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Board of Elections told 200 wrongly voted in November

Don Meyer has 188 pages of data which he says shows ineligible voters voted in the 2012 Rockdale election. - Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Don Meyer has 188 pages of data which he says shows ineligible voters voted in the 2012 Rockdale election. - Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

CONYERS -- Don Meyer, who is active in the South Rockdale Civic Association, told the Board of Elections and Voter Registration last week that he has identified 200 people who wrongly voted in the November General Election in Rockdale County.

Meyer, who said he would provide the list of names to the Board of Elections at a later time, asked that the board take that information and use it to begin the process of educating the public on the privilege of voting.

Meyer, who is first vice president of the South Rockdale Civic Association and a former president, said he had names and addresses for some 200 people who don't live in Rockdale but who voted here in November.

Meyer said Monday he believes that in most cases, those who wrongly cast a ballot in Rockdale were unaware that they should not have voted in Rockdale.

"There is probably a small handful who are upstarts who do this anyway," he said. "I think the larger majority of people think ... they can still go back and vote."

Nonetheless, voters who cast ballots in the wrong county can have a big impact, he said, noting that the Rockdale County sheriff's race was ultimately decided by a handful of votes.

Meyer said he unearthed the list through computer searches and by comparing where someone voted to where they filed for homestead tax exemption.

Cynthia Welch, Rockdale's supervisor of elections, said in an email response to questions that state and federal laws must be followed before a voter can be denied the right to vote, particularly if they are still listed as a voter in the county.

"Challenging an elector's right to vote is a process that requires the Board of Elections to notify the voter to appear at a hearing regarding their eligibility," said Welch. "In addition, federal law provides that a voter cannot be removed 90 days prior to an election (except in cases of death or a felony conviction).

"It is possible that the voters were eligible based on state/federal law," she added.

Meyer said voting in the wrong county is a misdemeanor and he understands that the offense is unlikely to be prosecuted. He said would like to see legislative action to provide harsher penalties for subsequent offenses.

In the meantime, Meyer said he's interested in the "process and protocol" of voting and would like to see more education for the electorate prior to elections.

"I want us to find a better way to improve that," he said.

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

200 bogus votes, huh...?

Refresh my memory, exactly how many votes decided the Sheriff's race?

34 was it?

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chantilly 1 year, 6 months ago

I do not know Jonny Brown, his wife, or any of his family to my knowledge, however, I am tired of hearing people say that he should give up his position on the BOE. This man wrote on a website that doesn't have to be viewed by anyone. Where were all of these do-gooders when the very ugly, political and sometimes racist cartoons, signed by a fake name, were being printed in the paper for every subscriber to view? Mr. Brown has as much right to voice his opinion as the cartoonist. The difference is, he didn't write under a fake name. He also didn't write as a representative of any political party. Get over it and find someone else to harrass.

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Rob 1 year, 6 months ago

Somewhat off topic... but I met Don Meyer a few years ago. This man is the hardest working man in Rockdale County! I have the utmost respect for him and have no doubt his claims are true. If the rest of our political groups in Rockdale were only half as effective as the SRCA maybe Rockdale wouldn't be such a mess. Good work Don!

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kt 1 year, 6 months ago

So, what does this mean? Will these votes be thrown out and a recount done so that we can make sure who the TRUE Citizens of Rockdale County voted for are holding their rightful spots?

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

Don't hold your breath...the inmates are running the asylum.

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Clark 1 year, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, it would be impossible to throw out those votes, unless we're no longer on the secret ballot system.

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BUBBA 1 year, 6 months ago

this says a lot about the leadership of our fine county

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Frustrated 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Mr Meyer for doing this work. After the election and all votes were counted it just didnt add up. It was strange how there were so many more votes in the sheriff's race than all the others. Now we know!

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AWOL 1 year, 6 months ago

I bet it's a lot more than 200. My guess is that these 200 were the sloppy ones and there is a loy of vote buying happening. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book.

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

I don't see how they do it...cheat, I mean. When I vote I have to have been registered to vote, show my picture ID (which I had to show proof of residency to obtain), and be screened at two different desks to cast my ballot.

