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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Georgia Election Run-Off Results

Election 2018

 2018 Georgia Election Run-Off Results

Tonight marks the run-offs for election races in Georgia, these results are unofficial until approved by the Secretary of State.

 

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 751,634 votes   52.22%

John Barrow (D) – 687,600 votes   47.78%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 745,494 votes   52.09%

Lindy Miller (D) – 685,759 votes   47.91%

 

 

Check for local results by county here:

 

Gilmer

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,337 votes   83.13%

John Barrow (D) – 880 votes   16.87%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,250 votes   81.79%

Lindy Miller (D) – 946 votes   18.21%

 

Pickens

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,408 votes   84.01%

John Barrow (D) – 839 votes   15.99%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,325 votes   82.70%

Lindy Miller (D) – 905   17.30%

 

Fannin

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,522 votes   81.89%

John Barrow (D) – 779 votes   18.11%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,454 votes   80.57%

Lindy Miller (D) – 833 votes   19.43%

 

Dawson

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,985 votes   85.83%

John Barrow (D) – 658 votes   14.17%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,939 votes   85.02%

Lindy Miller (D) – 694 votes   14.98%

 

White

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,063 votes   82.78%

John Barrow (D) – 845 votes   17.22%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,960 votes   80.82%

Lindy Miller (D) – 940 votes   19.18%

 

Union

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 4,246 votes   80.92%

John Barrow (D) – 1,001 votes   19.08%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 4,108 votes   78.65%

Lindy Miller (D) – 1,115 votes   21.35%

 

Towns

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 2,161 votes   79.95%

John Barrow (D) – 542 votes   20.05%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 2,105 votes   78.22%

Lindy Miller (D) – 586 votes   21.78%

 

Murray

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 2,699 votes   88.99%

John Barrow (D) – 334 votes   11.01%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 2,691 votes   88.84%

Lindy Miller (D) – 338 votes   11.16%

 

Lumpkin

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 3,378 votes   78.47%

John Barrow (D) – 927 votes   21.53%

 

Public Service Commission, District 3

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,337 votes   77.89%

Lindy Miller (D) – 947 votes   22.11%

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Fannin County – State Election Results (FINAL)

Election 2018, News

**FYN will be updating these results throughout the night tonight. Please keep checking back for updates as well as final results.**

2018 Georgia Election Results for Fannin County

 

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

**The results for state seats in this article reflect the voters of Fannin County ONLY and do not reflect voting statewide. Statewide results can be viewed at :

2018 Georgia State Election Results

 

Post 2 Commissioner:

Glenn Patterson (R) –          81.71%       9,014 Votes

Dixie Carter (D) –                 18.17%       2,004 Votes

Board of Education:

Bobby Bearden (R) –           79.49%       8,676 Votes

Jeff DePaola (D) –               20.43%       2,230 Votes

Board of Education:

Mike Cole (R) –                   82.13%       9,051 Votes

Susan DeMoura (D) –        17.66%       1,942 Votes

Georgia House Of Representatives District 7:
David Ralston (R) –         84.18%          9,250 Votes

Results by County:
Gilmer: N/A
Fannin:     84.18%
Dawson: N/A

Rick Day (D) –       15.61%          1,715 Votes

Results by County:
Gilmer: N/A
Fannin:    84.18%
Dawson: N/A

Governor:

Brian Kemp (R) –               82.96%          9,292 Votes

Stacey Abrams (D) –          16.12%           1,806 Votes

Ted Metz (L) –                     0.92%            103 Votes

Lieutenant Governor:

Geoff Duncan (R) –                   82.77%          8,867 Votes

Sarah Riggs Amico (D) –         17.20%           1,843 Votes

Secretary of State:

Brad  Raffensperger (R) –         80.99%          8,908 Votes

John Barrow (D) –                     17.39%            1,913 Votes

Smythe DuVal (L) –                   1.62%              178 Votes

Insurance Commissioner:

Jim Beck (R) –                           81.51%          8,940 Votes

Janice Laws (D) –                     16.17%           1,774 Votes

Donnie Foster (L) –                  2.30%            252 Votes

State School Superintendent:

Otha Thornton (D) –               15.64%          1,714 Votes

Richard Woods (R) –              84.33%          9,244 Votes

Agriculture Commissioner:

Gary Black (R) –        83.58%          9,112 Votes

Fred Swan (D) –        16.39%          1,787 Votes

Labor Commissioner:

Mark Butler (R) –                  83.26%          9,089 Votes

Richard Keatley (D) –           16.73%           1,826 Votes

U.S. Congress District 9:

Doug Collins (R) –         83.27%          9,186 Votes

Josh McCall (D) –          16.70%          1,842 Votes

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Ads in Fannin Focus do not show up correctly in Sheriff Candidates Campaign Financial Reports

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Mark Thomason, the publisher of the Fannin Focus has been in the news a lot lately. This is an unrelated story to Thomason’s arrest, “Journalist Jailed”. It does, however go with the big picture of Thomason’s publication the Fannin Focus, “Intent on Integrity”. Read the story and you decide.

