Your daily jolt: Black voters in Georgia casting ballots at higher rate than ‘08

Even without any major statewide candidate contests to encourage turnout, African-American voters in Georgia are on track to cast a larger share of the presidential vote than in 2008, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state’s office.

As of today, 780,545 Georgia voters have cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 election. Of those, 33 percent have been African-American.

In 2008, when drawn to the polls by the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president, African-Americans cast 30 percent of 3.9 million votes in Georgia.

The question is whether this year’s participation statistic will shrink between now and Tuesday week. Even if it drops slightly, it could be taken as a sign that President Barack Obama’s political base remains enthusiastic, and hasn’t been discouraged by the ups and downs of October.

You also have to wonder what heavy black turnout would mean for Georgia’s charter school measure.

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Here’s that “first time” ad from the Barack Obama campaign – clearly aimed at the young and virginal – that everyone’s talking about:

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Those polls that show the presidential campaign to be a squeaker? Newt Gingrich doesn’t believe them. From Politico.com:

“I believe the minimum result will be 53-47 Romney, over 300 electoral votes, and the Republicans will pick up the Senate,” the former House speaker said Thursday night on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

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Earlier this week, during an interview in Iowa, President Barack Obama predicted that, after the election was done, Washington would come together and create that “grand bargain” to address a $16 trillion federal debt and avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect at the close of the year.

On Thursday, speaking Republican rather than Democrat, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said much the same thing:

Said Georgia’s junior senator:

”I think we’ll postpone the ‘fiscal cliff’ from the end of this year, into next year, with certain speed-bumps and thresholds that Congress must perform on before we get there. We’ve got a crisis ahead of us. It’s got to be solved, it’s got to be a comprehensive solution, which is going to take pushing it into next year. But we need a deadline to make sure Congress faces the music on spending, on entitlements and on taxes….”

It was pointed out that sequestration would cost Georgia 24,000 jobs. Said Isakson:

”Most of those jobs are in Marietta, Ga., where I live, at Lockheed-Martin. So I know a lot about what you’re talking about. Automatic sequestration, across-the-board at the Department of Defense would be disastrous. Congress ought to be doing its jobs. We ought to be finding efficiencies that make sense.”

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Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge K. Dawson Jackson on Thursday dismissed a second lawsuit against opponents of the Nov. 6 ballot measure on charter schools. See the details here.

Plaintiffs had accused the Gwinnett school board and the Georgia School Board Association of improperly using taxpayer resources to campaign against the measure.

In tossing the request for court intervention, Jackson made a finding worth reading. He said the lawsuit qualified as a SLAPP action. That’s a “strategic lawsuit against public participation” – often used by developers to freeze civilian opponents in zoning cases and such.

Lawson invoked the state’s anti-SLAPP statute:

The General Assembly of Georgia has recognized that “it is in the public interest to encourage participation by the citizens of Georgia in matters of public significance through the exercise of their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and the right to petition government for redress of grievances.

“The General Assembly of Georgia further finds and declares that the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and the right to petition government for a redress of grievances should not be chilled through abuse of the judicial process.”

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Over at WABE (90.1FM), Rose Scott reports that state Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, will introduce legislation to give parents more control over all public schools – including the right to change the administration of a low-performing school.

Now, some people might argue that Lindsey is advocating a reduction in local school board authority – and they would be right.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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153 comments Add your comment

Jon Lester

October 26th, 2012
11:23 am

This is good news. We’ll know who’s against minority voter participation with other comments.

DNM

October 26th, 2012
11:27 am

Now, more than ever the votes of fair minded people are essential, and that vote should be for Obama. So go vote. Vote for justice, accountability, a man who says what he means and does what he says. Vote for what is decent and right for America, all of America. Vote for the man who will stand up for women’s rights, for equal rights, for equal pay, and the chance for a good life for all Americans, not just the wealthy. Vote for the future, for technology and education and a decent world for our children. If you think deeply and unselfishly you will see Obama is not only the better choice, but that he is truly special. You likely won’t see the likes of a statesman of Obama’s caliber again in your lifetime. In their own time most of the great presidents from both parties have been tested by events, and many faced a challenging path to election– Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, Kennedy. Obama will be compared by history to such men. Look at his steady hand in foreign policy. Getting the job done with Bin Laden. Ending wars successfully rather than starting them recklessly. Effective and respected when working with world leaders. Look at his courage in taking the difficult path with healthcare—so badly in need of change. Look at his foresight in moving America towards clean energy, and away from dependency on foreign oil, and environmental damage from fossil fuels. Take the long view, the unselfish view, the righteous and patriotic view. Vote for Obama.

