Monday, November 26, 2012
Some people want to create a city out of DeKalb County's unincorporated land.
State senators from DeKalb County will meet this week to talk about possibly forming a "City of DeKalb." The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 in room 450 at the State Capitol, CrossroadNews.com reported. A City of DeKalb has been talked about for decades but the idea has gained new urgency because more cities are forming in DeKalb County, like Brookhaven. Those cities reduce the county government's property tax revenue. In the CrossRoads.com article, county officials said:
Friday, November 9, 2012
Do a search of how folks voted in your neighborhood.
At the precinct housed at Smoke Rise Elementary in Stone Mountain, more voters went with Gov. Mitt Romney for President than Barack Obama. Meanwhile, at the Browns Mill Elementary School polling place in Lithonia, more voters picked President Obama over Romney. So, how did your local neighborhood vote? We've got a search feature on this article that will help you find out. Simply input the correct polling place name, city and ZIP code (tip: if the name isn't coming up, just plug in the city and ZIP code; a list of polling places within those boundaries will appear).
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Michele Henson captured 77.18 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Michele Henson captured 77.18 percent of votes for newly formed Georgia House District 86, cruising to victory over opponent Lisa Kinnemore, who received 22.82 percent. "I'm just delighted to have won tonight," Henson told Patch. "I'm looking forward to serving DeKalb once more." Henson received 16,410 votes; Kinnemore, 4,852, with the 17 precincts reporting. "I want to thank Lisa for running a good clean race," Henson continued. "I'm ready to begin reaching out into this new district." Kinnemore said she valued meeting so many people in the district during her campaign. She said she’s “grateful for the opportunity, and I just look forward to the next election in two years.” The district includes Stone Mountain, Tucker and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, according to projections.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, according to network projections. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the…
Voters in Georgia on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 16 Electoral votes, according to early results.
In a move that fell in line with expectations, Mitt Romney was projected to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Georgia and spent more time visiting the Peach State to raise money. The state has been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in Georgia state, which has had a higher than average unemployment rate. Turnout was strong in Georgia and early voting was almost as popular this year as four years ago. …
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Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
You may need a coat and umbrella at the polls Tuesday.
Take a warm jacket and an umbrella with you to the Election Day polls, because it's not going to be good voting weather Tuesday. Forecasters say temperatures will start in the mid-40s and rise only into the low-50s while Stone Mountain, Lithonia and other voters in DeKalb and Gwinnett County are at the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oh yeah, and it’s probably going to rain, too. WeatherBug, the source for weather information on Patch sites, says there will be a 76 percent chance of rain at 7 a.m. in Stone Mountain, 74 percent in Lithonia, updated at 8 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov.5, respectively. See also: Stone Mountain-Lithonia Election Guide
Monday, November 5, 2012
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in Stone Mountain and Lithonia.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy. For details and articles about the presidential and local election races, check out Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch's election guide.