Sunday Alcohol Sales Pass, McCaysville Election Results

Election, News

McCaysville, Ga. – Polls have closed and votes have been tallied in the City of McCaysville 2019 General Election.

The hot topic on the ballot for this 2019 election was Sunday alcohol sales within city limits. The proposal and reading of the new ordinance was met with little opposition and overwhelming favor at public hearings and City Council meetings.

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Although, there appeared to be little opposition to the new ordinance the final count of the votes told a different story with the votes being split on the yes/no question.

Ordinance 19-08-13 currently reads that a licensed establishment within city limits would be allowed “Sunday sales of malt beverages and wine for consumption on the premises”.

These sales can include beer or wine (hard ciders will also be allowed) on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Voters ultimately decided to allow these sales with a final tally of:

  • Yes (in favor) – 90
  • No (opposed) – 87

Thomas Seabolt will remain as Mayor of McCaysville, beating out opponent Rodney Patterson. Incumbents Larry Collis  and Sue Beaver will also remain as members on the City Council. Newcomers Gilta Carter, Susan Kiker, and Jason Woody will take the three seats vacated by previous council members.

***These election results are unofficial until being certified by the Secretary of State’s office***

ELECTION RESULTS

MAYOR

  • Thomas Seabolt – 117
  • Rodney Patterson – 63

CITY COUNCIL

  • Jason Woody – 146
  • Gilta Carter -131
  • Larry Collis – 122
  • Susan Kiker – 120
  • Sue Beaver – 112
  • Steve Stanley – 93
  • Tamberlyn Tanner – 48
  • Nathan Turpin – 69

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What has Helton really done for Fannin County?

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“Paid advertisement by the Campaign to Elect Bill Simonds Chairman of Fannin County”

Board of Elections Unveils New Voting Machine

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections unveiled the new voting machines during their meeting held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

The new voting machines, pictured to the right, will be utilized by the next presidential preference election, thus doing away completely with the old machines according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

These new machines will create an instant paper trail with each vote cast according to Vice Chairman Mary Ann Conner, whereas the current machines create paper receipts of all votes cast only at the end of each election day.

Unlike previously believed, however, these machines will still utilize the same plastic yellow card system currently in place. The card will now be inserted into the bottom of the screen, where the yellow card reader sits.

Instead of hitting “Cast Ballot”, voters will select “Print Ballot”, at which time each voter may clearly view the candidates and measures voted upon during the touch screen process on a physical piece of paper.

If the printed ballot displays discrepancies, the voter may be re-issued a ballot, whereas before once “Cast Ballot” was selected, there was no turning back.

If the printer ballot displays correctly, then the voter will take the ballot to a scanner to have the ballot recorded before having it placed into a locked box.

Voters will not be allowed to carry their paper ballot out of the precinct, and all printed ballots will be kept in the Clerk’s office for a minimum of two years under law.

The county currently only has one machine, but 10 are expected to be received within the next shipment, followed by 70 more, making a total of 80 machines for the county to utilize during elections.

Conner states that the public will soon be able to practice with these machines ahead of the elections, and Fetch Your News will be sure to notify you of when this process begins, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Early voting begins in McCaysville

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McCaysville, Ga. – Voters will have a lot to decide in the upcoming Nov.5 election in the City of McCaysville. Early voting officially opens Monday, Oct. 14 and will run through Friday, Nov. 1. 

Early voters can cast their ballots at the McCaysville City Hall, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The hot topic on the ballot for this 2019 election is Sunday alcohol sales within city limits. The proposal and reading of the new ordinance was met with little opposition and overwhelming favor at public hearings and City Council meetings.

Ordinance 19-08-13 currently reads that a licensed establishment within city limits would be allowed “Sunday sales of malt beverages and wine for consumption on the premises”. 

These sales can include beer or wine (hard ciders will also be allowed) on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Establishments, serving alcohol, who stay open beyond 45 minutes of the allowed alcohol sales time window are subject to legal action. No alcohol sales will be allowed on Christmas Day in city limits.

Voters will be asked to answer yes or no to the following question:

“Shall the governing authority of the City of McCaysville Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink?”

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Incumbent Thomas Seabolt (L) will face Challenger Rodney Seabolt (R) for the seat of Mayor.

McCaysville City Attorney Cortney Stuart clarified that the current ordinance will not allow for the sale of hard liquor even though wording on the ballot suggests otherwise. Staurt explained that by law the term “distilled spirits” had to be included on the ballot.

“Distilled spirits is liquor,” Staurt said explaining the wording,  “however, in the City of McCaysville, now as the ordinance stands, there is only malt beverages and wine allowed inside the City of McCaysville.” 

Staurt did confirm that future councils would have the option of amending the alcohol ordinance to allow liquor sales.

New faces will also be seen on the City Council following the 2019 election. Current council members Tommy Quintrell and Richard Wagner will not be seeking re-election. Council member Rodney Patterson will also be vacating his seat in his bid to become McCaysville’s next mayor.

