs!

OLE Teacher from Atla

August 8th, 2012
2:12 pm

Note re: I just e-mailed: Please add DELINQUINT before Election and add s after Election. Thanks!