Bern

October 26th, 2012
11:31 am

DNM – Great post. But sadly, they won’t look at any of that.

Nitemare

October 26th, 2012
11:41 am

the super-cool tattoos and cheap attire on “my first time” girl make her look so young and innocent…

ByteMe

October 26th, 2012
11:43 am

The Lena Dunham video is awesome! Thanks, Jim! If you’re on the other side, you’re wishing right now your guy thought to do a video like that.

Jim, any word on the Hispanic turnout so far in the state relative to 2008?

And why did Isaakson vote FOR the budget compromise if implementing it would be a “disaster” as he calls it? Or did he think we’d forget that part?

Committed to freedom

October 26th, 2012
11:49 am

But it isn’t racist that every single one of them is voting for Obama because he is black.

How many of these voters even know or even care that he supports indefinite detention and even assassination of US citizens without due process? How many of them even know anything about his policies other than the platitudes that show up on bumper stickers or the mainstream media?

But then how many Romney supporters know that he is just as bad as Obama on virtually every critical issue in this campaign?

Kevin

October 26th, 2012
11:54 am

Jim is that not prejudicial to assume that the African-American voters are all voting for President Obama?
How about pointing out a great thing? More African-American voters are actually voting in Georgia.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 26th, 2012
12:05 pm

The parent trigger law concept sounds interesting. If the major gripe about public schools is poor performance, too often the higher ups tend to stand behind their people or do to little to late. If such a law could be constructed so as to not allow a small but loud group of parents to ouster a school administration, it could be a better alternative than open a charter school and send your kids there.

There would need to be process in place for notification, discovery, debate, & voting by a plurality of parents. I would love to see such a process in place for the principal of Simpson Middle School.

jess

October 26th, 2012
12:05 pm

How do they know? I do not recall ever being asked my race in the voting process.

Teamocil

October 26th, 2012
12:06 pm

@ Kevin, Jim never said they were voting for Pres. Obama. He said, “it could be taken as a sign that President Barack Obama’s political base remains enthusiastic.” I would put a bit more heavy emphasis on the COULD part. As in, it COULD be a sign of that, but it may not be.

JR

October 26th, 2012
12:07 pm

I’m interested in the Mormon turnout in the South.

Dum-Bass

October 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

The question is how do they know that 33% of the early voters have been African-American? Is someone sitting there recording the race of each one of those votes that comes in? Would this not be profiling? Are the Democrats not the ones who are always complaining about profiling? Also, most of them do not bat an eye when someone says they voted for BO just because he is Black, yet if you or I said we were voting for Romney since he is a white man running against a Black man, they would be aghast and all up in arms. The hypocrisy is rampant and shameless!

BLAH!!! BLAH!!!! BLAH!!!!!!!

October 26th, 2012
12:13 pm

Jess, they know because they are able to keep track of the AREA in which the votes are being casted at; thus, being able to put two and two together……

jconservative

October 26th, 2012
12:16 pm

“Automatic sequestration, across-the-board at the Department of Defense would be disastrous.”

Maybe. But the bill creating the automatic sequestration passed the Republican controlled House and the Democratic controlled Senate (over 60 votes) and was signed into law by the Democratic President.

Dum-Bass

October 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

“jess” you and I at least are on the same page. Yours was not posted when I was sending mine. Perhaps Jim Galloway could shed some light on this since he is the one who posted the article. Bet he doesn’t even know. Also, just went back and watched the “first time” ad for BO. Her credibility was shot to h— right off the bat when I saw the huge tattoo on her arm. Looks like they really picked a winner to do that commercial. Virginal? yeah, right? Give me a break! Maybe that’s why she is unemployed.(assuming that, just seems she would be) as most employers count that as a very negative thing in a job interview. Here’s hoping the Obama campaign keeps running these type commercials.

BLAH!!! BLAH!!!! BLAH!!!!!!!

October 26th, 2012
12:20 pm

Agreed Dum-Bass, this is an issue that I have been discussing with others’, that is really the number #1 problem with this election (as well) as the last election, it’s a genuine stereotype that if you are “black” you will only vote for Obama because he is not white; on the other hand, outside of homosexuals, will “white” people only vote for Romney so that the “black” President will be removed from the white house???? Questions, Questions, but very little answers…. I am a “black’ male who is pulling for Romney, not because I dislike Obama, but because I am more Pro-Republican… but maybe I shouldn’t speak too loudy… don’t want to be called an “Uncle Tom”….lol

Kevin

October 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

@ Teamocil ARE voting or COULD be voting, it makes no difference!!!!! Just the thought of tying race to a voting preference/practice is prejudicial.
Think about it this way, if Romney had said “well I am white, so I could lose the African-American vote.” How much hell would he have caught?

