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WE THE PEOPLE of Fayette County... cannot be complacent about our future
 
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AGENDA 21
2ND AMENDMENT
 
TAXATION
LEGISLATION

County Elections Board

 

ISSUE: Whether the county commissioners shall have the authority to Veto Political Parties' Nominees to the County Elections Board

SUMMARY: Resolution 2010-22 dated Dec 9th, 2010, if approved by the GA General Assembly, would provide the county commission with authority to veto the County Elections Board nominees of the two major political parties.

Former Commission Chairman Smith and current Commissioners Frady & Horgan approved the resolution; Commissioner Maxwell opposed the resolution and Hearn was absent.  The approved resolution must be introduced into the GA State legislature and approved before taking effect.

OUR POSITION: We oppose this resolution because it violates the principle of divided powers and equal representation.  We are campaigning the current commission to rescind the resolution.

   
 

           UPDATE
In a Jan 21 phone interview with Fayette County News reporter Adrienne Leon, Commissioner Robert Horgan said he and the other commissioners planned to revisit the matter in their March 2 commissioners' workshop.

Commissioners Frady, Horgan, and Heard moved to rescind the measure in March and the motion carried 5-0 as originally requested by interested citizens and Commissioners McCarty andBroan .

   
 

DISCUSSION
When asked by former commissioner Eric Maxwell if one of GA's other 159 counties did it the  [way we're proposing in this resolution], County Attorney Scott Bennett responded "That's how Henry County does it".

Our January 13th check with Henry County Director of Elections and & Registration Janet Shellnutt revealed that is not the case however- Henry County commissioners do not have veto power over political parties' nominees to the Elections Board. 
Mr. Bennett's incorrect response to the question is reminiscent of a similar opinion he rendered as McDonough's city attorney.

   
  REFERENCES:
- County Commission minutes (see item J on the agenda)
- Agenda Request sheet (downloadable PDF)
   

 

 


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