Voter turnout not great in Georgia Bulldogs’ precinct

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt opened his news conference Tuesday by talking about the ongoing presidential election.

“I hope everybody got a chance to vote,” Richt said. “I see some stickers out there; that’s awesome. I voted a week or two ago and that was nice. Got a chance to get it done early, which was good.”

Apparently Richt didn’t share that urgency with his players. Very few of the contingent that was made available for interviews on Tuesday apparently got the chance to vote. Most of them said they wanted to but just didn’t have time.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to vote because I was registered in Atlanta but I didn’t have time with the practice schedule and school to drive down and back,” said junior defensive tackle Garrison Smith. “I looked into an absentee ballot but by the time I looked into it, it was too late to do it. I don’t know who can find the time to go back to their home and vote.”

Aaron Murray, a Tampa resident, clearly couldn’t go home. He said he filled out an absentee ballot only to realize it was too late by the time he went to send it in.

“My parents were highly disappointed because this would have been my first time to vote,” Murray said. “It’s hard. We just don’t have the time. Most of the guys don’t have the time to go home and vote I guess. If I was at home or registered in Athens I would have gone today.”

Damian Swann, Zander Ogletree, John Jenkins, Tavarres King, Rhett McGowan and Amarlo Herrera were among those who said they were unable to cast a ballot.

“I didn’t get a chance between school and practice,” Herrera said. “This would have been my first year voting and I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance.”

Murray said his roommate Dustin Royston cast his vote. And senior cornerback Sanders Commings of Augusta voted in his second presidential election via absentee ballot.

“I did my research, studied the two candidates, watched the presidential and vice presidential debates,” Commings said. “My parents got the absentee ballot way ahead of time. My parents were pushing me. I wanted to. . . . I think as a citizen it’s very important you exercise your right to vote.”

Regardless of whether they went to the polls, Tuesday’s election was the source of much discussion in the Bulldogs’ locker room.

“There is some bickering back and forth a little,” King said.

Said Commings: “Here or there have been a few (debates). They’ll last about five minutes. Nothing too serious because at the end of the day we’re here to play football and we’re teammates no matter what.”

NOTES . . .

Fullback Merritt Hall returned to practice in a limited capacity on Tuesday and appears to be on the road to being able to play on Saturday. The redshirt freshman starter from Alpharetta has been out since the first play of the Oct. 27 Florida game with an ankle injury. Regardless, junior Zander Ogletree appears to be in line to start against Auburn.

“That’s the way it’s looking right now,” Ogletree said. “But (Merritt) practiced a good little bit and he looks like he’s running better and his ankle is feeling a little better.”

After not playing in the first six games, Ogletree relieved Hall against the Gators and got his second career start this past week against Ole Miss. Coaches have lauded his play in those two games.

“It feels great just to start or make a play or anything for Georgia,” Ogletree said. “It feels awesome. Any opportunity is a blessing. I just waited my turn. I got pushed back a little bit but I wasn’t going to let it hold me back and kept fighting and let it motivate me.” . . .

Linebacker Chase Vasser did not practice again Tuesday due to a left shoulder sprain and has been downgraded to “out” this week.

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ADawg Lover

November 6th, 2012
9:08 pm

I vote to the see the Dawgs bring home the SECE this weekend. Finish the Drill!!!

charlie400

November 6th, 2012
9:19 pm

Go Dawgs! GATA

funny...

November 6th, 2012
9:43 pm

So is this a sign of the apocalypse? Mike Bobo’s offense facing a defense coached by Willie Martinez?

Fed Up

November 6th, 2012
9:51 pm

How can Commings vote after what he did to his girlfriend? A&B not a felony anymore?

Fed Up

November 6th, 2012
9:51 pm

funny… great catch!

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Columbia SC Dawg

November 6th, 2012
10:32 pm

@ Fed Up … you ever punched anyone?

Dawgfan

November 6th, 2012
11:14 pm

@fed up – assault and battery is not the name of a crime in Georgia. There’s assault, and there’s battery. Commings was only ever charged with misdemeanors. He would’ve been kicked off the team if he had been convicted of a felony. Further, people convicted of felonies can still vote – as long as they are not serving time in prison. Finally, and most importantly, how about giving commings some credit. He researched the candidates and found the time to vote. Give him a break.

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November 7th, 2012
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Dawg2

November 7th, 2012
9:38 am

Total BS..It only takes 5 minutes to do a absentee ballot. It also only takes 5 minutes to apply for one. If they really wanted to vote they could have. Excuses don’t cut it…..

