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15 October 2010

Who I've Voted For (and why my votes may change)

Several weeks ago, I requested an absentee ballot and proceeded to vote for a candidate in every race except for Governor, Secretary of State and State School Superintendent.

Here's what my absentee ballot looks like as of October 15, 2010:

    For U.S. Senate - Johnny Isakson
    For Governor - Blank
    For Lt. Governor - Carol Porter
    For Secretary of State - Blank
    For Attorney General - Sam Olens
    For Commissioner of Agriculture - Gary Black
    For Commissioner of Insurance - Mary Squires
    For State School Superintendent - Blank
    For Commissioner of Labor - Darryl Hicks
    For Public Service Commissioner - Keith Moffett
    For Congress - David Scott
    For State Senator - Donzella James
    For State Representative - Virgil Fludd
    For Fulton County Commissioner, District 1 - Steve Broadbent
    For Fulton County Commissioner, District 2 - Lori Henry
    For Fulton County Commissioner, District 7 - Andre Walker
    For Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia - David Nahmias
For Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia - A. Harris Adams
For Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia - Anne Elizabeth Barnes
For Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia - Chris McFadden
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Marvin S. Arrington, Sr.
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Jerry W. Baxter
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Christopher S. Brasher
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Thomas R. Campbell, Jr.
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Craig Laurence Schwall, Sr.
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Kelly Amanda Lee
For Judge, Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit - Cynthia D. Wright
For Judge of State Court of Fulton County - Fred C. Eady
For Judge of State Court of Fulton County - Susan B. Forsling
For Judge of State Court of Fulton County - Jay M. Roth
For Judge of State Court of Fulton County - John M. Spotts
Amendment 1 - No
Amendment 2 - Yes
Amendment 3 - Yes
Amendment 4 - No
Amendment 5 - Yes
Statewide Referendum A - Yes


However, these votes aren't official until I return my absentee ballot.

I still hold my official absentee ballot in my hand, and I have the option of changing my vote on Election Day.

Georgia law reads as follows:

21-2-388. Cancellation of absentee ballots of electors who are present in election precinct during primaries and elections

When an absentee ballot which has been voted shall be returned to and received by the board of registrars, it shall be deemed to have been voted then and there; and no other ballot shall be issued to the same elector. If an elector has requested to vote by absentee ballot and has not received such absentee ballot, has such ballot in his or her possession, or has returned such ballot but the registrars have not received such ballot, such elector may have the absentee ballot canceled and vote in person on the day of the primary, election, or runoff in one of the following ways:

(1) If the elector is in possession of the ballot, by surrendering the absentee ballot to the poll manager of the precinct in which the elector's name appears on the electors list and then being permitted to vote the regular ballot. The poll manager shall mark "Canceled" and the date and time across the face of the absentee ballot and shall initial same. The poll manager shall also make appropriate notations beside the name of the elector on the electors list. All such canceled absentee ballots shall be returned with other ballots to the superintendent;


I may decide that I'm comfortable with my ballot choices and mail in my absentee ballot; or I may decide to change my vote, surrender my absentee ballot to the poll manager at my precinct and vote in person on November 2nd.

That's my right. And that's what it means, what it really means, to be an educated voter.