A Message From Rep. Wallace (GA 119)

From Our Representative Jonathan Wallace:

Last week, I was disappointed to see a federal court reject a request that Georgia switch to paper ballots for this November’s election. Given the known weaknesses of Georgia’s voting technology, I believe paper ballots would give us the most confidence that every vote will be counted.

There are still steps we can all take, however, to protect our votes this year and going forward.

1. This year, consider voting by mail. You may not be able to cast a paper ballot on Election Day, but you can still cast one by voting absentee. Just mail an absentee ballot request form to your County Board of Elections, and they will send you your ballot. Then complete it, and mail it back.

You can download a ballot request form here.

In Athens, mail your request form to:

Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections

P.O. Box 1828

Athens, Georgia 30603

In Oconee, mail your request form to:

Oconee County Board of Elections & Registration

P.O. Box 958

Watkinsville, Georgia, 30677

For more guidance on voting absentee in Georgia, check out this great twitter thread by the election integrity activist Marilyn Marks.

2.  Support candidates who will fight for fair elections. Our current state government may have failed to safeguard our elections, but we can change that by electing officials who will protect the right to vote.

This year I sponsored a bill that would allow Georgians to pre-register to vote when they are 16, so their registration becomes automatic when they turn 18. Let’s make it easier to vote, not harder. I support an independent redistricting commission that will put an end to partisan gerrymandering. And as I recently had a chance to explain in this interview with Civicist, I’m ready to use my tech background to ensure Georgia’s voting technology is reliable and secure.

Let’s continue this important work together. I’m grateful for any support you can offer today.

Jonathan

September Meeting Canceled

Dear Oconee County Democrats,

We have decided to cancel our meeting  for this Tuesday.We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend  the Community Engagement meeting which is scheduled from 6 pm-9 pm on the same evening. We encourage all of you to attend and show continued support for our two school board candidates Fran Thompson and Andrea Wellnitz.

The purpose of their meeting is for community members to provide input as OCS begins its Strategic Planning Process.The set up will be small groups where individuals will have opportunities to discuss and identify internal and external challenges, growth areas, opportunities, and success of the school system. Light refreshments will be served.

Our committee has procured 100 Abrams signs for our county. Angie Eells and Tracey Wyatt will be available at Keba from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm for those of you who would like to purchase a sign, say hello or  eat a great dinner. Our cost was $3 a sign but we are asking for a $5 donation with the proceeds going back into getting our local candidates elected. We are giving signs away in exchange for one hour of volunteer time. We will have more details for you there.

We believe this event is too important for folks to miss or have to choose. See you next month ON THURSDAY October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce. Keep checking our calendar, your emails and the website for everything you need to know about the campaign season and how you can help TURN GA BLUE.

In solidarity,

Angie M Eells

Chair of OCDC

Community Engagement Meeting Sept. 18