Use Georgia Secretary of State Website to Check Status of Your Absentee Ballot

I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.

I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:

Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.

Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.

Landing My Voter Page (1)

Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.

MVP Voter Page Info Accessible redacted

 

In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:

My absentee ballot status

I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.

If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.

Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”

Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.

Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.

Georgia Legislature Can Enact Important Election Reforms

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Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) Accuses Federal Judges of Terrorism for Refusing to Endorse Religious Displays in Public Buildings

As your constituents, we are saying to you that we are sick and tired of having our country and its religious heritage and its freedoms hijacked by a judicial terrorists. [sic]

Jody Hice delivered this speech November 22, 2003 in Atlanta. In the speech, he demanded that:

I call upon members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation to support legislation to limit The jurisdiction of federal judges. [sic]

He directed harsh words in particular to Judge William O’Kelley (died July 5, 2017), who ruled against the installation of The Ten Commandments in public buildings in Habersham County, Georgia.

At that time, he was the head of Ten Commandments – Georgia, which pushes municipalities and county governments to install plaques of The Ten Commandments and other documents in public buildings. He is currently the representative of Georgia’s Tenth Congressional District.

To read this terrifying speech from November 22, 2003, download it from Ten Commandments – Georgia. If that organization removes the document, I’ve stored it in scribd.com.

Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

 The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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Augusta Docudrama Premiere of “The Sultan & The Saint” Apr 30, 3 pm

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During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.

Join us for the Augusta Premiere to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

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State of Georgia in 1939: African-American recreation facilities only needed to include “simple local developments”

Throughout the [Georgia] State Planning Board’s Report on Outdoor Recreation in Georgia (1939), the writers advocated for segregated recreational facilities based on racial and socioeconomic categories. … For white “land owners,” prime destinations apparently included coastal and mountain destinations “during the warm summer months” and “especially when crop prospects” were favorable. But for “the white tenant class of the farming population,” the report observed, “recreation among the men and boys” consisted primarily “of hunting and fishing” and sports. Additionally, these white tenant families–perhaps white wives and girls more specifically–enjoyed “old fashioned church sociables [sic] … and special events” such as barbecues. Finally the authors assessed African Americans, who were not subcategorized as property owners or tenants or by their sex. The authors’ racial stereotypes assumed that African Americans’ recreation was “peculiar to their racial characteristics” and only “centered around churches.” As such, African American recreation facilities only needed to include “simple local developments, such as playfields with barbecue grounds and swimming pools.” African Americans, so the thinking went, would not like the beach or mountains, and these prescriptions ultimately limited African American exposure to particular types of outdoor recreation and environments.

From pp. 103-4, Southern Water, Southern Power: How the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region by Christopher J. Manganiello.