A Country divided can’t stand….we still have the same problems. Obama won on popularity not what he has done.

disaster in Columbia

November 7th, 2012
9:43 am

Secession anyone?

Gorilla Biscuit

November 7th, 2012
9:48 am

If you voted for him then you don’t deserve what you ain’t going to get. Get used to it. Oh, apparently you already are.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 7th, 2012
9:49 am

You can’t vote with a felony until you are done with your fines and probation or parole.

To be in College I would expect these guys to be smarter about voting. It is not like they didn’t know we were going to VOTE for President this year.

Why?

November 7th, 2012
10:15 am

Would this country re-elect that moron Obama? What a sad country we live in.

Reggie

November 7th, 2012
10:24 am

Dawg fans are ignorant necks!!!! LOL!

flo-ri-duh

November 7th, 2012
10:43 am

Should be interesting to see Richt/Bobo offense against Aubarn’s defense. Looking back I had forgotten that LSU beat Aubarn 12 – 10 wow! Aubarn has talent – must be the coaching and a lot of young players. With WRs Brown and Bennett gone this offense may look a lot different this week. UGA has to run the ball, eliminate turnovers and maintain field position. Expect dink and dunk passes to the RBs and TE in the 1st half and opening it up more in the 3rd. Half of Aubarn’s team is from Georgia and thy would LOVE to ruin UGA’s dream. Stay focused Dawgs and start fast, finish strong and play 4 quarters. Defense should do well against Aubarn’s offense but they are starting a new QB in his 2nd game. Pressure and turnovers win the game for UGA.

flo-ri-duh

November 7th, 2012
10:45 am

UGA’s players don’t get felonies. Can you name one in the last 10 years? So shut up.

SEC FAN

November 7th, 2012
10:45 am

Felons aren’t allowed to vote!!!!

flo-ri-duh

November 7th, 2012
10:47 am

Commings pushed his girl friend. He did not beat her up. Misdemeanor.

flo-ri-duh

November 7th, 2012
10:48 am

Felons are only allowed to vote if they are dead, illegal aliens from Florida that vote democrat.

flo-ri-duh

November 7th, 2012
10:50 am

Enough politics – back to sports or you can go to Jay if you are an Oblama supporter.

SEC FAN

November 7th, 2012
10:51 am

@ flo-ri-duh,

Former UGA player Isaiah Crowell has hired Atlanta defense attorney Steve Sadow to represent him as he faces felony charges of possession of a weapon on school property and possession of a firearm with an altered identification, as well as a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

And YES he was a Dawg when it happened, but don’t worry Domestic Battery (Sanders Commings) and multiple drug arrests (Dontavius Jackson,Tavarres King, Branden Smith’s) and now it pours over to other sports: Georgia baseball player Kyle Carter was arrested by university police earlier this week for felony weapons and misdeanor assault charges stemming from an incident Aug. 19.

But anyways, there’s at least 2 felonies, SO SHUT UP!!!

BirdDawg

November 7th, 2012
10:51 am

Dawgs, please play Ogletree at FB and not Hall. The FB play these last 2 games is head and shoulders above where it’s been all season. And Reggie you sir are a loser!

SEC FAN

November 7th, 2012
10:58 am

That’s 2 on Crowell alone, but domestic battery and drug charges are SO much better!!

Bulldog Nation

November 7th, 2012
11:44 am

I could care less which Bulldogs voted yesterday, why don’t we ask the Falcons, Braves, Hawks if they voted too!

water dawg

November 7th, 2012
12:27 pm

BiirdDawg
Don’t see how you can downgrade Hall’s play at FB. His blocking was excellent — just go back and look at some of the long runs by Gurshall. Hall also ran effectively the two times he had the opportunity. Agree, tho, that Ogletree also played well.

mike on lake hartwell

November 7th, 2012
1:51 pm

who cares? G A T A !

old man

November 7th, 2012
1:54 pm

If you don’t vote, you sacrifice your right to gripe about the outcome. And there is MUCH to gripe about.

Nate the Great

November 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

Am I the only person that was wanting to see Zander play LB next to Alec when we were short on LBs? Seems to me like he would have been a natural choice since his brother is so talented. Instead, we moved RS4 to LB and then moved RS4 back to play FB and now he never sees the field except on special teams!

#chickenlittle

November 7th, 2012
4:21 pm

Step back from the ledge repubs! It’s gonna be alright, I promise. Lol

#chickenlittle

November 7th, 2012
4:23 pm

Democrats are ignorant, that’s why the majority of college grads vote democratic. Lol

Zex

November 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

Typical southern inbreds in Georgia. Notice how Romney swept the South—-Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama……… All four of those states are infested with toothless inbreds.

