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Term limits on Columbia County Board of Elections agenda

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:09 AM
Last updated 11:28 PM
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The Columbia County BOard of Elections will meet the day after the primary election to prepare for a referendum on the next election.

The meeting, set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, will be held at the Board of Elections office in Evans, said Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.

The board will accept the call for a special referendum election in response to legislation allowing voters to decide whether to impose a two-term limit on Columbia County commissioners, Gay said.

The action is a formality, but is required before the referendum can be approved by the U.S. Justice Department and placed on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

Columbia County commissioners in January unanimously approved a resolution asking the county’s legislative delegation to place the term limits question on the county ballot. State Rep. Ben Harbin sponsored the local legislation, which won approval from the Legislature and later was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Voters in November will be asked whether to approve a measure that, starting next year, would limit county commissioners to holding the same seat for two consecutive four-year terms. It wouldn’t apply to the current terms of incumbent commissioners, but would start at their next election.

Commissioners and the chairman would be required to sit out for at least one year before seeking the same office again, though a chairman would be allowed to run for a district seat, and a district commissioner would be allowed to run for chairman.

The measure would not apply to members of the school board.

Currently, county commissioners, school board members and the chairmen of both five-member bodies serve four-year terms, with elections staggered so that no more than three from each body are up for election in the same year.

State lawmakers are elected to two-year terms with no statutory limits on the number they can serve. U.S. House members serve unlimited two-year terms, while U.S. senators serve unlimited six-year terms. Georgia’s governor, like the United States president, is limited to two consecutive four-year terms.

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onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 07/31/12 - 07:54 am
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If Congress has to pass term

If Congress has to pass term limits on itself, it will never happen. Maybe a local government will get this through, but on a bigger scale, it will never happen. Impress me, try to pass this through the state senate.

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JRC2024 07/31/12 - 08:35 am
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Term limits should be on all

Term limits should be on all elected offices and the salery ends when the term does as well as the health insurance benifits. It is just awful that the taxpayer has to foot these bills.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 07/31/12 - 09:27 am
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Just think JRC, both Bushes

Just think JRC, both Bushes and Clinton still have secret service details, as well as, Mitt Romney, and he isn't even president. More of your tax money going to places you didn't even think about!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/31/12 - 11:40 pm
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Onlysane1

Add to that the pensions and bennies of congresspeople who served a term or two. It is no wonder they lie and cheat to get in, and stay in, office.

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