I was just saying how about we take the numbers from the SoS and put a heavy emphasis on the fact that this might show more people are voting!! In 2008 about half the people in this state voted. That is sad. More early voting and more absentee ballots shows that more people are voting. Perhaps a story on how this shows we should have the polls open for more than 1 day. Nah, he just went the easy route, race.

Georgia

October 26th, 2012
12:22 pm

Frankenstorm could help Romney, after all, us Obama supporters are the poor huddled masses yearning to mouth-breathe free, and we would get washed out by a Franken anything.

GaBlue

October 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Georgia

October 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

Lawson? Dawson? Now just who is this guy, and when did he change his name and what did he know when he changed his name?

The Kung Fu Panda! and that bunt for the ages!! Hope the Tigers can weather Kung Fu FrankenPanda. What a world series.

Voter

October 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

Your race is a field in the voter registration records. That’s why they know.

Brian Washington

October 26th, 2012
12:33 pm

The walking around money thirty dollars this year, and if you bring two more people who can register you get fifty.

kray

October 26th, 2012
12:36 pm

GO OBAMA 2012!

DAWG POUND

October 26th, 2012
12:38 pm

Galloway, have you ever heard of the Law of Large numbers? I know you stayed awake in English class but let me catch you up on the math classes you slept through…

Georgia has the largest black population in the country. Almost 32.8% of Georgians now call themselves black which is up from around 30% in 2008. For the past 40 years and since the Civil Rights era, African Americans have been migrating to the South and specifically to Atlanta, GA where it is seen as the Great Mecca of Black Culture.

So from election cycle to election cycle we would expect this trend to continue. So seeing 2 to 3 percentage points increase in voter turnout by blacks is in line with over all population trends here in Georgia.

Chris

October 26th, 2012
12:39 pm

DMV, I likely will vote for Obama but you are miles from reality. In truth he is the lesser of evils at this point. He is no statesman of consequence and has done very little to help anyone in the last four years. The hero worship of any politician is dangerous to everyone.

Chris

October 26th, 2012
12:40 pm

sorry I meant DNM

You better Testifyl!

October 26th, 2012
12:40 pm

@ DMN,

Awesome Post!! You should be running for office somewhere!

And by the way, people on this blog commenting about black people voting for the POTUS just because he’s black, would never admit that they are *not* voting for him because he *is* black!

Just a comment!

Pandora

October 26th, 2012
12:42 pm

This is great news!!!!! It’s amazing how the GOP totally ignore the African-American race. Just amazing. Yeah African-Americans will NOT be ignored….the GOP will realize that when they lose this election! :)

MUSTANG100

October 26th, 2012
12:45 pm

Cemetary voters. Gotta luv em, cause you sure won’t see em.

Chris

October 26th, 2012
12:48 pm

Quickly realizing why I don’t normally read the comment sections of stories. If it’s not people making irresponsible statements of voter fraud it’s people making ignorant comments about a party “ignoring” a race of people. All of these people are clueless

Louis

October 26th, 2012
12:48 pm

How do they Know???/ Because they know who votes early and when you REGISTER to vote you put down your race…. Simple as that

Will

October 26th, 2012
12:50 pm

Jim,

I will bet you dollars to donuts that a lower percentage of AA voters cast their ballot for Obama this go round than did so in 2008. Turnout? If we get a higher AA turnout this time then it will be because the AA’s who couldn’t bring themselves to vote against the first AA nominee even though they disagreed with his socialist leanings, are not willing to sit on the sideline this time around after seeing the man trample on the future of our country for the last four years. We absolutely cannot withstand the long-term consequences of his judicial appointees.

As for you democrats who think you stand for something higher and more moral in the World – get over yourselves. Everyone on both sides of the aisle would like to see everyone prosper. Its the math in the bank account and historically significant statistics that show tax increases produce less revenue that are being ignored by the left. You can’t support someone for life. Jesus didn’t give Peter his fish. He taught him how to be a fisherman so that he could catch his own fish.

Fighting against Democrat Tyranny

October 26th, 2012
12:50 pm

Jimbo Galloway, I would have expected it to be illegal to publish early voting stats. What say you?

