Notice of vacancy in the Glynn County Democratic Committee and call for interested candidates

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, according to its Bylaws, all vacancies in Executive Committee Posts or Officers, in the Glynn County Democratic Committee, shall be filled by election of the remaining Committee members, provided at least three members remain.
Current Vacancy includes:
• one (1) District 1 Representative
The representative will be elected to serve on the Committee for a four-year term, pro-rated from when the original term began. In this case, the term would end during the Presidential General Primary month, in 2020.
The election will be held, by the Executive Committee, at 5:15 p.m., Monday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church (in the Miller Building behind the church), Brunswick GA 31520. If you’re interested, send a letter of intent by 5 p.m. July 15, to Committee Chair Julie Jordan, j.jordan13@att.net.
Please, also, direct your questions to Committee Chair, Julie Jordan, at j.jordan13@att.net.

Lisa Ring urges Democratic unity

Lisa Ring, chair of the Democratic party of Georgia's 1st Congressional District.

Thanks very much to all who attended the June 24 GlynnDems community meeting, and to Lisa Ring, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, for being our keynote speaker. Lots of great questions and answers. Ring said she hopes that the large field of Democratic primary candidates avoids the divisiveness that could weaken the eventual presidential candidate.

We’ve got work to do, in the run-up to the 2020 elections, but we can do it. Join us, for next month’s meeting and buy your tickets to the Annual Banquet, Aug. 24. Details here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019-annual-dinner

NEXT MEETING
Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Miller Building
First United Methodist Church, 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick GA.

Election supervisor set for District 2 meeting

Chris Channell, new supervisor of the Glynn County Board of Elections and Registration, will talk about plans to roll out new voting machines for the 2020 election at the GlynnDems District 2 meeting June 17. GlynnDems from all districts are invited to attend.

When: 6:00 p.m., Monday June 17

Where: St. Ignatius Church, 2906 Demere Road, St.Simons Island 31522

What are you doing in 2020?

We need qualified candidates in 2020 to turn Glynn County blue. More than a dozen offices are up for election next year, including state representatives, county commissioners, county sheriff, and district attorney. In 2018 we showed that Democrats can do well in Glynn County. See which offices are up for election in 2020. We can’t win if you don’t run.

Disenfranchisement, Georgia Style

This story originally appeared in Newsweek and was shared on Facebook and other social media sites. It is being reprinted here in its entirety because of the importance of this issue to all of us. As many of our speakers from the Democratic Banquet stated, this is a fundamental right that should not be abridged by those who would deny everyone their right to vote.

This original article is written by Ramsey Touchberry at Newsweek.

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WHY A RURAL GEORGIA COUNTY WANTS TO CLOSE ALMOST ALL ITS POLLING LOCATIONS IN A MAJORITY BLACK COUNTY

The board of elections for a rural, southwest county in Georgia that consists of mostly black voters wants to eliminate all but two of the county’s polling locations just months before the midterm elections because they’re not in compliance with disabilities laws.

During a “courtesy” meeting Thursday night, the Randolph County Board of Elections, a county located near the Georgia-Alabama border, informed residents of the possibility that seven of the nine voting locations would be eliminated since the county did not have time to make them wheelchair accessible before the midterms, according to local media reports.

The seven locations they want to close are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires wheelchair accessibility to all public buildings. As a solution, one board member suggested voters could still apply for an absentee ballot by mail.  

Randolph County has a small population, 7,000 people, with black people making up 61 percent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia said one of the proposed locations to be closed has a 96 percent black population of registered voters. The median household income is just a little over $30,000 per year with a poverty rate of 30 percent, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Leaving the county with just two polling locations in a county that does not have adequate public transportation, ACLU said, would make it considerably harder for rural residents to make it to the polls.

In a letter sent to the Randolph County Board of Elections threatening legal action against the county, ACLU Georgia claimed the timing of the proposal was suspicious because the exact same polling locations were used in recent elections earlier this year and because the first black female gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, will be on the ballot in November.

“We have expected high turnout this fall. You have to ask, why were these polling places enough for the primary and runoff earlier this year, but not good enough for this November’s election?” the letter said. “The timing is very suspicious.”

Abrams opponent, who happens to be Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose office serves as the top election official in the state, said in a statement he was opposed to closing the voting stations.

“As soon as we learned about this proposal, we immediately contacted Randolph County to gather more information,” Kemp said through a spokeswoman. “Although state law gives localities broad authority in setting precinct boundaries and polling locations, we strongly urged local officials to abandon this effort and focus on preparing for a secure, accessible, and fair election for voters this November.”

“If you cut your hand, you don’t chop off your arm. You heal the cut that’s on your hand,” said Sean Young, legal director of ACLU Georgia. “People who don’t have a car, they’re going to have to walk 3 1/2 hours to get to the closest polling place if this proposal goes through.”

The county will vote on the proposed changes August 24, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.