Monday, September 15, 2014

Another Democratic Voting Site Added in DeKalb, Brookhaven

News keeps getting better for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter.  DeKalb County has once again amended its early voting sites, adding Brookhaven City Hall as a new site.  Now don't go thinking Brookhaven is a Conservative area; it's not.  There are pockets of Red in Brookhaven on the western section, but it's a 50/50 split at best city wide.  In 2012 the voting precinct that includes Brookhaven City Hall voted 61% Obama, and the two precincts directly east and west voted for Obama 73% and 65%.  So yes, another Democrat-leaning voting site added.

Where is the north Dunwoody location?  Are Dunwoody officials working on it?  Is our senator?

You can see the 2012 voting results on a nifty map HERE.

See story about Brookhaven being added for early voting HERE.

And Tucker and Stone Mountain locations added.  Of course these are also heavy Democrat areas as well. 

If DeKalb does open a precinct in Dunwoody they will probably suggest a precinct in the eastern edge of the city.

How about the Dunwoody Library location?  

This Sunday / Early voting issue has shown how little control we have with anything regarding the DeKalb County.  

Lee May continues to WIN this battle, shoving it in the collective faces of Dunwoody politicians and voters.


Anonymous said...

Just as not all of DeKalb is Democrat, not all of Dunwoody is Republican.

DunwoodyTalk said...

Anon 4:36:

Yes, we know that. Look at that map linked in the post and you'll see Dunwoody 75%+ voted Republican in 2012, some precincts close to 85%

Anonymous said...

Having a difficult time understanding your difficulty with the placement of these SUNDAY voting precincts, despite their relatively central locations to the entire county. Why not complain about the early voting precincts as well--none of those in Dunwoody either, correct?

Anonymous said...

People who want to vote will vote--whether it be Sunday, or early, or on election day. Those who don't care won't vote. That goes for Republicans as well as Democrats.

Anonymous said...

Compare the red/blue lines against the way our "non-partisan" City Council districts are drawn. You know darn well that the city districts were drawn north to south instead of east to west to dilute the minority & hence -- Democratic -- vote. When will the US Justice Department come in and sue the city to correct the district maps? Or maybe the friends of State Representative Stacey Abrams will do so? After all, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp is on an unfounded witch hunt against Rep Abrams' voter registration drives of minorities. Due to changing demographics, the Republican majority has another election cycle in Georgia --maybe two -- remaining. After that? It'll be Asians, Latinos, Millennials, Centrists and Independents comprising the majority of the electorate. No Agenda 21 conspiracy folks here. These will be people that choose to compromise and doing SOMETHING over allowing disruptive STANDSTILL politics and economic disasters such as Government Shutdowns to occur. Gwinnett will be the next county to go Democratic. We've already seen a life-long Republican on their School Board flip to a (D). And I predict they'll even join MARTA, or at least bring in rail. Republicans continue to dig themselves into a hole with each declaration of "us verses minorities", against immigrants, "social morality" God-fearing legislation and exclusivity instead of inclusivity. Keep on holding your meetings & fundraisers at the likes of Dunwoody Country Club, or St.Ives. Unless Republicans change their ways, those that live along Peachtree Industrial and Buford Highway will be in the majority.

Anonymous said...

I always wondered why we don't have early voting in Dunwoody. We used to have it at Brook Run Park. That issue should be addressed as well. Can the mayor or someone like city manager simply request early voting here?

Robert Wittenstein said...

I feel compelled to respond to the Anonymous rant at 10:07 on 09/16.

For better or worse, I helped establish the three voting districts in Dunwoody. Let me assure everyone that diluting minority voting power was the farthest thing from our minds.

The original charter committee had spent hours (and hours) discussing the pros and cons of various structures and had finally concluded that 3 at-large (but geographically distributed) council posts and 3 districts posts would be the most effective blend of perspectives.

We noted that Dunwoody is approximately 5 miles east to west and approximately 3 miles from south to north. That meant that running our district lines from south to north would create much more compact districts. We created voting districts that ran south to north because creating compact districts (rather than elongated ones) is a central pillar of best practices for designing voting districts.

It also seemed to support an already existing sense of identity. Many residents of Dunwoody North consider themselves a group with a common interest in East Dunwoody. If we had divided the 30360 part of Dunwoody into three long, thin, districts we would have made them a minority in all three districts. Running the districts from east to west from the Fulton line to the Doraville would have risked disenfranchising their special interests. It also would have left open the possibility that our mayor and all our council members could have lived exclusively in the Austin and Vanderlyn areas.

Partisan politics is alive and well in Dunwoody and DeKalb, but it played no role in city boundries.

Tom Taylor said...

I will just say that I was on that group as well and Rob is right on target with his comments. This was done back in 2006 when we first had the Dunwoody bill in the Legislature. We went around on this several times and the biggest concern was not partisan politics, but having each district and citizen of Dunwoody have a vote 5 of the 7 elected officials in order to not have "territorial" or "balkanization" issues in a city with a large population (for GA), but a very small footprint. We had a very healthy debate that occuured down in the Legislature on this, as well as in the community prior to the referendum in July 2008, which passed by 82%.

Yes, Rick is addressing partisan issues and people fall on both sides with the early voting issue he brings up. Just want to say that as a participant in the process for 3 years leading up to cityhood, Mr. Wittenstein is accurate in his comments.

As he states, partisan politics is alive and well in the current issue, but agree that he correctly pointed out the context in which the Dunwoody districts were drawn.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor said...

And to the poster who questioned when the Justice Department was going to come in and sue to change the Dunwoody Districts, the US DOJ pre-cleared that map prior to the referendum in July 2008.

After that DeKalb County and the Legislative Black Caucus of Georgia, as well as the NAACP sued to have ALL of the newer cities in Fulton and DeKalb charters overturned. That suit was found to have no merit.

That is the history of it.

The real partisan issue there was not as much R or D, but DeKalb County govt, or locally controlled government.