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Heard withdraws election lawsuit

BOE at-large write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard announced Tuesday he is withdrawing his lawsuit against the Dougherty County Board of Elections.

BOE at-large write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard announced Tuesday he is withdrawing his lawsuit against the Dougherty County Board of Elections.

ALBANY, Ga. — Lorenzo Heard told reporters and supporters Tuesday that he will drop a lawsuit filed against the Dougherty County Board of Elections to get onto the ballot for the Nov. 6 election and instead pin his hopes on write-in votes to win a Dougherty County School Board seat.

Heard, the pastor at Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church, has been certified as a write-in candidate, meaning that any votes that have been written for the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat will be counted. He’s opposing Democrat Lane Price, who beat incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in the July primary election. There is no Republican nominee.

“We are withdrawing our lawsuit against the Dougherty County Board of Elections to concentrate on our write-in campaign,” Heard said. “We reached this decision after talking with supporters and our staff and discovered the write-in campaign and lawsuit were causing lot of confusion among the voters. People were asking if their vote was going to count.

“We’re not giving up, but to wait any longer would be detrimental to the campaign.”

Heard sued the Board of Elections in late August after it determined in a unanimous vote that he was not qualified to be included on the ballot for the race as an independent candidate because he lacked the requisite number of signatures and failed to properly fill out the paperwork needed to qualify.

Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge J. Richard Porter III held two days of hearings and gave Elections Board attorney Ed Collier and Heard attorneys Maurice King and Henry Williams until this Friday to file written closing arguments.

The motion to dismiss came as a surprise to Collier.

“If the dismissal was filed, it means the lawsuit should have never been filed in the first place,” Collier said. “Their whole case was built on false affidavits — both the Notice of Candidacy and the petition signatures. I plan on filing a motion for attorney fees. There is no reason the taxpayers of Dougherty County should have to pay the bill to defend such a flimsy case.”

Heard’s attorney didn’t see it that way.

“This was a very difficult decision to reach because the merits of the case favor the pastor,” Williams said. “As an attorney, I am not the boss. Rev. Heard is the boss and he wants to focus on the campaign rather than a lawsuit. We made our case before the judge and I am satisfied that the Board of Elections flubbed it. It’s time we fixed the corruption in our elections office.

“This is a long way from being over.”

Heard contended that it was the elections office that erred when employees there refused to accept his original application. He also disputed the number of signatures that were required as offered up by elections officials.

As the news conference ended, Heard vowed to conduct a vigorous campaign in the short time left before the election.

“We are going to continue to make phone calls and knock on doors,” Heard said. “We want to give the people a choice in November. A write-in candidate has never won an election in the state of Georgia. We can be the first.”

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 1 month ago

When can we expect the DA to look into the fraudulent signatures? Cue the crickets...

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey, the DA isn't going to do a thing. This is ALL political and he is not going to do any digging......if any.... until after the election. I know the DA has noone running against him, but he still does not want anything to make him look bad. That is why he did not try the Riggins case, he knew what the outcome would be. That is why he is not trying the Baker's case, he knows what the outcome is going to be. Just pure politics, that's all.

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bigbob 2 years, 1 month ago

This guy is a clown just the the bowtie man. The DA would be wasting taxpayer money to look into this Heard has the black in Albany defense works every time.

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Bulldawg 2 years, 1 month ago

What Heard is saying is that he knows he will lose the lawsuit. He is just "hoping" that he will receive enough votes as a write in candidate. This is just an obvious sham. Give me a break!!! This is an example of tax money being wasted once again.

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dmyers80 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree bulldawg... He's one of those kids that would quit when they see they are about to lose the game!!

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budcollier1956 2 years, 1 month ago

No, no, no ... Heard opened this bag of worms, he has cost the city/county tens of thousands of dollars, through testimony that disclosed an over penned faxsimile signature intentionally submitted as an original, photocopied notaries, a time-stamped campaign document taken from a government office and destroyed, and an attorney's argument to set aside the Election Code Law in favor of consideration of the will of a certain group of voters. Of course the taxpayers will pay for the defense legal cost, who paid for his? Point is, there are serious questions and repercussions here remaining to be answered, not the least of which is the integrity of the law itself and what is due to the citizens of this community. The system is run amuck, its not time for peace or reconciliation or pacification, its time to stop the years of reoccuring and recountless madness, its time to let judgment take its course, to pay the devil his due and see this through. As in Billy Sunday's great sermon "payday someday", time waits for no man, judgment comes to us all. Let the judge rule. God help us all.

