Jason Carter is a Candler Park neighbor, a Mary Lin dad and our current State Senator. He announced today that he is running to be Georgia's next governor.
Stay tuned for more info.
From Sarah Cook, Mary Lin Local School Council Communication Committee
Beginning Friday, November 15, the lower school driveway (by the playground) and the entrance off of Oakdale will be construction areas and will be closed. On-street parking will be heavily limited because teachers and staff will need to park there. Parents are encouraged to walk their children, use the bus, use the carpool/drop-off, or park at Candler Park and walk children up to school. Parents should not expect to be able to park on surrounding streets and walk their children into school.
If you have questions, please see Dr. Mitchell, Assistant Principal Ashley Adamo, or a member of the Local School Council.
See all the results at the Fulton County election results site. Here are the winners of races that appeared on CP ballots:
Mayor - Kasim Reed 84%
City Council President - Ceasar Mitchell 80%
City Council Post 1 At Large - Michael Julian Bond 98% (unopposed)
City Council Post 2 At Large - Mary Norwood 53%
City Council Post 3 At Large - Andre Dickens 53%
City Council District 2 - Kwanza Hall 97% (unopposed)
School Board District 7 At Large - Courtney English 61%
School Board District 8 At Large - Reuben McDaniel 37%, Cynthia Briscoe Brown 26% - RUNOFF ON DEC 3
School Board District 9 At Large - Jason Esteves 34%, Lori James 31% - RUNOFF ON DEC 3
School Board District 1 - Leslie Grant 57%
First, if you haven't voted yet, GO VOTE! Polls are open until 8 pm.
Here is a statement that was provided by the Secretary of State's office this afternoon.
There was a human data entry error that originated in my agency that possibly resulted in a limited number of voters receiving the wrong ballot in the Epworth Church precinct that has portions of DeKalb and Fulton Counties. When it was brought to our attention late morning, a remediation plan was sent to the counties and we are confident that everyone voting since approximately noon has cast the correct ballot. There is no way to know how many ballots were cast in error until after this election is completed. Our focus today is to make sure the election runs as smoothly as possible. We will do a thorough investigation into the effect of this human error and will be very transparent in sharing what we find out.
Brian P. Kemp
Thanks to Jessica Corbitt for sending this along.
The report from Epworth is that everyone can now cast electronic ballots and provisional ballots should no longer be necessary.
If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Epworth, please let the poll workers know so they can create a manual electronic ballot that will include the correct races.
If you live in Candler Park, regardless of where you normally vote, your ballot must include the district 1 school board race (Grant / Muhammad) and the district 2 city council race (Kwanza Hall). If you do not see those two races, do not vote in the wrong races; stop and speak with a poll worker immediately.
You can still get in and out of the polling location quickly. This should not discourage anyone from voting. In fact, it's even more important to vote because of the possibility that the confusion around ballots may have reduced turn-out.
As noted previously, there have been many reports of ballot irregularities at the Epworth Church polling location.
First and foremost, if you have not already voted, PLEASE GO TO EPWORTH TO CAST YOUR VOTE. This is even more important than it would have been otherwise because we know that many Candler Park residents were deprived of their opportunity to vote in their district school board and city council races.
If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Epworth, you must request a provisional ballot from poll workers. Please insist on this.
If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Mary Lin (but are voting at Epworth for this election due to Mary Lin construction), go ahead and vote electronically.
If you live in Candler Park, regardless of where you normally vote, your ballot must include the district 1 school board race (Grant / Muhammad) and the district 2 city council race (Kwanza Hall). If you do not see those two races, do not vote in the wrong races; stop and demand a provisional ballot.
Finally, if you already voted and did not receive the correct ballot, please go back to the polling location and demand a provisional paper ballot. Fulton County will reconcile the paper ballots with the incorrect electronic ones. This is the procedure recommended by Ashley Howard of Fulton County Voting and Registration.
We've had numerous reports of a problem with some ballots at the Epworth Church polling location. For Candler Park residents who typically vote at Epworth (as opposed to Mary Lin, since those folks are also voting at Epworth today), they are seeing the school board district 3 race on the ballots which is Matt Westmoreland running unopposed. They should be seeing the school board district 1 race, which is Leslie Grant and Brenda Muhammad.
We're talking with the Fulton County Elections Chief (Fulton County is conducting the elections for all of City Atlanta, both Fulton & Dekalb Counties) and expecting to hear something back soon. Will keep everyone posted.
Check out the November edition of the Candler Park Messenger here [pdf link].