They are finding some vote scammers at the national level, most of whom were poll workers. I would think that those who work the polls would be screened even more than regular voters due to their access to the processes.

I think it was Lenin who said, "it's not the votes that count, but it's who COUNTS the votes". Those who balk the loudest against election reform are the ones who are in favor of voter fraud...not much, just enough to win.

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emetib66 1 year, 6 months ago

This kind of goes along with the lady in Ohio that has admitted to voting 6 times in the presidential election in 2008 and 2012. You have to wonder if it's that easy to do how many times did it happen here?

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe we should borrow a page from the elections in Iraq and have each voter dip their index finger in indelible purple ink that won't wear or was off for days after the election. You got a purple finger, you don't get to vote again.

But seriously, if the election process is to continue to allow this corruption, why have it at all, as the tyrants will always win.

I thought this country was founded to escape the corruption of tyrants...of course, we had people then willing to stand up and fight to be free...all they seem to fight for today is to be first in line at the annual Black Friday sales, or the EBT office.

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heresyafacts 1 year, 6 months ago

Entitlement mentality and lack of personal responsibility is sinking this country fast. I think the recent elections owe less to voter fraud than to complete and overwhelming stupidity in this country (and county).

Exhibit A: Angel "Who's Going to Pay for All These Children" Adams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bavou_...

And she's no longer the exception. I watch news about long lines for free housing, free food, free bookbags or clothes, free this or that, the interviews with recipients who complain there isn't enough free or that they had to wait in line too long to get their free things or that they should get free internet and phones and computers on top of that -- and it becomes readily apparent that we've left the ideals of independence and hard work far behind. This nation is sinking under the (over)weight of freeloaders and I see no way that it can be reversed. There are simply too many who believe they should have all the basics covered by government and the rest provided for free by someone other than themselves and that on top of that, if they do work, that they should be paid far more than that work is actually worth.

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Frustrated 1 year, 6 months ago

How does the BOE check the list of registered voters to see if they still live in the county or do they leave it up to the individual? If some moved from Rockdale to say Dekalb and didnt want to stand in line for hours to vote they would be inclined to stay registered in Rockdale. How often is the list of voters verified? Seem slike someone dropped the ball last election.

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roots 1 year, 6 months ago

Welcome to the new "Little Detroit" "just east of the ATL.

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Innocent_Bystander 1 year, 6 months ago

Obviously the Republican party has the BEST person on the Board of Elections that the Democratz could ever dream to have!!

Nice goin' pony tail Brown and fan club. As I read that little bit of idiocy..."the White Plane" I think in reading twixt the lines...this is the official "excuse" for the local GOP losing ALL of the elected positions in one sitting! Let's point the blame at a majority vote in Rockdale that went for the candidates supported by the Black community.

However...if one chooses to review the demographics; although the black majority is in place...they are not yet the voting majority as voting majority has not reached 18 years old. Rather than listening to a bunch of excuses as to why the local party dropped the ball...actually, not the party...the party officials for Rockdale, the real reason would be that these guys and gals are just residents of the county without any poltical skills, business acumen or ability to appeal across the hedgerow to fence sitters. Our GOP candidates were stuck with losers and now the local GOP lost it all with the exception of Commissioner vanNess....and that clock is now ticking.

I'm thinking of a word...and it rhymes with "bypasses." Thanks again to the GOP Clowns in Charge for "Lack of Stategy, 2012!" When you choose to go public with being Democrats, I'm sure there will be a group that will pay for your iniation fees into the Democratic Party.

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NitetimeinDaytime 1 year, 6 months ago

I must have missed the part where he revealed the race of the people who wrongfully voted........

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, considering lineup of the "winners", who could anyone possibly assume THAT?

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NitetimeinDaytime 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe they would have still "won" by a larger margin.....

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Elmo 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe? That's your argument? You're just a regular Perry Mason, aren't you?

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NitetimeinDaytime 1 year, 6 months ago

Nope. Just using good 'ole common sense. Since there is nothing in the article that states whether or not the voters were Democrat or Republican, Black or White, Asian or Hispanic, the 200 votes could have changed the outcome, or it could have not.

The lesson I take from this article is that we need a stronger voting system, including educating voters what they need to do to vote in the district in which they live.

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