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LoneCycler 2 years, 1 month ago

A week ago I came out of the grocery and found a Rev. Heard campaign flyer under my windshield wiper. On the reverse side it gave the steps for writing him in on the ballot. He decided to forgo the lawsuit some time ago and spend money on the write-in option. One of his listed accomplishments on the flyer was "Partnering with the DCSS for the past 8 years to provide Truancy in middle and high schools." I wasn't aware the DCSS needed more truancy. Am I missing something here?

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chinaberry25 2 years, 1 month ago

He ought to have to re-imburse the city for its cost. That I do agree with and yes, he was going to lose. Hope his lawyer got the money up front.

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GOBEME 2 years, 1 month ago

Did he drop the suit because if he lost he couldn't run as a write-in? I can't believe people are standing behind him!! Come on he needs to stay out of this, if he is any kind of Pastor or Rev. or whatever.

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

No, he would have been able to run as a write in regardless, he filed the suit to have his name on the ballot.

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ontario1966 2 years, 1 month ago

What an Idiot!! I hope they file charges against him! And if they come knocking on my door, or touch my truck? Trust me it will be on!!

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ontario1966 2 years, 1 month ago

Something else? Who is his supporters? Mickey Mouse? Probably just his wife? She is the only one crazy enough to be with somebody like that? That whole church business with him is a crock! Please file charges against him!!

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Bulldawg 2 years, 1 month ago

The city needs to send Heard a bill for the court proceedings. I wonder if the court could sue him for bringing a false suit?

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RedEric 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow! This is way better than Saturday morning serials ever were. Do these people really have a brain, because if they did they would surely realize how dumb this looks. Amazing!

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

remember y'all people that is voting for the Reverend it is spelled HURD. that's H-U-R-D.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes. That's correct - - G a r b o n z o H u r d I V.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

The office of elections here in Albany has already got it in for Rev. Heard and this election will be flawed. The office will make sure will NOT WIN.......Let me prove my point... 1) They are still mad at Heard because if nothing else, he exploited their unorganized and sloppy ways of handling business.... and nobody trusts them anymore. 2) To make Heard a "write in" is a death sentence here in Albany because simply spelling his name is too much of a challenge for some people. For example; If you write "Rev. Heard" your vote might not count. If you mis-spell "Lorenzo Heard" your vote wont count. Finally, if you just write "Heard", your vote wont count.......So, he has no chance!! Many people are just too lazy to even attempt to write his name around here in good ole' country Albany,Ga!! This is Albany's way of rigging the election. Lane Price will win by default. He should not have dropped his lawsuit as he had them by the neck and let them go. ( i wanted to use another word instead of "neck" but ummm, you know!!) His best chance is to apply to be a candidate well in advance next year. This crap is stacked against him now and he has no chance.

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

THEY MUST HAVE BEEN MIS-EDUCATED IN THE DCSS. TOO DUMB TO SPELL A NAME OR VOTE

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

corch, Everyone, even you i'm sure, knows that if ABW had won, heard would not even be trying to get elected. He is ONLY running because Dr. Price, a white person, beat ABW, a black person. If that's not the case then why can't ANYONE explain why he was NOT on the ballot for the primaries? (rhetorical). Further more.....IF heard had filed an ORIGINAL application along with the $$ ON TIME, he wouldn't have to worry about the write-in stuff! He'd be on the ballot already! I don't know if it was HIS racist mind that made him want to run AFTER the WHITE person won.....OR......if someone elses racist mind (bush, murfree, his "congregation") was what pushed him in that direction, but he doesn't deserve to win. And if he's being supported by people who don't understand how write-ins work, well then, the dcss is in more trouble than i thought if, God forbid, he pulls this out (which he won't).

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ontario1966 2 years, 1 month ago

Coach you need counseling? Lmao!!! Loser! Ooh by the way there are no elections next year? You must have a 7 grade education?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

next year....year after next...it doesnt matter dufus!!! .....he is not gonna make it this year.......(yo moma taught me in 7th grade)

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 1 month ago

Which explains why people can't spell his name

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

coach, you made it to the 7th grade, wow.

