Results to be delayed on school board race

Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard

Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard

ALBANY, Ga. — Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard — along with the rest of Dougherty County — will have to wait until Friday, Nov. 9 — three days after election day — to learn who the winner of the highly-contested race will be, election officials say.

A memo sent from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office to county registrars and election officials across the state instructs them not to tabulate the results of write-in races until after both the touchscreen results and all of the paper ballots have been received.

"Please remember, write-in candidate reports should not be generated until after you have uploaded all valid provisional ballots and have counted all (military) ballots that have been timely received and postmarked no later than Election Day," the memo states.

The memo goes on to state that "you will need to combine the number of votes for each valid write-in candidate cast of optical scan ballots (paper ballots) with those cast on touchscreen ballots because the ... generated report only provides the vote total of those cast on the touchscreen units. (It) does not add the total votes for write-in candidates cast through the optical scan units to those cast on the touchscreen."

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says the message from the state to her office is clear: on write-in races, you must wait until Friday for the mailed-out ballots to be received so you can tabulate them with the touchscreen results.

"You don't have a tally for the touchscreen results and the (paper ballots)," Nickerson said. "Those will have to be combined by hand and the law allows for a couple of days for those ballots that were postmarked by election day to be received."

Nickerson said that, as of Wednesday, 1,331 paper ballots had been mailed out.

Price and Heard are engaged a race for the Dougherty County School Board's at-large seat. Price beat incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in the July Democratic Primary.

Shortly after the primary, Heard attempted to qualify as an independent candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot, but the Dougherty County Elections Board ruled he was ineligible to be included on the ballot because of failures to provide the requisite number of signed petitions and to submit an affidavit of candidacy.

Heard sued to appeal the board's decision in Dougherty Superior Court, but he announced this week he was dropping to focus on his write-in campaign.

As a write-in candidate, Heard's name won't appear on the ballot, but a voter can write in his name in the race.


redneckgourmet 2 years, 10 months ago

So, Heard's group is probably encouraging its voters to get their ballot mailed to them so that they can help spell his name correctly on it. And then, maybe some of those who mailed in their ballot can vote again on November 6. Wouldn't put it past him.


VSU 2 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, gotta make sure they can slip a few more write in votes in the event price has the lead. Common Sense would tell you the race shouldn't be tight, but then again this is Albany.


tywebb 2 years, 10 months ago

Dude, you just put common sense and Albany in the same sentence! you know you can't do that!


VSU 2 years, 10 months ago

I know , but in Albany anything is possible. I mean Murfree's contract not to be renewed? Who would have thought that?


ontario1966 2 years, 10 months ago

Tight Race? Who is kidding who? Heard has no chance on earth coming close to Mrs Price!


Shinedownfan 2 years, 10 months ago

With 1331 paper ballots mailed out, that dont need picture id's to vote... I'd say it could be close.


dingleberry 2 years, 10 months ago

Makes sense to me. You can't count the write ins until the number needed to overcome the official candidate is known.


Boardmember2 2 years, 10 months ago

A bit of comfort before everyone gets their panties in a tightwad: First: the procedure outlined in the Herald with respect to the Friday's certification of election results to the Sec. of State is that normal procedure followed in every election allowing necessary time for the receiving, accumulation, verification and certifying of all votes cast. It is a State controlled procedure. Second: A sample ballot and list of all official write-in candidates will be conspicuously posted at each polling place during the election. Each voter will be be able to see the write-in candidate's correct name as well as be encouraged by poll workers to look before entering the voting booth, Third: The voting machine where the voter easily accesses and types the name of the write-in candidate, accumulates, secures and provides a report of each write-in, by office, exactly as it is typed by the voter. Totaling of votes is a very easy and verifiable procedure, Forth: the election supervisor and Board of Elections, in the case where a write-in name is misspelled, will make every reasonable effort (as in the Election Code) to determine the intent of each voter as to whom they intended to vote. Misspelling errors will not void a voters write-in choice. Every effort is made to correctly validate a vote cast. Any rejected write-in would be doubly reviewed. Fifth: all ballots cast are recorded and tagged to the voter data base, no voter can cast more than one ballot, not by using multiple sources of, mail-in, absentee, early voting or voting on the day of the election. All mail-in and absentee ballots are signature verified to registration documents to assure authenticity of the voter. Lastly; The Members of the Board of Elections as well as the Elections Supervisor and her the Elections office staff, are from among the finest members of this community, they are the voters representative, appointed by and to be a cross representation from the community; black and white, Democrat, Republican, at large, county and city. Their only priority, through hundreds of dedicated hours of service, in their best efforts, is to assure the free access to an impartial and fair elections system governed by law. These Board members know the Election Code and strife to enforce it in every case as best can be done under each varying circumstance. It is not easy, but knowing the law and doing the law is never a question. This Board and Elections office is totally free of "corruption", "political bias" or misdirected intention. It exist only to serve the democratic process, any and all political candidates and the rights of every voter, whom ever they are.

In conclusion, ask questions as you will, that is your responsibility and right, and as you do, you will find yourself fortunate to being served by such people, such a system and law, that has a passion for this county, community, integrity and doing what is right perhaps more than even you yourself.


Fletch 2 years, 10 months ago

... This whole thing is conveniently planned as to appoint Heard the winner after Barak Hussein loses ... in a landslide by the way, This way Do Co. can asuage a bit of tghe rage against White Amerikaha ......


waltspecht 2 years, 10 months ago

Now remember if Heard really had the rumores 3000 signitures, that could be enough if Price Supporters sit at home because they think it is in the bag. Remember, you have to vote for Price again. Your vote from the Primary won't carry over to the election. I have run into this misconception three times already.


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