Shame on Elections Board
July 29, 2014 09:08 PM | 1951 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Recently, a citizen voter’s petition was turned down by an unelected branch of the government. The citizens were denied the right to petition the government by the government.

Put in this perspective, the recent Cherokee County Board of Elections decision to deny Jeffery Amason’s petition to get on the ballot for the Georgia House 21st District is shameful.

It was denied not because of an elections law violation, but due to an obscure part of the notary regulations. The BoE didn’t verify the signatures of the petitioners, they denied it on the basis that the notarization was insufficient.

How many hours of research did the BoE pay attorneys for this discovery? So taxpayer citizens get a double-whammy. First their petition is denied, then they get to pay the legal fees for that denial through taxes. I think government has gone too far.

It reminds me of a statement attributed to the infamous communist Joseph Stalin. To paraphrase: It doesn’t count who votes, it matters who counts the votes.

The will of the citizens via the petition doesn’t matter to the BoE, what matters to them is any administrative trick to disqualify the citizen petition. It is a sorry situation when the local government starts to act like dictators. They think they are our masters and disregard basic rights.

Please call your local county commissioner, the BoE and the district attorney. The BoE action is at very least un-American, if not unconstitutional.

Denying citizens right to petition is unconscionable. I hope each reader will each do something to protect their own liberties.

Bill McNiff

Ball Ground

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GA Voter
August 28, 2014
The Writer, one of Ms Cosby's TEA Party members, publishes a letter filled with much untruth.

As the previous poster notes the Cherokee County Election Board did not 'deny' Amasons case.

The petition forms cleary state Notaries cannot sign. What part of that do you not understand?

If you do not like government to have "Unelected Boards" then change the law.

Oh, you don't want to follow the law in the first place.
Common Tater
July 30, 2014
The elected Georgia Secretary of State, not the appointed Cherokee County Board of Elections, disqualified Amason’s ballot petition based on a section of the election law, not the notary law.
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