How many times did Stacey Abrams vote?

According to NPR, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams had a little trouble voting.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee said that when she went to vote last month, a poll worker initially told her that she had requested an absentee ballot and couldn’t cast an in-person vote. Abrams replied that she never filed for an absentee ballot, and after a conversation with the site’s manager, the matter was quickly resolved.

“I did it quietly. I didn’t turn it into a major conversation because, for me, it was about getting through the process,” Abrams said. Followed by cameras to the polls, she said kept the snafu under wraps because “I was not trying to embarrass anyone, but I did want it fixed.”

The correct way to “fix” that situation — where the records show the voter already had an absentee ballot, and is seeming trying to vote twice — would be to cast a provisional ballot. Then she would have to go back within 3 days to show that she hadn’t actually cast that recorded absentee ballot; to “cure” her ballot.

She account doesn’t make clear what she actually did. So I asked.

Personally, I wonder if she didn’t threaten the poll workers until they simply let her cast a regular ballot.

If I don’t get an answer, or if my suspicion is confirmed, I may have to do a open records request for the status of that potential absentee ballot. Was it cast? If so, did the signature match Abrams’ signature?

If Abrams somehow cast a regular in-person ballot — when supposedly the records showed her requesting an absentee ballot — then some poll workers need to be asked some tough questions about they let Abrams violate the law regarding provisional voting.

Of course, the possibility remains that Abrams lied about the alleged incident in her interview. In which case, it would be one more piece of evidence for her being unfit to be governor.

 

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Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 5: “Voting for Dummies Democrats”

Lesson 1: Sausage-making

Lesson 2: Constitutionality

Lesson 3: Let’s party

Lesson 4: A hunting we will go!”


OK, class; listen up, and I will explain how Democrats can win elections without suddenly finding new ballots, losing old ballots, disappearing votes by not meeting deadlines, jamming paper clips into ballot scanners, or raising the dead. I’ll be using Georgia as my example, but most of this would apply in every state.

In the 2018 mid-term elections in Georgia, there were many claims of voter suppression by Democrats, most notably gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams asserted that her voters were “suppressed” by them not registering, voting in the wrong location, not knowing the birthdate of the person they were voting as, not wanting to waiting in line to vote, or not bothering to “cure” their provisional or absentee ballots even when the court extended the deadline for them. There were other factors as well, but for the most part, Democrats failed to take over the state because they did not how.

There are generally two years between national elections, so from one to the next, Democrats have that much time to do these things.

First, prospective voters have to register. That’s pretty easy. In fact, when you get a driver license, or state ID, you have to take steps not to be registered automatically. Mostly; there are exceptions and I’ll cover that.

If you didn’t “motor voter” register, you have almost two years — 23 months — to register in time for the next election.

  • You can stroll down to the county court house and fill out a form. You’ll need to show current ID showing where you live. Note: You have to register in the county in which you live. ID can be in several forms, including utility bills. Look up the list of acceptable ID on the state website, and bring them.
  • If you still don’t have ID, and think you can’t afford one, the state will issue a free one just for voting. So that’s no excuse.
  • You can mail in the form, too. SO you don’t need time off work to register. But when you finally vote, you’ll need ID with a signature that matches your registration.
  • If you can’t afford a postage stamp, pull out your iPhone and got to the voter registration website and register there.

There are a few limitations on registering to vote. If you aren’t at least 18 years of age, you can’t vote, but you can register 6 months before an election if you’ll be 18 by Election Day. You have to be a US citizen (not just a resident, legal or illegal). You have to reside in the state (and in the county and precinct where you plan to register and vote). If you’ve been convicted of a felony — that means a crime, one with a potential sentence of more than a year, even if the judge sentenced you to less time — you can’t vote until your sentence is completed; that includes parole/probation time outside of prison. And unless you are a Cook County, IL Democrat, you have to be alive.

If you were registered to vote, and then got convicted of a felony, your voter registration will be cancelled. When your sentence — including probation/parole — is completed, you have to register again. Remember that. It isn’t “voter suppression” to not let current felons vote, or require you to register again.