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

but that's where it stopped

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beartrap 2 years, 1 month ago

coach,did it ever ocur to you that if a person is too stupid,ignorant or uneducated to spell Heard maybe they don't need to be voting.......

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

HOW DO YOU THINK JUNEBUG GOT ELECTED?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

No......everybody deserves the right to vote. Smart and Dumb people are allowed to vote.........I mean ...you voted for Bush right???? hehehe

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

and you voted for Obuma. Nuff said.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

Romney is rude and arrogant.....

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

This just in....Obama smashes Romney in round two of the debates!!! Mitt just could not answer the bell on 1) Libya 2) contraception 3) his tax plan 4) His pension 5) his comparision to BUSH 6) The middle class taxes 7) immigration and deportation 8) 47% 9) "the acts of terror comment"...10) foreign policy .......and finally ...keeping his composure and acting like a mature man involved in a very important debate....instead, he was rude, childish, and confrontational. VERY UN-PRESIDENTIAL LIKE!!! Congrats to President!!!! You will be re-elected!!!

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 1 month ago

Troll drinking Kool-aid. Please ignore!

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Fletch 2 years, 1 month ago

What debate was this kid watching?!!

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

ALL THE NAME CALLING AND BOMBAST ASIDE, I'M FOR ANYONE WHO WILL USE THAT SEAT TO EFFECT CHANGE THAT WILL MOVE THE DCSS FAR FROM WHAT IT CURRENTLY IS, A SYSTEM RUN BY KNUCKLE-HEADS. YOU START OFF BY ELECTING SOMEONE WITHOUT A LOT OF BAGGAGE. YOU HIRE ALREADY QUALIFIED ADMINISTRATORS, NOT SCRAPE THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL. LET'S SEE: 1 SELF ORDAINED REVEREND(BUSH) 1 MAIL- ORDER DOCTOR(BROWN) 1 TOOTHLESS MORON WHO LOST ALL OF HIS BUSINESSES(JUNEBUG) 1WHO MISMANAGES A SIMPLE LUNCH FORM(VELVET) 2 WELL-MEANING DRONES WHO DID NOT VOTE FOR HIRING MURFREE(ELUM AND THARIN) AND 1 VOICE OF REASON AND LOGIC(MASCHKE). SORRY HEARD, THERES ALREADY 1 "REVEREND" AND YOU BRING NOTHING TO THE TABLE BUT TROUBLE. SOMEONE NEEDS TO RUN AGAINST JUNEBUG. ANYONE QUALIFIED?

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

NEXT HEADLINE: MURFREE'S CONTRACT EXPIRES. DCSS SEARCHES FOR A QUALIFIED SUPERINTENDANT. SOUNDS LIKE A WINNER TO ME.

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

WELL I'LL BE DAMNED, HEADLINE: BOE WILL NOT RENEW MURFEE'S CONTRACT. THE VERY NEXT DAY TOO. THAT CAT MRKIA IS ONE BAD MUTHA (SHUT YO MOUTH) WE JUST TALKIN' BOUT MRKIA (WELL WE CAN DIG IT).

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mnavie1111 2 years, 1 month ago

Whites are so bold hiding behind keyboards. Wouldn't say have the racist bull-- face to face to the people u talk about. Hey but what else can a bunch of honey boo boo loving rednecks do but hide like the clan.

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

YOU PRESUME THAT EVERYONE THAT DOES NOT HOLD TO YOUR POSITION IS WHITE. JUST AS NOT EVERYONE CARES FOR THE LITTLE INBRED HILLBILLY.

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Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

LOL. Are you really black or some white kid trying to make blacks look ignorant and uneducated?

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 1 month ago

Honey Boo Boo is supporting Obama!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

You do know that Klan is spelled with a "K"? Right? That's right, it's just a story that you can't relate to today, can't even remember how to spell it.

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bigbob 2 years, 1 month ago

mnavie1111 you are a racist clown to write this statement. A white person would have been laughed out of the elections office. Only a black so called preacher would get away with this crap.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

The next step for Heard after he loses the election as a write-in candidate will be to sue the Elections Board for not counting all the various versions of his name on all them ballots. Just watch and learn about Sister's Major Prophetic Gifts.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 1 month ago

in a fair election....he might win!! This "write in" stuff has no chance!

