Set SPLOST votes for general elections
March 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 766 views | 3 3 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

It is disgusting and very manipulative that the Boards of the Cobb and Marietta schools have the right to set special elections so that the general electorate will not “turn out for the vote.” There were 23,248 in favor (3.42 percent). Out of a total population of 700,000 we have a total “turn-in” the vote, and that is exactly what the school boards predicted. The ability to choose the playing field definitely gives the advantage to those who favor the special elections.

Don’t we, The Electorate, just love being manipulated? And the sad part is it will happen again until the law prevents voter manipulation. Vote for legislators who will pass a law requiring SPLOST votes at general elections.

Anthony Kirkland

Marietta
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off balance
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March 24, 2013
It is a very stealthy practice to schedule a separate vote for SPLOST since separate voting usually brings out many supporters of an issue who will be sure to vote while those opposed, lazily sit home, believing that others like them will reject the bill.

I was unsure until the day before which way I would vote. Because I always TRY to do the right thing, I decided to vote against the SPLOST purely on the basis that those who put it together did so with the confidence that those who wanted it would more than likely show up compared to the nays.

I, also, do not want Cobb to pay for special voting times. One would think Cobb County was run by Chicago emigres.
quityerwhining
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March 24, 2013
Cry me a river! Cobb County residents had a plethora or opportunities to get out and vote. This SPLOST election was not some covert operation, Anthony. How did residents NOT know about this SPLOST vote?! At the very least, just the Marietta Daily Journal, alone, has been saturating its paper with the pros and cons and ins and outs of SPLOST IV. They printed articles both for and against it. It has been on the local news stations. In the AJC. All over Facebook and Twitter. Were you living under a rock?

Are you telling me that when a primary or run-off occurs, you don't go out and vote?! Only a miniscule amount of voters take the time? Shame on you. Those elections are important, too, as the elected official is our voice.

If Cobb County residents cared...I mean really, REALLY cared, they had many options to let their voice be heard. No one was preventing them from casting their vote either FOR or AGAINST. They could've voted by absentee ballot. They could've done advanced voting. Or they could've voted March 19. It's as simple as running just one more errand in your day. Were you expecting a stretch limo to pick you up with Starbuck's waiting inside? Oh...you were. My bad.

My friends and family and co-workers saw the good and positive things that SPLOST brings to our kids and schools and community and property values. Out team won and your team lost. Get over it and have a better attitude about what this does for Cobb County.
anonymous
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March 24, 2013
Oh please. You'll be complaining about the 15% that turn out at the general election.
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