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May 20 Augusta elections set

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 5:23 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 1:08 AM
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A bill with the effect of moving Augusta’s mayoral and commission elections to May 20 was approved Friday by the Georgia House of Representatives.

House Bill 310, which schedules the state general partisan primary on May 20 to align with the date of the federal primary and save local governments the expense of holding two primary elections, passed in the house 164-0, according to state records.

Now needing only the governor’s signature, the bill gives certainty to Augusta candidates and voters – accustomed to electing leaders of the consolidated government in November – who will elect a new mayor and five commissioners this year.

The Augusta elections were held on the first Tuesday in November until a Republican-led effort to move nonpartisan races to the summer ensnared Augusta-Richmond County, which had traditionally conducted elections as a city, not a county.

The U.S. Department of Justice rejected the effort as one to suppress Augusta minority voter turnout, but since the U.S. Supreme Court overruled part of the Voting Rights Act requiring preclearance of voting changes, state and local officials moved forward with the date change.

Retired Army Sgt. Sammie Sias, a candidate for commission District 4 who has been involved in Augusta voting rights issues, said concerns “that touch everybody” will get voters to the polls, regardless of the election date.

“If the candidates are out working hard and motivating people, I think we’ll get a good turnout,” Sias said.

The bill also moves candidate qualifying to the week of March 3 and requires candidates to file an additional report of campaign contributions on March 31.

The District 4 race has attracted at least three announced candidates: Sias, activist minister Rev. Melvin Ivey and retired Army combat parachutist Willie Peoples.

Seeking the mayor’s seat include four announced candidates: Sen. Hardie Davis, Commissioner Alvin Mason, businesswoman Helen Blocker-Adams and businessman Charles Cummings.

Running for the District 2 commission post are Veterans Administration retiree Dennis Williams and minister Cleveland Garrison, who filed a notice of his intent earlier this week.

Announced candidates for Super District 10 include incumbent Grady Smith and attorney Brandon Dial.

The district 6 and 8 commission races each have only one contender, journalist Ben Hasan and incumbent Wayne Guilfoyle.

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dade30906
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dade30906 01/17/14 - 08:16 pm
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Georgia would again need federal OK

Every since,the people elected the first black president we have seen so many changes by Republican controlled states to deter minority voters. A bill introduced Thursday ,by Congress members,to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional, is needed.

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Dixieman 01/17/14 - 09:20 pm
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Dixieman sez:

Vote early -- and often!

Pops
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Pops 01/17/14 - 11:11 pm
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Why don't they do a

free turkey and toy giveaway at all the polls on that election day. From the past pictures I have seen in the Chronicle, folks will find a way come, heck or high water, and will be there in droves. Oh, by the way folks, you gotta vote to get the goodies.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/18/14 - 09:51 am
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You nailed it Pops!!!!!! Politics and free bar b que. LOL LOL
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You nailed it Pops!!!!!! Politics and free bar b que. LOL LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/18/14 - 09:51 am
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More election dates, more fraud, more corruption, fewer voters
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More election dates, more fraud, more corruption, fewer voters

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/18/14 - 09:52 am
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Its not who votes, but who counts the votes--Josef Stalin
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Its not who votes, but who counts the votes--Josef Stalin

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