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

corch, Everyone, even you i'm sure, knows that if ABW had won, heard would not even be trying to get elected. He is ONLY running because Dr. Price, a white person, beat ABW, a black person. If that's not the case then why can't ANYONE explain why he was NOT on the ballot for the primaries? (rhetorical). Further more.....IF heard had filed an ORIGINAL application along with the $$ ON TIME, he wouldn't have to worry about the write-in stuff! He'd be on the ballot already! I don't know if it was HIS racist mind that made him want to run AFTER the WHITE person won.....OR......if someone elses racist mind (bush, murfree, his "congregation") was what pushed him in that direction, but he doesn't deserve to win. And if he's being supported by people who don't understand how write-ins work, well then, the dcss is in more trouble than i thought if, God forbid, he pulls this out (which he won't).

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

OBVIOUSLY GOD DID NOT WANT HEARDS NAME ON THE BALLOT. WHERE ARE ALL THE BIBLE THUMPERS NOW? TALK ABOUT GOD'S WILL.

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MRKIA 2 years, 1 month ago

NONE OF THIS WOULD BE MUCH OF AN ISSUE IF NOT FOR THE BACKROOM HIRING OF THAT KNUCKLEHEAD MURFREE AND HAVE IT BACKFIRE ON THEM. THE BIGGEST THING FACING THE DCSS BOARD IS HIS CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT. LET HIS CONTRACT EXPIRE AND START THE PROCESS ANEW. THE TEACHERS DON'T WANT HIM EITHER. IT'S A WIN-WIN NO BRAINER.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

When you are about to be exposed for your attempted system manipulation, you withdraw in order to save face. Otherwise people might suspect you are well below the Lord's Teachings, let alone his calling. I don't believe any of the many Gods people worship condone cheating. Either in an election, or with women other than your wife. Would they Mr, Heard?

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Coach......in a normal election, he could win. He should try again under normal circumstances and let the public choose the normal way. Regardless, I am curious of what the board is gonna do first with the new "gang of four" in November.........what do you think?

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

corch a.k.a BSR, Everyone, even you i'm sure, knows that if ABW had won, heard would not even be trying to get elected. He is ONLY running because Dr. Price, a white person, beat ABW, a black person. If that's not the case then why can't ANYONE explain why he was NOT on the ballot for the primaries? (rhetorical). Further more.....IF heard had filed an ORIGINAL application along with the $$ ON TIME, he wouldn't have to worry about the write-in stuff! He'd be on the ballot already! I don't know if it was HIS racist mind that made him want to run AFTER the WHITE person won.....OR......if someone elses racist mind (bush, murfree, his "congregation") was what pushed him in that direction, but he doesn't deserve to win. And if he's being supported by people who don't understand how write-ins work, well then, the dcss is in more trouble than i thought if, God forbid, he pulls this out (which he won't).

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey cockroach johnson, why do you keep the bubbasmithredneck posting? everybody knows it is you.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 1 month ago

your the main one still "stroking the coach" every chance you get......

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

Go blow your nose coach, you have too much snot built up inside. You think you're cute posting as BSR, you're an idiot that needs professional counciling.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 1 month ago

check your spelling and stop "stroking da Corch".......its not a good look.....

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

The stamped document legitmate or not should not have been returned to Heard's minion. The comments made to Heard by the Election Board staff were in appropriate. They all (to a person) need to be fired and now, including the election board. They ruined the city commission election this past year and manipulated the election so that two candidates were excluded and a ward was unable to vote correctly. I drove my new neighbor to register and no one could assure the ward he was registering in. He was told to vote early and things would be worked out. My wife's absentee vote application didn't have a return address on it and no one was sure where to send it. I was told "probably to send it back to this office." Doco's attorney will play hell getting money out of Heard to pay for the expense of this suit. Good luck. The real action to follow should be to fire Ginger Nixon, Mrs. Crowdis, the other staff and the election board.

