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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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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Secretary of State Issues Statement on New Voting Machines

News, Press Release

In response to the upcoming voting machines being implemented in 2020, the following news has been released by the Georgia Secretary of State:

SECURITY-FOCUSED TECH COMPANY, DOMINION
VOTING TO IMPLEMENT NEW VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT
SYSTEM

Security-Focused Tech Company, Dominion Voting to Implement New Verified Paper Ballot System
(ATLANTA) — After a competitive selection process, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger selects Dominion Voting
Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will start
immediately and be in place and fully operational for the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.
“Elections security is my top priority,” said Raffensperger. “We look forward to working with national and local elections
security experts to institute best practices and continue to safeguard all aspects of physical and cyber-security in an
ever-changing threat environment.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has already partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private
cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning, and cyber-security assessments.
Many Georgia counties have also partnered with DHS to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.
“We are honored to partner with the State of Georgia to deliver a best-in-class system that is fully adaptable to state
needs,” said Dominion CEO John Poulous. “Election officials and voters alike can be assured they are using the most
modern, accessible and security-focused system on the market today, with paper ballots for every vote cast to ease
auditing and ensure confidence in results.”

“As Election Director my job is to make sure every voter has a positive experience,” said Rockdale County Elections
Supervisor, Cynthia Willingham. “We are grateful to the Secretary of State for the new system and will ensure every
voter is able to efficiently and accurately cast their ballot.”

 

According to Mary Ann Conner of the Fannin County Board of Elections, the above information has been published on the Secretary of State’s Website as well.

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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

Jeff DePaola for Fannin County School Board ~ Opportunity Through Community

Election 2018, Politics

 

  • Graduate of Kennesaw State University  
  • 20 year career as a Computer programmer for Delta Air Lines
  • Active member of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association
  • Active member of Feed Fannin
  • Past board member of the Boys & Girls Club
  • Multi-year mentor to as-risk youth from Capitol Homes-Atlanta
  • Currently an active broker with Mountain Place Realty in Blue Ridge 
  • Watch the interview below:

    Jeff DePaola asks for your vote in the upcoming election for Fannin County School Board.  Mr. DePaola shares his platform and his vision for the future of the Fannin County School System:

Q:  What do you see as the board’s top priority ?

A:   Maintaining and attracting quality educators to our system.

 

Q:  What is your vision for education in this community?

A:  Continue to increase the graduation rate from Fannin County High School and ultimately achieve our mission of 100%, which I believe is possible.        I would work closely with the school system administration and the superintendent to identify creative opportunities to achieve this goal.

 

Q:  How can you contribute to a successful achievement of this vision?

A:  Achieve 100% graduation rate though more comprehensive mentoring and tutoring programs that reach more of our students starting early in              their education experience and continuing through high school. Also, identify vocational programs that could be  offered in Fannin County schools        that target meaningful career paths for our student population who may not want to attend college after graduation.

 

Q:  What kind of relationship should a district/the board have with its community? With its parents and families?

A:  My campaign slogan is Opportunity Through Community so I intend to be a bridge between the school system needs and our growing Fannin                County community. I believe we have an outstanding base of quality full and part-time residents that would be willing to participate in expanded           education related mentoring and tutoring programs.

       Also, with our business and higher education community expanding rapidly, there will be more opportunities for partnerships that will benefit       our student population. 

Jeff was born in Phoenix, AZ and graduated high school from Schaumburg, IL.  He started with Delta Air Lines in Chicago shortly after high school in 1978 and transferred to Atlanta in 1982 to be trained as a mainframe computer programmer.

He put himself through school and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a business degree in 1988 after part time evening/weekend/summer classes while working full time at Delta.  If you would like to contact Jeff DePaola with any questions he can be contacted at 404.550.4488 or email him at Email Jeff DePaola for Fannin School Board (click here)

 

 

ECHOES OF THE PAST

Opinion

The United States has only seen the face of war one time. That time was during the Civil
War and was mostly in the Southern states from 1861 to 1865. It was an ugly time of brother
against brother and the first time total war was practiced on the civilian population by General
William T. Sherman.

In this the US has been blessed, but Europe, of course cannot say the same.

I watched the movie The Monument Men at last. I had resisted watching it in the past as I abhor
George Clooney and Matt Damon for their high handed, self righteous politics. However, since it
was in the $3.74 bin at the local big box store, I relented.

I came away with two points of concern.

