Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in for East Atlanta Patch readers in DeKalb and Fulton counties.
Finally. Today is the day: Election Day. Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. (For those East Atlanta Patch readers with family and friends in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, this tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that that storm may have caused.) For details regarding what's on the specific ballots in DeKalb and Fulton counties, please click on the individual ballot attached to this article. There's the presidential race of course, but the two races to watch will be: Georgians will also be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Don't forget Saturday voting is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations.
With the Nov. 6 Election Day fast approaching, voters are trying to beat the long lines at the polls. Through Thursday, 58,338 voters had cast early ballots in DeKalb County, according to the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office. That's 12.4 percent of the county's 470,065 registered voters. If you have a hard time getting away from work to vote, consider voting today, Oct. 27. Registered voters can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at these three locations. From Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, these other polls will be open for early voting. No early voting will be allowed on Saturday, Nov. 3, or Monday, Nov. 5. For more information, go to the DeKalb County Elections Office webpage.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Not surprisingly, Republican respondents said Mitt Romney won and Democrats said Barack Obama won. But Democratic respondents were much stronger in their opinion.
Your view of Monday night’s presidential debate on foreign policy may come down to who you already supported for president. A Patch flash poll of influential Republicans and Democrats in Georgia found that opinions on who won generally fell along party lines: Republicans thought Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner and Democrats thought President Barack Obama prevailed. It was a strong contrast to the first time the candidates faced off on Oct. 3, when the consensus of both parties was that Obama looked bored or annoyed and that Romney succeeded in presenting himself as presidential. Republican respondents said they felt Romney won the final debate, with 26.7 percent saying it was “by a wide margin” and 40 percent “by a slim margin.” Another …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Did Gov. Romney or President Obama capture victory in your estimation?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fulton and DeKalb voters may cast their ballots at designated sites or absentee
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
by Patch Staff Advanced voting for the Nov. 6 election begins Monday, Oct. 15 and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. If you live in Fulton County, you can cast your ballots early at one of these six locations: Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday Voting will be offered at all six locations on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by mail by filling out an absentee ballot application and e-mailing it to Elections.Absentee@fultoncountyga.gov or faxing it to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections (404.730.8839 or 404.730.7024). The application is available at www.fultonelections.com. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the …
Enter search terms into one or more fields to find out about donations from Inman Park, East Atlanta, Ormewood Park and other East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods.
Politically speaking, Georgia is a red state. But the neighborhoods that comprise East Atlanta Patch are decidedly blue. The ZIP codes that cover most of East Atlanta Patch — 30307, 30308, 30312, 30315, 30316, 30317 — have donated more to the election campaign of President Barack Obama, dwarfing, that given to Gov. Mitt Romney half a million dollars to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, according to the Federal Election Commission. In the 30316 Zip code, which includes the Reynoldstown, East Atlanta, Gresham Park and Ormewood Park neighborhoods, Obama raised $48,526.67 since April 2011, compared with $700 raised by the Romney campaign. That's a little more than $69 raised by Obama for every $1 raised by Romney. It was the same in…
Monday, October 8, 2012
If you have a question for the candidates, submit it in the comments section below and it could be asked during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.
Hey, East Atlanta Patch readers, if last Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance to get the candidates running for the White House to address the issues that most matter to you. The next presidential debate will be a "town hall meeting" format at Hofstra University on Long Island, where voters will ask President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney about domestic and foreign policy. Patch is asking you, our readers, to participate by submitting questions for the candidates. All you have to do is post your question in the comments section below and we’ll send it to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission is partnering with Patch's parent company, Aol, along with Google and …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Patch polled Georgia elected officials and activists in both parties to find out who they felt won the debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
A flash poll of influential members of Georgia’s GOP and Democratic parties found rare agreement on the question of who won Wednesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. As a Democratic respondent put it, “Mitt is back in the race.” Patch tapped our panels of Democrats and Republicans who hold office, are former elected officials, candidates or party activists for twin polls that were conducted in the first hour after the debate ended. Patch received responses from 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats. The poll is not scientific. Of the GOP respondents, 87.5 percent said Romney won “by a wide margin” and 12.5 percent said he won by “a slim margin.” Democratic respondents were less emphatic about …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Rep. Pat Gardner appears to have defeated Rep. Rashad Taylor in the battle to represent portions of Virginia-Highland, Midtown, southeast Atlanta and southwest Atlanta
Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) appears to have defeated Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) to secure a seat in the state legislature. Both incumbents faced off in a battle for the District 57 seat after legislators redrew district boundaries statewide last year. With all 20 precincts reporting, Gardner received 62.08-percent of votes. Taylor received 37.92-percent of votes. Gardner, 72, has represented District 57 for nearly 12 years. Taylor, 31, currently represents District 55, which includes portions of Northwest and Southwest Atlanta. The new District 57 boundaries run from Morningside to SW Atlanta, including portions of Virginia-Highland, Midtown and neighborhoods east of Downtown Atlanta.