DAWG POUND

October 26th, 2012
12:51 pm

@ DMN,

Awesome Post!! You should be running for office somewhere!

And by the way, people on this blog commenting about black people voting for the POTUS just because he’s black, would never admit that they are *not* voting for him because he *is* black!

Just a comment!

Your assumptions are foolish! I voted Obama in 2008. I’m white middle class. Millions of white wealthy, middle class and poor voted for him as well in 2008. To be honest, I’m not that excited about him again in 2012. Not because he is black because I and most could give a rats ass about whether he’s black or half black. It’s because he hasn’t done much for the country by way of solving its problems. No one cares who caused it. Either you can fix it or you can’t! If you can’t let’s get someone else in there that can!

Don Coyote

October 26th, 2012
12:54 pm

A virgin is more rare than an honest politician. A virgin with tats would be beyond rare and into the realm of mythical.

I’m pretty sure that the salacious tone, no matter how much of it is tongue-in-cheek, is just un-Presidential and unbecoming of a sitting President. But what the hell, so is the scripted sarcasm used in the last debate and showing up on The View.

yuzeyurbrane

October 26th, 2012
12:55 pm

Lindsey is also for vouchers to help private schools.

Kris

October 26th, 2012
1:01 pm

I does not matter if your black or white the best man for the Job is
Barrack OBAMA.

Vote the GOP scum out and keep the others out as well. KEEP THE SLIMY RETARDS out of women’s personal business’s.

President BARRACK OBAMA 2012

You better Testifyl!

October 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

@ Dawg #:
A hit dog will holla!

But, I guess the POTUS should apologize for not enabling you to stuff more money in your pockets, strengthen your investments and by that bently, after only 4 years of trying to work with group of haters in a GOP house that contentiously agreed to blocked every plan he had/has to help this country out of the hole it was in and cleaning up Bush’s $h!+

BG

October 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

All the black voters are voting for Romney. LMAO

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Kevin

October 26th, 2012
1:09 pm

@ Kris
2 things.
is the use of the R word not offensive and wrong? I guess if you are describing a republican is it okay.
When you demand payment to take care of a women’s personal business from the government, YOU are inviting them in. The government should not be a sugar daddy that just gives you a blank check to go shopping.

Progressive Humanist

October 26th, 2012
1:10 pm

Dawg Pound- From one Dawg to another, too many people don’t realize that the president IS getting the job done. Six months into Obama’s presidency, before his policies started to take effect, unemployment stood at 9.5%. It’s now at 7.8%. So unemployment is actually way down. The number of people filing for new unemployment benefits is down. The real estate market is back up. Foreclosures are down. The stock market has nearly doubled since his first year. Not to mention he took out Bin Laden and saved the U.S. auto industry. THE JOB IS GETTING DONE. Don’t go back to Bush era policies and economics when we’re just now recovering from them.

jabster

October 26th, 2012
1:16 pm

If the black vote is up significantly in GA but not neighboring states, this could be a sign of support for the charter amendment and not support for Obama.

jabster

October 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

A LOT of the state charter schools are majority minority.

MadMax

October 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

If this country was unbiased enough to vote in a black president, it should be unbiased enough to vote out a bad president. IMO

mom0824

October 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

The high turnout of black vote is largely for Obama but the charter school amendment will be huge benefactor. This will stop the crooks in Gwinnett from treating minorities like they are not worthy of a good education.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

October 26th, 2012
1:28 pm

It does not matter what happens on national level….. Georgia will continue on it’s path of self destruction……… Johnny Reb Logic rules the day in Georgia……..Love it or Leave it !

Ray

October 26th, 2012
1:29 pm

George Chidi

October 26th, 2012
1:35 pm

A little history about the black people voting for Obama because he’s black thing. No Democrat since Carter has managed to win less than 84 percent of the black vote in the presidential election. Kerry managed to win 88 percent, and Gore won 90 percent of the black vote. I suggest that 88-89 percent is the average any Democrat could expect to earn.

Voter participation among blacks increased by about 10 percent in 2008 — to about the average participation rate for white voters — and Obama won 95 percent of the black vote. It is reasonable to conclude that the extra 10 percent all turned out for Obama, and that those people may be voting with racial identification in mind. But it’s hard to argue that “they’re all just voting for him because he’s black.” He’s a Democrat. That’s all it takes.

NoMoreRawDeal

October 26th, 2012
1:37 pm

Meh. I’m wasting my vote on Gary Johnson, rather than vote for Obama or Obama v1.5 (that’s Romney for those of you from Waycross).