Bulldog Nation

November 7th, 2012
4:59 pm

The majority of college grads vote democrat? How the hell did you come up with that statement? Maybe in the state of New York where you live they do.

wally

November 7th, 2012
5:04 pm

What is a sports hypocrite? Do not know. Well lae me tell you. We football fans shout Rah! Rah! and there he goes voting for Obama. We love him when he is scoring TD”s But when he is voting for someone we do not like, then he is no longer our hero. America has made heros out of a bunch of spoiled brats that play sports. Sorry, but our Presidential election is another proof that America is headed in the wrong direction.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 7th, 2012
6:02 pm

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Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

wally
November 7th, 2012
5:04 pm

What is a sports hypocrite? Do not know. Well lae me tell you. We football fans shout Rah! Rah! and there he goes voting for Obama. We love him when he is scoring TD”s But when he is voting for someone we do not like, then he is no longer our hero.
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Same goes for your TV and Movie Stars………..I stopped going to movies of stars that keep running their mouths about their politics and trying to tell me who to vote for.

Ghost of Erk

November 7th, 2012
7:57 pm

Put In Timeout is right as to Felons beign allowed to vote upon completion of entire sentence (i.e., prison, parole, etc.) and re-registering.

What’s more, most of these UGA players would likely have been eligible to vote in Athens yesterday using a provisional ballot, as college students (who are registered elsewhere) can usually vote either in the location of their registration or at their campus site, whichever they consider their principal address for now.

The Truth

November 7th, 2012
8:03 pm

Notice how all the lazy freeloaders in the urban areas voted Obama when he promised free abortions and birth control. Yeah, Dems are so classy and intellectual. Of course, the Techies jumped on the Obama Band Wagon when he came out in suppport of gay marriage. To bad Romney just came out in favor of getting people jobs.

JimDog85

November 7th, 2012
10:12 pm

I thought one of the best plays that Zander made was on one of the first plays of the game. On Gurly’s 12 yard run, he wiped out three defenders with one block. That was awesome!

A sad sad tale

November 8th, 2012
8:28 am

The exit surveys indicated that 92% of the UGA players voted for Obama. Not coincidentally, this is the same 92% who will end up on welfare or pushing shopping carts around after Richt discards them when their eligibility is up.

The other 8% will be working at drive-through windows or pushing a mop.

Boss dog

November 8th, 2012
9:08 am

You people really turn my stomach. You talk about wanting a NC and then your out here bashing the players for who they voted for. Everyone has a right to vote for who they want . If not there would only be one name on the ballot. Why not shut the hell up and let them get back to football instead of listening to all this BS from sore losers?GATA GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!

Boss dog

November 8th, 2012
9:20 am

@ Fed Up Nov.6 @9:51 If your so fed up why don’t you go hide somewhere and blow your brains out? No one really gives a s— how fed up you are. Now let’s talk football and put this other garbage behind us.

Dawgs2

November 8th, 2012
9:54 am

It just shows that sm people are racist and mad that Obama beat out another redneck repub.lol now they hating on dawgs that voted for Obama.this state is so messed up bc the good ole boy generation is about to die off and change is coming.btw @ the truth u suck.talking bout urban areas u are your sisters brother/husband aren’t you

DawginNY

November 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

@Dawgs2, who is racist? You’re the one calling republicans redneck. This is typical hypocricy of the left.

I will agree that it is rediculous for anyone to question the motives of people just because they vote differently. It is not only possible, but healthy for intelligent people with good intentions to occasionally disagree.

Tman

November 9th, 2012
7:11 am

The republicans lost because Fox news could not any more angry old white men to vote in the last days of the election. Many people on this blog could care less about poor people unless their kids play football on for their college team on Saturday and that is the truth. Look at the stands on Saturdays?

WtfWruthnkn

November 9th, 2012
8:14 am

Romney swept the confederate states……

America spoke

November 9th, 2012
9:45 am

With all the resources available to FB players, why isn’t there someone on the UGA staff to facilitate with getting absentee ballots to the players? That should’ve started the first week of school!
Go Dawgs! Go Obama! If you don’t like the election results, and you don’t want to work towards a better America, I suggest you move to a country with a one-party, theocratic government – such as Iran! Grumpy, old white men are a minority now – thank goodness! Signed, and intelligent, non-grumpy, old white man!

Jimmy

November 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

When “grumpy old white men” ran this country, everybody was much better off. Just sayin.