When you receive your voter registration card, look at it. Make sure all the information is correct. If you can’t read it, find a literate friend to do it. Since the cutoff for registration is 30 days before the election, even the most unpopular Democrat has time to find a friend to read it for them.

On that card, you — or your friend — should see something called “POLLING PLACE.” That’s where you’ll actually vote. It matters. Remember it. If you aren’t sure where it is, check Google Maps.

If you move after you registered, you have to update your registration. This makes sure you get to vote where you now live, and get a new card that shows you where to vote. You, or your friend, should make sure the new card is correct.

It’s a good idea to confirm your voter registration shortly before you vote. In Georgia, you can go to the voter registration website, type in your name, county, and date of birth. It will tell you whether or not you are registered, and where. To comply with federal election laws, states sometimes have to unregister — remove from voter rolls — people whose information is wrong, haven’t voted in a long time, been convicted of a felony, moved, and other reasons. You might have been removed since you registered; if you are still eligible to vote, you can re-register now.

Georgia makes it really easy for people to register, update their registration, or re-register. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t do your part.

Voting is remarkably simple. Sometimes on Election Day, lines can be really long at the “POLLING PLACE.” But that shouldn’t stop you. There are different times and ways to vote.

  • If you don’t want to go in and vote at all, you can cast an absentee vote by mail. You can request an absentee ballot a whole six months before the election (before you even know who is running for office), and a ballot will be sent to you when it’s ready, automatically. But you have to remember to request it. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you forget.
  • Your absentee ballot essentially has 2 parts. One part is where you tell them who your are so they can make sure no one else uses your name to vote. You’ll have to know certain things like how your name is spelled, when and where you were born, and where you live. If you don’t know those things now — and you had to know them when you registered — then it isn’t “voter suppression” if they don’t let you vote using someone else’s ballot.
  • Election officials can only count votes they receive. If they aren’t there, they can’t be counted. You have to mail in your ballot early enough that it will make it through the postal system and be delivered by Election Day. Since this goes through the post office, when has been losing or delaying mail since its creation, you should allow plenty of time. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t mail your ballot on time.
  • If you forgot to do an absentee ballot, you still don’t have to worry about long lines on Election Day, or just getting time off work to vote that day, or being locked up in prison that day. (And if you are locked up, but not yet convicted or under other sentence you could still do an absentee ballot. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you just didn’t bother.)
  • Georgia does something called “early voting,” so you can schedule a good time to come vote and avoid lines. You get a whole 3 weeks before Election Day when you can vote in person anyway. Remember to bring the right ID. Remember to go to your “POLLING PLACE” (but double-check that, because the “early voting” location may be different than the Election Day location. It isn’t “voter” suppression” if you go to the wrong place.
  • If you still haven’t voted, after a month of other voting options, you have a whole 12 hours to vote on Election Day. Go to the right place; if you went to a county where you don’t live, you are in the wrong place. If you ran late, and got into line before the 12 hours are over, you still get to vote. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you went to the wrong place, or missed a freaking month of voting opportunities.

If, with 2 years to get things right, you still weren’t properly registered, don’t know when you were born, went to the wrong voting location — even in the wrong county! –or otherwise have registration problems, Georgia will still let you cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are not handed out automatically; after all, when you discover you drove to the wrong county, you might drive back to the right place and vote.

You have to ask for a provisional ballot. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you don’t ask.

Provisional ballots are special, for special people. It lets you participate in the voting process on Election Day, but doesn’t necessarily count. The election officials will set it aside, and wait for you to come back with the right ID to “cure” your ballot, by showing that you do live in this county now and forgot to update your registration, or to show that your signature really is yours, or whatever the issue was that caused you to need a provisional ballot.

You have 3 whole business days after Election Day to “cure” your ballot. If you don’t, the election officials won’t count it. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t care enough to fix your own ballot. Georgia does a lot to help special people vote, but you have to do your part.