In total at least 3 seats on the 5 person council will be vacant for newcomers. Voters will decide the next 5 members by popular vote and will have the following to choose from:

  • Larry Collis (Incumbent)
  • Sue Beaver (Incumbent)
  • Gilta Carter
  • Jason Woody
  • Susan Kiker
  • Steve Stanley
  • Tamberlyn Tanner 
  • Nathan Turpin

Voters will also need to decide between incumbent Thomas Seabolt or challenger Rodney Patterson for seat of Mayor.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters can cast their ballots at McCaysville City Hall on the day of the General Election or during the designated early voting times.

 

 

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Collins submits resume to Governor Kemp for Senate Seat

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Georgia, – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp began a process to fill U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat this week. The Governor set up a website requiring the potential candidates to submit a resume. FYN has learned Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has submitted his resume for consideration. The seat will be filled following Johnny Isakson’s retirement effective December 31, 2019 and the chosen applicant will serve for the remainder of his unexpired term.

Rep. Collins is a United States Representative from Georgia’s 9th congressional district. Collins has served the 9th District since 2013. Previously he was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 27th district, which includes portions of Hall, Lumpkin, and White counties.

Collins is considered to be a front runner for the Senator seat. Because this would leave a vacancy we question who will replace Collins. So who will be the new US Representative in the 9th District? According to our information as a result of Collins receiving the appointment, that would trigger a special election. What names will surface in the 9th District hoping to take Collins’ place? FetchYourNews will follow closely and update as more information becomes available.

Six counties to use new voting machines before the rest of the state, plus county voter numbers update.

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections shared that six counties within the state will utilize the new voting machines before the rest of the state during their meeting held on Monday, September 1, 2019.

These counties will be Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.

Cobb county will be using a paper ballot system by volunteer decision.

Gilmer county will be using the old machines for their special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to the last-minute nature of the election.

It is still expected that all precincts will utilize the new machines by the president preference election, but no further information has been provided at this time.

As of Saturday, August 31, 2019, there are 19,957 total voters registered for Fannin county, both active and inactive. There were 181 new applications and 65 deletions (45 moved out of county, 4 moved out of state and 16 deceased).

As of Sunday, September 8, 2019, there are 19,992 total registered voters in Fannin County.

A list of 2020 state elections and the voter registration calendar may be found here!

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2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections released the 2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar during their meeting held on Monday, July 1, 2019.

(All dates marked with “***” at the beginning are important dates for those not planning to run for a position in the 2020 elections).
 
 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020: Earliest day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2020 Election Cycle. O.C.G.A. 21-2-131

*** Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, February 24, 2020: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election and Special Election Runoff. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9 am: Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name places on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Earliest day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187

*** Monday, March 2, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Last day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187

Friday, March 13, 2020: Last day to file the notice of intention to be a Nonpartisan Write-In Candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Saturday, March 14, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election.

*** Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A 21-2-384

*** Monday, April 20, 2020: Last day for a person to register and to be eligible to vote in the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election and Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

*** Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Special Election Runoff

*** Monday, April 27, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, May 9, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, May 19, 2020: General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Election.

*** Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 am: Voter Registration Deadline for the General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and a Nomination petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Monday, June 29, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begin for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election Runoffs. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, July 21, 2020: General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, and Special Runoff Election for Local and State Offices, plus General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Last day to file the notice of Intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133.

Monday, September 14, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, September 15, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the November General Election and Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, October 5, 2020: Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-224

*** Monday, October 12, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, October 24, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

As soon as possible: Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-384
Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election and Special Election.

*** Wednesday, November 18, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Tuesday, December 1, 2020: General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices.

*** Monday, December 7, 2020: Last day to register for General Election Runoff for Federal Offices.

*** Monday, December 14, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, January 5, 2021: General Election Runoff for Federal Offices
 
 
O.C.G.A. 21-2-14. When the last day for the exercise of any privilege or discharge of any duty prescribed or required by this chapter shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next succeeding business day shall be the last day for the exercise of such privilege or the discharge of such duty.
 
 
The board also reported their latest numbers as follows:

160 new applications, making a total of 19,697 by the end of June 2019, and 19,709 by Monday, July 1, 2019.
There were 63 deletions (35 moved out of county, eight moved out of state and 20 deceased) since the meeting held on Monday, June 3, 2019.
 
There has been no new information on the new state voting machines, but this information is anticipated to come soon, so be sure to stay tuned for future updates!
 
 

 
 
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Board of Elections to inspect voting precincts

Election, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections will be inspecting four precincts on Friday, June 21, 2019 starting at 1 p.m.

The purpose of this inspection will simply be to ensure that the precincts are ready to go for upcoming voting sessions, from general maintenance, to parking conditions and even to see whether or not certain precincts will be needed to be moved to other buildings due to space constraints.

The board will begin with the Noontootla precinct first, then move to Mineral Bluff precinct, followed by Calwell and Sugar Creek.

With the Noontootla precinct being a manned fire station, it’s anticipated that the precinct may need to be moved to another building for the sake of space.

For the month of May, there were 187 new voting applications with 82 deletions. 42 moved out of county, there was one non-citizen who attempted to register, and 33 were marked deceased.

At this time, there has been no new information released on the new voting machines.

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