When experts in their field speak, we like to listen. See what three of the most successful and admired attorneys in Georgia have to say about Supreme Court Candidate Tammy Lynn Adkins below.
The Ladies at Georgia Women VOTE!
Please consider voting for our friend Tammy Adkins
Bobby Lee Cook, Ralph Knowles, and Tommy Malone ask that you vote for Tammy Adkins in the runoff. We know her to be an outstanding law school honors graduate and member of the law review with a first class legal mind. Even more important to us, Tammy represented Georgians in the trial courts of this state for her entire professional career.
We believe that actually trying cases in our courts
is the best training for an appellate judge.
Tammy has been laboring on behalf of ordinary Georgians since 1993. She has earned you serious consideration.
Bobby Lee Cook,
Ralph Knowles and
Two women judicial candidates need our help to prevail in the Runoff Election on November 30,2010. Toni Davis is a candidate for Georgia’s Court of Appeals, and Tammy Lynn Adkins is a candidate for Georgia Supreme Court.
Learn more about these remarkable women here.
Runoff Elections are often decided by the smallest of margins. Never is it more true that every vote counts than in a runoff. Please take time to vote on November 30th, and encourage friends and family to vote as well.
Georgia Voters’ Bill of Rights
1. On Election Day, each polling place opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. If you are in line at the polling place when the polls close at 7:00 p.m., YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE in the election. Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-403, 413(g) (2002). The polls are open until 8:00 p.m. in Atlanta Id. § 21-2-403.
2. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IDENTIFICATION with you on Election Day. If you do not have any form of identification, you must sign a form under oath swearing or affirming that you are the person identified on your voter certificate. Id. § 21-2-418
3. If you are a first time voter who registered by mail and you do not have identification and you did not include a copy of your identification with your application, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT. Id. § 21-2-417(b)
4.If you cannot read English, or you are blind or disabled, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE from anyone you choose except your employer, your employer’s agent or an officer or representative of your union. Id. § 21-2-409(b)(1). This provision only applies if a federal candidate is on the ballot.
5. Between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Election Day, IF YOU ARE 75 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR YOU ARE DISABLED AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN VOTING, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE without waiting in line. Id. § 21-2-409.1
6. If you move to a different county or municipality after the fifth Monday prior to Election Day, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN YOUR OLD PRECINCT. Id. § 21-2-218(e)
7. If you make a mistake or “spoil” your ballot and have not cast the ballot, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE A REPLACEMENT BALLOT after returning the spoiled ballot to a poll officer. Id. § 21-2-433(b)
8. NO PERSON MAY ELECTIONEER, TRY TO INFLUENCE YOUR VOTE, ASK YOU TO SIGN A PETITION OR SOLICIT YOU IN ANY WAY when you are standing in line within 25 feet of a polling place. Id. § 21-2-414
9. If you have been convicted of a crime, but have completed your sentence, including any period of probation or parole, and have registered to vote since that time, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. Id. § 21-2-216(b)
10. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to bring your child under the age of 18 into the voting booth as long as they are not disruptive or interfere with the voting process, or operate the voting machine. Id. § 21-2-413(f)
11. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE DURING THE WORK DAY, unless you begin work after 9:00 a.m. or end work at 5:00 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m. in Atlanta). Id. § 21-2-404
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THIS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU.
As we head into the home stretch of this election cycle, it is VERY easy to get caught up in the partisan rehtoric. Thankfully, from time to time, we get voices of reason that cut through the den. The MDJ’s endorsement of Barnes is so full of common sense and what really matters to women in Georgia, I wanted to repost the whole thing here. Alas, copyright issues won’t permit, so I’ll just give you a few highlights. Make sure you check out the whole piece!
Barnes has spent decades serving the people of Georgia as a state senator, a state representative and then, from 1998-2002, as governor. Barnes took a proactive approach to dealing with education, transportation and other issues. Unfortunately, the direct way in which he took on such matters – as well as his success in removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag – generated strong opposition that contributed to his defeat for a second term in 2002. His successor, Sonny Perdue, learned from Barnes’ mistakes. Rather than take an activist approach to solving problems, Perdue has let most of them fester for as long as possible. The result is that Perdue’s successor will inherit a state where public schools in many places are still substandard, traffic congestion is worse than ever and the state is far from ready for the next drought….
Such times call for a leader of vision and leadership skills – and Roy Barnes is that leader. His successes as a businessman (he’s a banker), a lawyer (he’s one of the best in the state) and legislator have prepared him well for the challenges just ahead. There would be no steep learning curve as governor for Barnes, unlike what Deal would face. Georgia does not need a governor in days like these who is undergoing on-the-job training. Gov. Barnes would enter the governor’s office ready to go from Day 1…..
