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Karl's LA Times link led to an interesting article, written in 1990. At that time, only 9 states had runoffs, almost all were southern states. The article states that Georgia House leader Denmark Groover said that the law was passed in 1964 to dilute the power of the black vote. In any case, I think David Brown's comment was meant to show that the law of unintended consequences sometimes kicks in, that what was meant to thwart one voting bloc could also thwart another. The law should be repealed, not only because runoffs are a waste of time and money, but because of the original intent of the law. One thing that I think we can all agree on is that we are glad Mike Beaudreau lost, regardless of how it happened.
I wondered why Georgia had runoffs. I had never voted in a runoff before moving to Georgia, as my previous state did not have them. I think they are a waste of time and money. Having said that, I am overjoyed that Beaudreau lost!
One would hope that representatives from both sides would be allowed to observe. Let's hope the results will remain the same!!!
It's certainly possible that Hunter could gain votes, too.
NewsReader, you are so right. The disdain with which Mike treated people was something to behold. At commissioner meetings, his atrocious body language said, "I can't wait until you shut up and sit down," prompting one woman last March or April to stop in the middle of her three-minute speech and ask Mike to quit rolling his head around. If he can't take a look at his arrogant behavior, he will never get any further in politics, regardless of any positive traits he may have.
Oh, thank God! And thanks to all of you who made it to the polls! Every vote counts!!!
Cleanupguy, Thanks for the clarification. I'm glad he won! Now, if we can just get Beaudreau voted out!!!
I read somewhere that Brooks was pro airport expansion--hope that's wrong! And now we're just one runoff away from removing Beaudreau from office, too!
Sing, Shirley, sing!!!
I can only hope that Charlotte meant that when some time passes and some things play out, people will realize that this is NOT a ploy. Taken in context, it appears that that's what she meant. Meanwhile, I am more concerned about who wins the county commissioner slots in the July 31st election.
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