Notice of Election

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS

TO THE GLYNN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE AND

TO FILL A VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF 

DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE MEMBER

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, according to Article Two, Section 2 of its Bylaws, the Glynn County Democratic Committee will hold elections for the gubernatorial positions on the Committee, which are:

• five (5) District Representatives, one for each of the five (5) Glynn County Commission Districts, and 

• three (3) At-Large Representatives

Each representative will be elected to serve on the Committee for a four-year term. 

The elections will be held by Caucus at 6:00 p.m. on November 26, 2018, at its 2018 Party Election Headquarters located at 1400 Gloucester Street, Brunswick GA 31520.

The newly elected Committee shall also appoint up to three (3) additional At-Large Representatives to serve one-year terms.  The newly comprised 16-member Committee shall elect a representative to fill a vacancy in the position of Member of the Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee.

All Democrats who are residents of Glynn County are invited to attend the Caucus elections to cast their vote for their Committee Representatives.  Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.  All attendees will need to register upon arrival and show proof of residency in Glynn County and in their County Commission District.  Anyone wishing to run as District Representative of his or her County District, At Large Representative, or Member of the Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee must note their candidacy when they register and will be given one minute to speak.  While all residents of Glynn County may vote for the At Large Representatives, only residents of each County Commission District may vote for each of the County District Representatives. Please, direct your questions to Committee Chair, Audrey Gibbons, at

Audreygibbons@glynncountydemocrats.org

Jerrold Dagen

Jerrold Dagen - candidate for Georgia State Senate, District 3
Jerrold Dagen – candidate for Georgia State Senate, District 3

Jerrold Dagen is our candidate for State Senate District Three. He will be holding a series of “Lunch with Jerrold” meetings at the Glynn Democratic HQ on the last Tuesday of the month. The next lunch is scheduled for Oct 30, 2018. Jerrold will be here to answer questions and listen to your concerns in District 3.

Please plan to join him from 11am-1pm at Democratic HQ at 1400 Gloucester Street in Brunswick.

Please bring your bag lunch and something to drink

Disenfranchisement, Georgia Style

This story originally appeared in Newsweek and was shared on Facebook and other social media sites. It is being reprinted here in its entirety because of the importance of this issue to all of us. As many of our speakers from the Democratic Banquet stated, this is a fundamental right that should not be abridged by those who would deny everyone their right to vote.

This original article is written by Ramsey Touchberry at Newsweek.

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WHY A RURAL GEORGIA COUNTY WANTS TO CLOSE ALMOST ALL ITS POLLING LOCATIONS IN A MAJORITY BLACK COUNTY

The board of elections for a rural, southwest county in Georgia that consists of mostly black voters wants to eliminate all but two of the county’s polling locations just months before the midterm elections because they’re not in compliance with disabilities laws.

During a “courtesy” meeting Thursday night, the Randolph County Board of Elections, a county located near the Georgia-Alabama border, informed residents of the possibility that seven of the nine voting locations would be eliminated since the county did not have time to make them wheelchair accessible before the midterms, according to local media reports.

The seven locations they want to close are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires wheelchair accessibility to all public buildings. As a solution, one board member suggested voters could still apply for an absentee ballot by mail.  

Randolph County has a small population, 7,000 people, with black people making up 61 percent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia said one of the proposed locations to be closed has a 96 percent black population of registered voters. The median household income is just a little over $30,000 per year with a poverty rate of 30 percent, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Leaving the county with just two polling locations in a county that does not have adequate public transportation, ACLU said, would make it considerably harder for rural residents to make it to the polls.

In a letter sent to the Randolph County Board of Elections threatening legal action against the county, ACLU Georgia claimed the timing of the proposal was suspicious because the exact same polling locations were used in recent elections earlier this year and because the first black female gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, will be on the ballot in November.

“We have expected high turnout this fall. You have to ask, why were these polling places enough for the primary and runoff earlier this year, but not good enough for this November’s election?” the letter said. “The timing is very suspicious.”

Abrams opponent, who happens to be Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose office serves as the top election official in the state, said in a statement he was opposed to closing the voting stations.

“As soon as we learned about this proposal, we immediately contacted Randolph County to gather more information,” Kemp said through a spokeswoman. “Although state law gives localities broad authority in setting precinct boundaries and polling locations, we strongly urged local officials to abandon this effort and focus on preparing for a secure, accessible, and fair election for voters this November.”

“If you cut your hand, you don’t chop off your arm. You heal the cut that’s on your hand,” said Sean Young, legal director of ACLU Georgia. “People who don’t have a car, they’re going to have to walk 3 1/2 hours to get to the closest polling place if this proposal goes through.”

The county will vote on the proposed changes August 24, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.