Our former governor has always been a political moderate, not a liberal, and has staked out a centrist position in this campaign. On key issues, he is in tune with the majority of Georgians, opposing admission of illegal aliens to public colleges and universities – and sharply critical of Obamacare and its financial impact on this state….Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Endorsement for governor Roy Barnes
The Voters: Men Are Fuming, Women Despairing, from NY Times
Men say they will vote for the Republican candidate rather than the Democratic candidate in their districts by a margin of 45 percent to 32 percent. The numbers are nearly reversed for women, with 36 percent saying they will vote Republican and 43 percent saying they will vote Democratic.
Ever since 1980, when Ronald Reagan inspired more men than women, the difference in the way men and women vote has been a significant part of American politics. Women have been more likely to favor Democratic candidates, an advantage Democrats have come to count on. Women also historically outnumber men when it comes to showing up at the polls.
But this year may be different. Even though women are still more likely to vote Democratic, the poll suggests that they may stay home this year, giving more of the decision-making to men by default.
So far in this election, women have not been nearly as attentive as men and have expressed less enthusiasm about voting, the poll found. Men are more likely than women to fall into the category of voters who say they are paying a lot of attention to the campaign right now. They are also more likely than women to say they are more enthusiastic about voting in this Congressional election than they remember being in past midterm elections.
It’s up to us to make sure women voters don’t sit this election out! Sign up now to host or attend a Georgia Women VOTE! house party, volunteer for one of these excellent candidates or head over to the nearest DPG Field Office to lend a hand. Help spread the word, and share the love.
Crossposted on Blog for Democracy.org
Friday, in his interview with the AJC, Roy Barnes focused on Georgia’s economy. Today, in his interview with the AJC, Nathan Deal focused on his own economy. There’s no better example of the immediate difference in these two candidates- one prepared to focus on Georgia, the other distracted by a personal financial crises.
With every day that passes, with every new installment in the now-daily saga of Deal’s questionably financial or business decisions, people I talk with grow more and more concerned that they can’t trust anything Deal says. I have Republican friends who are either quietly supporting Barnes, Monds or simple prepared to “skip the race.”
Today we learn that Deal’s daughter and son-in-law didn’t mention candidate-Deal in their bankruptcy filings last year, despite the fact that Deal himself described his role as a “partner” in a “family business” in his own filings.
Those IRS schedules Deal won’t share would tell voters more about his role in Wilder Outdoors. That’s important since his campaign now acknowledges that the losses he took in 2006 and 2007 were related to his investment in Wilder Outdoors. (Deal paid only $5,575 in tax on gross income of $188K in 2006 and in 2007 paid only $2,068.00 in tax on $205K in gross income.) The schedules would also tell voters whether or not Deal accurately represented his income and assets to the banks that kept lending him money.
My guess is we’ll never see the schedules, but Deal could stop the Chinese water torture that has become his campaign if he’d just tell us the “whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Surely, he remembers that phrase from practicing law.
Here’s the full release from the Democratic Party of Georgia:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2010
Victory 2010 Launches ‘Georgia Women VOTE!’ Campaign
ATLANTA –Today, the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Victory 2010 campaign launched a targeted sub-campaign, “Georgia Women VOTE!” which aims to build a statewide network of women voters in Georgia and increase woman-voter turnout in November and beyond.
“Independent women voters will decide the election in November,” said Amy Morton, Chairwoman of Georgia’s WIN List and Vice Chairwoman of Victory 2010. “From education to healthcare, Georgia’s women have a lot at stake during this election cycle. Now is the time to organize, energize and ensure that women make it to the polls.”
Utilizing the Georgia Women VOTE! website (www.GeorgiaWomenVote.org) and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, the campaign will grow a statewide contact list and offer its members voter-education tools, engaging issue-based discussions and new networking opportunities. The first large-scale action item of the campaign centers on organizing house parties throughout the state set on specific dates. Hosts of Georgia Women VOTE! House Parties will be equipped with materials from the campaign to ensure that their parties succeed in fostering a larger network of woman voters.
“Hosting house parties on the same night throughout Georgia allows all participants to do more than network in their communities—it allows them to become part of a larger movement working for increased participation in the election process,” said Morton.
Interested voters can visit www.GeorgiaWomenVote.org to sign-up for email updates, volunteer to host a house party and learn more about the campaign.