Number one was how the face of war came very close to destroying all that was beautiful in the
arts and historical artifacts. If it had not been for a small, dedicated team that searched for,
recovered, protected and returned the precious works that had been stolen by the Hitler regime,
imagine how intellectually poor the world would be.

Hitler was planning on being the victor of the Second World War. He was so sure that he sent his
minions out to collect and store all of the arts he enjoyed as inventory for his plan for the great
Hitler Museum.

As he fancied himself a great artist, he knew exactly the pieces he desired. Many were in the
Louvre, many were in private collections, such as the Rothschild’s. None of that mattered as he
had them stolen from wherever they resided.

Those artists whose work he didn’t care for were pulled from any and all sources and burned.
Contemporary artists like Picasso were beneath his high opinion, therefore no one else was
allowed to like or enjoy them either.

How very coincidental.

Hitler was a censor and an oppressor, and those were the least of his bad qualities.

No one dared to stand up to him allowing him to cause untold destruction and misery.
Number two is that the US is facing the same kind of potential travesty of freedom of expression,
and it cannot happen.

By allowing social media outlets like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to
censor who is free to put out information and who is not, the US and the world are at the
beginning of a real issue of freedom and the American way of life. If the media giants don’t like
or approve of opinions and facts, they are no different than the burner of books and arts of the
Third Reich. It isn’t necessary to agree with ideas and concepts, neither must they be true and
proven. Whoever posts them has the RIGHT to say what they please and those who see or hear
have the right to believe or ignore them.

This censorship is likened to Hitler’s defiance of the Treaty of Versailles. It was step one and the
new social media censorship is at step one.

This cannot be permitted. The First Amendment is protection against censorship.

Another disturbing movie The Book Thief, brought to life what happens if step one is breached
and permitted to thrive. This true story of an adopted German girl named Liesel whose family
were caught in the terrible time of Hitler and the Third Reich is heart wrenching in its tragedy.
Her family was hiding a Jew in their basement, and had been for quite a while. He was the son of
the man who had saved her father’s life during the First World War.

They were frightened to death when German soldiers came into town and were inspecting
basements in people’s homes. The people under Hitler had no personal rights, they could not
disallow the soldier from entering. They managed to hide the young man and escape detection,
but it was a nerve wracking affair.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution guards against unlawful search and seizures, while
setting guidelines for search warrants and other ways to legally enter a home.
That wasn’t the only time absolute law ran into Liesel’s family.

A man who had lived in the village his whole life was drug from his business one day, beaten
and taken away by the Gestapo.

He was charged with being a Jew because of his surname. His name was spelled with one letter
less than a typical Jewish name that sounded the same. He kept yelling that he was a German and
he was not a Jew. The whole village stood around to watch.

No one protested at all because of their fear.

The only one to come forward was Liesel’s father. He vouched for the man and earned a head
injury from the Gestapo. They took his name as they left the area. As his wife tended his wound,
he cried because he was terrified that his actions would cause them all to be taken away to the
death camps.

Seems history is doomed to repeat itself. We are seeing a small example of guilty by accusation
in the news today concerning the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court, but this example
is not the only one. Someone casts out an accusation sans proof, of course, and the media circus
and the Soros paid protesters are running to the gallows, screaming for blood.

It is no better than the time of Hitler. Someone is accused without any concrete evidence, and
they are guilty. Maybe they are aren’t (yet) sent to a death camp, but even if cleared from the
charges, the residual taint is a long time fading.

The time to stand up is now. The time to put a stop to this is today. Mob rule is testing us. They
are hoping we will be soft and complacent. Good Americans MUST NOT let this pass as
acceptable.

Free thinking people such as Susan Collins are now persecuted and receiving death threats for
DARING to study the facts and draw her own conclusions. Those such as Joe Manchin who
stood up to the Democratic Party’s mandate that NO ONE was to vote for any Supreme Court
pick by President Trump are also in the line of fire by the Soros financed mob of spastic crazies
whose shame has NO bounds.

The first line of defense can be formed on November 6th, 2018. Everyone must vote for the
protection of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Those who want “socialism” or worse, sharia
law must be stopped in November!

Remember, Socialism is just the training bra of Communism.

It gets the populace used to the tight restriction building up to the total loss of personal freedoms
and wealth in favor of the “State.”

Everyone has a stake in this game. If one allows for a faction to be persecuted and say nothing,
who will be there to protest when it turns on the same one who said nothing?

Make a mark today, be sure to vote and do not be silent!

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