I am as far removed from agricultural production as one can be. Due to my recent appreciation of the centrality of agriculture to our life, I began watching Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Farm Monitor (Twitter & Facebook & YouTube) to learn more. I’ve really enjoyed the show, and I’ve been telling people about it & sharing clips on social media. Nevertheless, recent episodes have promoted industrial/pharmacological agriculture, and I’ve begun to think about the show more critically.Continue reading
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.
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.
In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:
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.
As your constituent, I urge you to push in future legislative sessions for the following improvements to our elections, which could all be accomplished without changes to the United States Constitution: Continue reading
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.
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[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.