When you arrive at your “POLLING PLACE,” you’ll have to fill out a form. It isn’t “voter suppression” meant to make voting too complicated for you; it’s updating the records so someone else doesn’t try to vote in your name. Same for the next step where they compare signatures; they want to be sure it’s you, not someone committing real voter fraud by stealing your vote from you.

Checking your ID or signature isn’t “voter suppression” or “racist.” It’s to prevent fraud. And the election workers may be on high alert because one gubernatorial candidate is on record stating that her voters will be documented and undocumented noncitizens casting illegal ballots.

Casting the actual vote is very important. In most races, such as for governor, you can only vote for 1 candidate; not 2.

If you are using a paper ballot, it’s possible to mark 2 candidates in the same race. If you do this accidentally, and cannot erase the mistake, ask election workers for help, They’ll fix it, or get you a fresh ballot. If you screw up that one, too, they will recognize you as special and give you special attention.

If you mark 2 candidates in the same race, and turn in that ballot, your vote will not be counted because you didn’t tell them which one you meant. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you fill out the ballot wrong. That’s called “over-voting,” by the way.

If you are using a touch screen voting machine, remember that the screen is touch sensitive. If you mark your preferred candidate, and then accidentally touch the screen again, it may change your vote. So it’s very important to be careful when touching the screen. Before you press the button to cast your vote, look and make sure it’s showing the right votes. The machine doesn’t know what you meant to do, only what you did do. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you voted for the wrong person.

Remember to vote in all races on your ballot. If you leave one blank, for instance you forgot to vote for any candidate for governor, your vote won’t be counted because you didn’t vote. That’s called “under-voting,” and it’s the voter’s fault, not the election workers’. It’s isn’t “voter suppression” if you forgot to vote in each race.

Since Georgia has many special people, our touch screen voting machines will remind you if you missed marking a race, and will highlight any such so you can fix it before pressing the “cast vote” button. When a race appears in a funny color on the final review screen with no candidate marked, and the machine says you missed something, it means you missed something. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you ignore the machine’s help and don’t vote in everything.

Finally, if you did wait until Election Day and got stuck in a long line, it isn’t “voter suppression” if you got tired of waiting and left. You decided voting wasn’t important enough for your vote to count.

Voting is very easy. Much of the preparation (registering to vote) is automatic. The system for making sure it’s right is simple, with many options, with nearly 2 years to get it done. With that out of the way, there’s really no excuse for not voting, what with weeks to do so from home, or at multiple locations.

If any step in the process seems hard to understand, you have almost 2 years to study and practice.

Considering all that, if you still can’t figure out how to vote, then you should not be voting. And you’re probably a Democrat.

Actual voter suppression exists. Like when a — -cough- broward — election official “loses” 2,040 ballots, or “finds” more that push her party ahead. Deliberately blowing deadlines so a recount that showed the opposition gaining is disqualified is voter suppression.

Gerrymandering is a form of voter suppression by making sure the opposition won’t have enough voters to overcome the entrenched party.

But you cannot gerrymander state-wide races like US Senate or Governor, because it doesn’t matter what district you’re in; you still get to vote.

If you’re smart enough to follow simple directions.

And when all is said and done… You may have done everything correctly. All your fellow party members may have done it correctly. All your lawful votes counted. And you still might lose. That isn’t “voter suppression” either. It’s just that more people disagreed with your judgement. A majority may have noticed that your candidate thinks radar detectors are banned, wants to steal private property, wants to disenfranchise her own voters by replacing them with illegal noncitizens, and promised you rainbows and unicorns.

Losing isn’t “voter suppression.”

Panic at Patheos: Guns! Guns on Campus!

Now that’s funny.

Gun Crazy Georgia Passes ‘One Book, One Gun Law’
Governor Andrew Canard of Georgia (R) officially “bettered” the campus carry rule for firearms for state institutions of higher learning by signing a law mandating students one gun for every book on his or her person. Students are now allowed to carry firearms on campuses in ten states. HB 280, commonly called the One Book, One Gun Law makes Georgia the most pro-gun state for campus carry. Critics of the law are calling the state Gun Crazy Georgia.