FYN has a copy of every Fannin Focus issue since primary election qualifying. We have reviewed each page for all campaign advertising. We also have a copy of the Fannin Focus advertising rate sheet. We have cross referenced the ads with the rate sheet. We have all the documents to support this article. FYN files the following report on three Fannin County Sheriff Republican Party Candidates, Johnny Scearce, Jack Taylor and Larry Bennett.

Fannin Sheriff Candidates Political Ad Reporting in Fannin Focus

#FanninCartel Defined

“A coalition or cooperative arrangement between political parties intended to promote a mutual interest”. Did this happen in the Fannin County Sheriff’s race?

Larry Bennett, Republican Candidate for Sheriff placed ads in issues of the Fannin Focus on 3/31, 4/7, 4/14 and 4/28. According to the Fannin Focus advertising rate sheet, the number of ads and the size of the ads Bennett placed should have totalled $1,142.78 in advertising with the Fannin Focus. According to Bennett’s Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report he spent $0 in advertising with the Fannin Focus. Bennett is the former police chief of McCaysville GA.

Jack Taylor Republican Candidate for Sheriff placed ads in issues of the Fannin Focus on 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19. According to the Fannin Focus advertising rate sheet, number of ads and size of the ads Taylor should have totaled $7,970.63 in advertising with the Fannin Focus. According to Taylor’s Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report he spent $600 in advertising with the Fannin Focus. This left $7,370.63 of unreported spending with the Fannin Focus. Remember all those full page ads Taylor ran in the paper?

Remember the marquee at the Swan Drive-In, “Vote Jack Taylor for Sheriff”? What did Taylor pay Steve Setser, the owner of the Drive-In, for the advertising? Taylor listed Setser on his Campaign Contribution Disclosure, but in the space where a candidate has to give the amount of the contribution, Taylor wrote “Setser“ but would not give a price or “no charge” (You can legally donate goods or services to a candidate {In-Kind} but the candidate must describe the donation and place a value on their campaign disclosure). In-Kind contribution values must comply with campaign finance laws. Setser is required to place a value on his contribution. Steve Setser also donated $463 for T-Shirts and $300 for flyers to the Taylor campaign.

Jack Taylor Swan

Now, that brings us to Johnny Scearce. Scearce is currently the Blue Ridge City Police Chief. Scearce has run for Fannin County Sheriff several times and is used to filling out a “Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report”. One would assume that Scearce would understand he has to list everyone who contributes to his campaign and show all outlets where he has spent money.  According to Scearce’s Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report filed on 6/30, he showed $0 left in his campaign account.

Johnny Scearce Republican Candidate for Sheriff placed ads in issues of the Fannin Focus on 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19. According to the Fannin Focus advertising rate sheet, the number of ads and size of ads Scearce placed should have cost $4,946.89 in advertising with the Fannin Focus. According to Scearce’s Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report he spent $0 in advertising with the Fannin Focus.

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Scearce hired  Kendell Goss as Campaign Marketing Manager. Scearce paid Goss $3,369.00 and listed it as advertising. Sources tell FYN, Goss handled the campaign website, prepared speeches, and campaign video along with other marketing materials.

Let’s just suppose Goss used some of the money to place ads in the Fannin Focus…it still would have to be disclosed! Scearce disclosed that he spent money directly three times with The News Observer and once with WPPI – FM so why wouldn’t he disclose any money paid to the Fannin Focus or place the ad directly himself?

There is no disclosure on who paid for the ads. We could not find one Johnny Scearce or Larry Bennett ad in the Fannin Focus that discloses “Paid for By.” One could understand if the publisher missed one ad but it seems he missed them all! Why not show who is paying for the campaign ads, it’s a campaign finance rule?

Sheriff Dane Kirby spent $0 with the Fannin Focus and placed no ads in its paper.

The publisher of the Fannin Focus is Mark Thomason. If Thomason decided to give the advertising to the candidates for free, the Fannin Focus would still have to be listed on the candidates campaign finance reports with an “In-Kind” amount. If an “In-Kind” was the desired result to benefit the above listed candidates by Thomason, the amounts have far exceeded the campaign contribution limits.

Some questions…Did Mark Thomason extend $13,460.30 of free advertising to three Fannin County Sheriff candidates? Why just the Sheriff candidates? Could they have been in cahoots (colluding or conspiring together secretly)? Wonder how the other candidates who paid for their ads must feel? Wonder what the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission will think?

Click to read campaign finance reports.

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Jack Taylor 6302016

Larry Bennett 6302016

 

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Related story: Fannin Focus Mark Thomason Arrested, Journalist or Vendetta

 

 

 

State National with Jennifer Hazelton 6/21/16

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Political Analyst Jennifer Hazelton joins BKP for a walk through the elections, candidates, and VP possibilities.

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