Via the AJC:
U.S. Justice Department challenges Georgia’s runoff calendar
1:26 pm June 22, 2012, by jgalloway
The U.S. Justice Department is threatening a legal challenge to the way that Georgia conducts federal – i.e., congressional — runoff elections, declaring that the state doesn’t give enough time for members of the military overseas to receive and return ballots.
Federal law requires that ballots be available to overseas personnel at least 45 days before the vote. That would require ballots for an Aug. 21 primary runoff to be issued by July 7 – or three weeks before the first round of voting.
Read the original notice, received last week, here. To make sure overseas votes are counted, the DOJ has proposed a consent order – click here to read it — that would require the state to hold off declaring official winners of an Aug. 21 primary runoff by seven working days, until Aug. 31. (A similar cushion would be added to any Dec. 4 general election runoff that involves federal office.)
Secretary of State Brian Kemp has declared he won’t agree to the DOJ demands, and implies that the action is simply an attempt by a Democratic administration to muddy a red state’s electoral affairs. From a statement:
Three days after sending notification of the DOJ’s authorization to sue the State of Georgia, the DOJ sent a proposed consent decree for the State to execute with the understanding that the DOJ would file the consent decree simultaneously with the DOJ’s lawsuit in federal court.
If the DOJ was earnest, they would have previously contacted us about their concerns rather than sending a notice of a lawsuit a month before the Primary Election. Georgia is literally in the middle of the 2012 Primary. Currently, ballots have been printed and absentee voters (military and overseas included) are voting, while the DOJ is attempting to twist the State’s arm into agreeing to a consent decree, the terms of which would place unnecessary stresses on the elections administration process, before even filing the lawsuit.
The DOJ has not previously expressed concerns about Georgia’s compliance with the MOVE Act, or Georgia’s ability to transmit absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters. In fact, the DOJ approved Georgia’s timing for run-off elections in 2005 after the General Assembly altered prior election laws.
Bottom line: If the DOJ gets all that it asks for, we could have a significant delay in a declared winner in two congressional races – the new 9th District and the 12th District. It makes little difference in the 9th District. There is a Democrat, Gainesville attorney Jody Cooley, but the district is very, very weighted toward the GOP.
But the Republican race for the 12th District is a contest to challenge Democratic incumbent John Barrow of Augusta. And a delayed or confused GOP finish could work to Barrow’s advantage.
– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
Unfortunately, Mr. Galloway left a great deal of relevant information out of his article, but to be fair, this story is just coming out today, and no one is really reporting on it as yet.
Several things I do know:
- This is not an attempt by the State of Georgia to disenfranchise the votes of our military members.
- The Justice Department sued the state in 2005, the result of which is the policy it has had in place ever since.
- The absentee ballots for the primary have already been mailed out – and Holder’s goons know this.
As more about this comes out in the coming days, I will be researching the additional information and posting accordingly.
I am not yet 100% sure what the lying, corrupt Eric Holder has up his sleeve concerning my home state, but I am beyond a little confident it is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
Given what has unfolded concerning Arizona, Florida, and now Georgia, I am of the belief that this worthless POS from Hell will stop at nothing to help rig the 2012 election for the Dear Ruler in November.
(h/t: Erick Erickson via the Neal Boortz Radio Show)