Move fails to reverse Augusta election date

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 12:09 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 2:10 AM
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ATLANTA — The Georgia House of Representatives soundly defeated a motion Monday to reconsider changing the date of Augusta elections.

The House voted 50-95 on a motion by Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, to reconsider Friday’s decision to shift municipal elections from November to July. He had hoped to change some minds over the weekend.

Friday’s vote of 95-58 was on House Bill 776 by Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta. She said she was simply correcting a misunderstanding about a law enacted last year that changed the election date for nonpartisan, judicial and consolidated government posts. Augusta officials relied on a letter from the attorney general’s office saying that law didn’t apply to Augusta because of how the city charter is worded.

Sims’ bill, if it passes the Senate and receives Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature, would trump the letter.

There was no debate on Monday’s motion. Now Sims’ bill goes to the Senate.

The bill appears not to have the support of most Augusta commissioners.

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles was one of seven commissioners voting Monday in favor of drafting a resolution in favor of keeping the elections in November.

“It would benefit a third-party candidate more to have an election in November,” said Bowles.

The resolution was requested by Commissioners Bill Lockett and J.R. Hatney.

Lockett said Monday that Sims’ bill lacked the support of other Augusta legislators.

He recalled a prior commission resolution characterizing Augusta commission and Richmond County marshal elections as taking place “on the date of the presidential and gubernatorial elections.”

Commissioner Jerry Brigham joined Joe Jackson and Grady Smith in voting against the resolution.

“We have always followed state law on the holding of elections,” Brigham said. “This law applies to all consolidated governments in Georgia.”

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showboat
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showboat 02/27/12 - 12:32 pm
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I am going to work very hard
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I am going to work very hard to get sims out of office, that will be my goal.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/27/12 - 12:40 pm
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Showboat posted (but it

Showboat posted (but it didn't show up):

I am going to work very hard to get Sims out of office, that will be my goal.

Well, you've got plenty of time. She is on the ballot in November.

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showboat 02/27/12 - 03:38 pm
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I know she is on the ballot
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I know she is on the ballot for November!!!!!!!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/28/12 - 07:43 am
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Suppress is a harsh word. I

Suppress is a harsh word. I wish someone could tell me how holding a free election in July suppresses only black voters. The blazing heat affects people of all colors and political persuasions. In fact, the heat should suppress the melanin challenged moreso than the melanin blessed.

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lsmith 02/28/12 - 10:25 am
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I think he's implying that
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I think he's implying that blacks are more atp to vote during a presidential election. That might be true this year with a black pres.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/28/12 - 12:55 pm
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Susan McCord wrote: Mayor Pro

Susan McCord wrote:

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles was one of seven commissioners voting Monday in favor of drafting a resolution in favor of keeping the elections in November. “It would benefit a third-party candidate more to have an election in November,” said Bowles.

It has been a good thing to have Joe Bowles on the commission, and I will miss him when he is gone next year. But I can find no logic in this assertion here. How can he possibly think that third party candidates benefit more in November non-partisan elections than in July non-partisan elections? Augusta commission and mayoral races are non-partisan. The candidates qualify on a level pad. There is no such thing as a "third party" in a non-partisan race.

Sometimes, commissioner, it is okay to say, “No comment.” to Ms. McCord.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/28/12 - 01:00 pm
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From the article: Lockett

From the article:

Lockett said Monday that Sims’ bill lacked the support of other Augusta legislators.

Duh. Sure, it lacked support of Wayne Howard and Hardie Davis and Quincy Murphy. But it had the support of Jesse Stone. I salute Rep. Barbara Sims for having the courage of her convictions. The state of Georgia in 2011 went on record as seeing the need for all non-partisan elections to be held on the same date statewide. A state law was passed. But Augusta scoffed at that state law and said they were ignoring it. Rep. Sims is trying to promote a respect for the law, something foreign to our commission.

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