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Some candidates are no-shows at city polls

ALBANY, Ga. -- A look at the voting records of incumbents and challengers for Albany City Commission seats show a mix of voting activity and reveal that some of the candidates have never voted in Albany municipal races.

Public records obtained from the Dougherty County Elections Office show that all of those seeking public office in the 2011 city of Albany races were previously registered to vote and had voted in previous non-municipal elections.

Those elections include decisions for offices such as Dougherty County Commission, governor, state Legislature, Congress and the White House.

But municipal races are a different story.

Those races are coded differently from general elections in the elections' office computer system.

Using this information, The Albany Herald has learned that at least three candidates running for City Commission seats have not voted anyone for Albany City Commission or mayor over the past teo decades.

Starting with the mayoral candidates, participation in various elections dating to the earliest year possible on the county's computer system -- 1990 -- varied starkly among the candidates.

According to the records, candidate B.J. Fletcher has been a registered voter at her current address since 2000. She has voted in the general elections, primaries and runoffs at least eight times. The only city race she participated in was a February 2004 special election.

No votes were recorded prior to 2000.

Former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard has been a registered voter at her current location since 1974. Since 1990, she has voted in general primary, special and runoff elections 46 times. As for municipal or city races, Hubbard has participated in eight elections.

Former state representative John White has been a registered voter at his current address since 1970, according to the documents, and voted in general primary, runoff and special elections 43 times since 1990. White voted in 10 municipal races since 1991.

The Herald also pulled the records of candidates for the Ward II races.

Cheryl Calhoun, who, according to her affidavit, moved to Dougherty County five years ago and who has lived in Ward II for one year and two months, has been registered to vote since 2006 and has voted in three elections: the general and runoff in 2008 and the general in 2010. She has not had an opportunity to vote in a municipal election.

Ivey Hines has been a registered voter at his current address since 1980. He's voted at least 43 times in general elections, runoffs and primaries since 1990. He's voted in 11 municipal elections since 1991.

Melissa Strother has been registered since she turned 18 in 2002. Since that time, she's voted nine times in general elections, primaries and runoffs. She has yet to vote in any municipal elections.

In the battle for Ward IV, incumbent Roger Marietta has been registered to vote at his current address since 2000, but has voted in elections in Dougherty County since 1994. According to the records, Marietta has voted in general elections, primaries and runoffs 37 times since 1994. He's voted in five municipal elections and runoffs.

Marietta's opponent, Jason McCoy, has been registered to vote at his current address since 1999, but has been voting in Dougherty County since 1996. He's voted in general elections, primaries and runoffs six times since 1996. He has participated in no municipal elections.

In the Ward VI contest, incumbent Tommie Postell has been a registered voter at his present address since 1961 and has voted in general elections, primaries and runoffs 40 times since 1990. He's voted in municipal races at least eight times since 1990.

Former county commissioner and Ward VI candidate Victor Edwards, has been registered to vote at his current address since 1999. He's voted in at least 20 different general elections, primaries and runoffs. He's voted in at least three municipal elections.

Kowana McKinney has been registered to vote in Dougherty County at her present address since 1994. She's voted in at least 16 general elections, primaries and runoffs and three municipal races.

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Localalbany 3 years, 1 month ago

Melissa Strother was registered at her parent's address, which is not in the city, until 2007, when she married and moved to Ward 2. I'm sure the voting records show this, but of course it was left out.

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DonnaDriskell 3 years, 1 month ago

J.D.,

Interesting angle! I hope you have time to check out the voting history, prior to election, of those serving now. It would be a good comparison to see if those in office now voted before they could vote for themselves.

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