If that’s so “common,” how come it’s the first time I heard it?

Why these idiots are so panicky over firearms on campus in the hands of adults who have undergone background checks to confirm that they are not criminals, crazy, or otherwise prohibited persons beat the hell out of me. Do they think that they’ll suddenly be surrounded by weapons toters?

First, given the anti-gun, left-leaning tendencies of most US college student these days (see Berkeley), I doubt that many of them would bother to get a license and lawful weaponry. And the previous law banning weapons on campus didn’t seem to deter criminals.

Second — and the kicker — these clowns are already surrounded by people with firearms. Georgia has an estimated population of 10,214,860. Georgia also has over 700,000 people with concealed weapons licenses: 6.8% of the population. Roughly 7 in every hundred people.

Why is that only a problem on campus?

That 700,000+ is just the folks who bothered with a carry license. It doesn’t count all the folks with guns at home or at work. If you walk or drive through any neighborhood, I’ll guarantee you’re surrounded by enough guns to arm a military unit.

In rural areas, that’s enough guns to arm a large military unit. It generally isn’t a problem, other than some neighborhoods in cities.

All those guns everywhere… but it’s on campus where these sniveling snowflakes suddenly soil their undies.

Please don’t vote, part 4

6th District vote: Fulton seeks to extend polling hours; DeKalb and Cobb smooth
Exasperated voters arrived at their typical polling locations only to find them empty. The cause? They’re in the 11th, or 5th, or 4th districts, none of which are on the ballot Tuesday.

Note that this is after a press release was issued explaining that this is only for residents of the 6th district.

No word whether Dimwit candidate Ossoff was one of those turned away.

Please don’t vote, Part 3

The Georgia 6th district special election for Price’s vacant House seat just gets better and better and best:

Georgia Dem: No issue I don’t live in district
Democrat Jon Ossoff dismissed concerns Tuesday over the fact that he doesn’t live in the Georgia congressional district in which he’s running for a House seat.

As near as I can make out in Georgia law, to get on the ballot, one must file an affidavit stating that one lives in the district and is eligible to vote in the election in which he intends to run. I don’t see an exception for “grew up in this district”.

Did he lie on the affidavit? Was he improperly allowed on the ballot in knowing violation of the law? Am I missing something?

Shoot, with all this stupidity going on, “Equipment stolen days before special election; Sec. of State: ‘Unacceptable’” is barely worth a comment. Speculation that ranges from “dumbass stole it to pawn,” to “Dems meant to add (probably Bartow County) names to the registry,” to “someone wanted to close a polling station to claim disenfranchisement.” Who the fuck knows?

Why, bless their hearts*

There’s going to be a Black Lives Matter “inspired” protest in “downtown” Saint Marys, Georgia on Saturday, organized by a guy who doesn’t live there, inspired by stuff that didn’t happen there, and supposedly bringing folks from out of state. Yeah, population 17,000 Saint Marys. (And that link is the only online mention of this event I can find.)

We’re talking Georgia, which has at least 700,000 concealed carry licenses. That’s just the ones who want to carry and bothered to get licensed.

Better yet, that’s south Georgia, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a home without a firearm at the ready. Heck, the area supports an NFA dealer despite the small population.

Then there’s the planned route. Those folks won’t take kindly to taunts, slurs, violence, or Molotov cocktails in their residential neighborhoods.

This will be either the politest, calmest, most peaceful BLM protest ever, or the shortest.


* For the non-Southern speakers, that’s polite Southern for, “You poor little stupid SOB.”

Your gun-grabber laugh for the day

Semi-assault weapons, bullet-piercing bullets, extremely high-powered Tommy guns, nonexistent bans…

This loon has it all.

Michael Graham Show: My Interview with GA Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver.

(She’s the author of Georgia HB 731, which basically bans any rifle with a grip. Not just a pistol grip: Any grip.)