The Election

11.7.2015
Rep. Scott Holcomb

The Election

LaVista Hills and Tucker cityhood results:

As you know, the proposed city of LaVista Hills was narrowly defeated, while the proposed city of Tucker passed. I represent constituents who reside in both footprints.

Within the 81st House District, a majority of voters cast ballots in favor of LaVista Hills.

Since Tuesday, I have been following the news reports concerning the election. The Georgia Secretary of State's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the election. I expect that they will act quickly and publish their findings to the public.

Here are news stories with more detail:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/officials-certify-dekalb-election-lavista-hills-su/npHzb/ and here: http://www.decaturish.com/2015/11/dekalb-county-confident-election-results-will-stand-email-to-lavista-hills-revealed/

While I am not privy to all of the information surrounding the investigation, I can share with you some background information regarding the election.

The borders of both Tucker and LaVista Hills did not correspond to voting precinct boundaries. As a result, precincts were split and DeKalb Elections had to determine, often on a house-by-house basis, who lived within the boundaries. The boundaries also created confusion because some voters who lived outside of the proposed city received mailers and robocalls about the election.

I know of one error, which was corrected, in which a voter who should have received a LaVista Hills ballot but initially did not was given the correct ballot based on an examination of the map that was posted at the voting precinct. I also know of instances where the posted maps were used to verify that voters did not, in fact, live within the boundaries.

Since the election was close, it is really important that we get to the bottom of this quickly. We must make our decisions based on the facts and we must follow the law.

If you believe that you were disenfranchised—meaning that you believe you should have been able to vote but weren't able to do so—please send an email to me at scott@repscottholcomb.com. I will forward to the appropriate governmental agency.

You need to provide your name, the specific allegation, and your residential address.

With respect to the questions about the voting machine data, I have confirmed that a forensic analysis is being conducted.

The results of the Georgia Secretary of State's investigation into both potential disenfranchisement and the voting machines will be made public after the investigation is concluded.

It is also possible that the election results can be contested in court. Here is the statute for contesting the results of an election:

§ 21-2-522. Grounds for contest

A result of a primary or election may be contested on one or more of the following grounds:

1. Misconduct, fraud, or irregularity by any primary or election official or officials sufficient to change or place in doubt the result;

2. When the defendant is ineligible for the nomination or office in dispute;

3. When illegal votes have been received or legal votes rejected at the polls sufficient to change or place in doubt the result;

4. For any error in counting the votes or declaring the result of the primary or election, if such error would change the result; or

5. For any other cause which shows that another was the person legally nominated, elected, or eligible to compete in a run-off primary or election.

In sum, I want answers just like you. It is important for every voter to have the confidence that the election was conducted fairly. I'm going to keep working on this and will share with you what I find.

DeKalb County Ethics and Other Results:

This county reform bill passed, and will result in the establishment of an independent ethics commission.

Here is a link to the election results, which includes the Mayor and City Council races for Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville as well as the cityhood and ethics votes:

http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/CurrentElectionInfo.html

Veterans Job Fair

The Tucker Civic Association is sponsoring a Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, November 16th, from 10 AM to 3 PM at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker 30084.



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