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ontario1966 2 years, 1 month ago

I just asked a friend of mine, which he is a very much God fearing man, if a Rev or Min has to be licened in order to run a church? He told me NO? He said any person can call them self a Rev or a Minister and call them a son of God all they want and try to get people to follow them. It really makes me sick about all this racist crap that goes on in this city? And everything that Heard has said and done is beyond sickening! Anybody that is really giving him money or in his so called church, really needs to look and see what they are following.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

Are you referring to any of the many Grants they have in particular?

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B4it 2 years, 1 month ago

I am glad he has dropped the lawsuit. Even if Heard had qualified to be on the ballot, he is still not qualified to be on the School Board.

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

You know, Heard's crew is campaigning on the sidewalks in front of the governmental building. Write-In.................I guess they are giving the flyers to people before they enter the building to make sure they know how to spell his name. I have not seen any other campaiging going on....................too funny!!!!!

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

Just FYI jglass, his name doesn't have to be spelled correctly. It's just has to be close for the vote to be counted. Georgia changed that law a few years ago...

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

So, they don't have to know how to spell a name AND they don't want to bring an ID (but they have to)? Why don't the elections officials just ask these people who they want to vote for and how many times they would like their votes to count? here's a hypothetical that will probably NEVER happen: what would happen if there were 2 write-ins with similar names, i.e. Brown and Braun OR johnson and johnston OR obama and osama? If some can't spell then there would be some ballots posted for the unintended candidate!

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm not sure why they changed the law although I suspect that it was done before we had computerized voting so every official write-in ballot would've been done by hand and reading handwriting can be subjective. Now that most of the people who will be voting in this election can write-in using a computer touchscreen, deciphering a name isn't the hardship that it once was.

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

I think when Da Corch was born, the doctor made a mistake. Instead of spanking Da Corch to wake him up, he should have spanked his mama.

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Witchita 2 years, 1 month ago

Arguing with Johnson is like arguing with a toad! He will just bow up his neck, croak a little and jump off. Johnson is just a product of the uneducated masses of this area, trying to pretend he holds a degree from as he said "ASC". Let him spout his racist crap, let him pretend he has any clue of political science and let him pretend he may actually be a coach. I doubt he can present any degree, or even a credential certifying him as a coach. Let him write his whimsical BS, but don't give the satisfaction of arguing. Arguing with him is like arguing with the toad. In the end WE loss brain cells and he will remain just as dumb as the toad. Forest Gump says"Stupid is as Stupid Does". Let Johnson have an opinion and we can all have a good laugh for the day.

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, J.D., but the flyers will insure that the spelling is correct. Is that church on Westover on the right just past Gillionville his church? Went by there yesterday and OMGoodness at the candidate signs (Heard) everywhere. It is making the lot next door look really.............................

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

If they do not need to spell Heard's name right, what happens if someone who can't write marks the ballot with an X?

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

Not quite. Under the law, it has to be obvious that they're intent was to vote for the individual meaning that they could write in "Larenzo Hurd" or maybe even just "HRD" or "Lorenzo," etc., and it would count. Obviously that lends itself to interpretation which requires a person to determine which votes should count which is a slippery slope. But merely marking an "X" for a candidate wouldn't work under the spirit of the law.

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

What if by chance you had two people with the same name running for office under a write in vote? Whether the name was spelled correctly or incorrectly, how would they know which one they were voting for? Suppose Lorenzo Heard had a twin brother named Larenzo Heard? And somebody wrote in Loronzo Heard, who would that vote go to?

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Cranky 2 years, 1 month ago

J. D. .....have you heard that the electronic keyboards on some of the voting machines will not recognize incorrect spelling of candidates names? Someone told me that in the 11th District in Georgia there was a complaint about a computer chip problem in the small plastic credit card type thing you are given to vote with. You have most likely voted with one in the past. It displays your ballot and records your vote electronically. Curious if you had heard that.? Time to get on a fact finding mission I guess.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

I did Early Voting today and wrote in the following:

"WHORE-ENZO HURRLL"

Do you think that will count for "The Rev" ???

I threw up a little bit in my mouth as I cast my vote..........

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 1 month ago

Sister Ruby.......are you one of the "Binders of Women" Romney talked about?

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

if you knew what President Romney was talking about you would understand that your statement makes absolutely no sense

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

It's people like Heard who the Bible says "enter weak women's houses and take advantage". God Said It!!

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