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Update: One Vote Deciding the Future of Watkinsville

One vote is separating two Watkinsville candidates for a seat in the City Council. Grady Newsource Reporter Molly Swindall says at least four more ballots are coming in from overseas military personnel which Pat Haize who runs the Oconee County Board of Elections says these ballots will likely decide THIS RACE. But there is another race in Oconee County separated by just one vote. Find out that race tonight at 5 on Charter channel 181 or on Grady Newsource Ustream We reached out to Mark Melvin who said that one vote,…

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Undocumented Immigrants and the Election

Election day is here. One of the issues that experts say could impact the results is the Latino vote and the candidates positions on immigration. College Republican, Ben Grayson has a very strong opinion on the issue of undocumented citizens. “In a state funded university, no I don’t think that they should have the same rights to access for education as citizens”, said Grayson. One local expert, Marcus Crepaz, thinks it will take a while for immigration issues to change though. “This is the Obama administration and we are seeing these issues…

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Viewing Parties in Athens

Election day is here. Now you just need a place to watch the election. Whether you’re for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, there’s a place for you to watch both of the presidential candidates tonight at a local viewing party. The University Union is sponsoring a viewing party at the University of Georgia’s Tate Grand Hall. Socially Conscious Director of the University Union, Ayesha Jamil said, “The election is a very trending topic that’s happening this year so we decided to create a political series for that and we had a bunch…

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Georgia U.S. Senate Race Faces Potential Run-off

This year’s Georgia United States Senate race has the potential to become a run-off. Republican Incumbent U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson is running against Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale and a more popular than usual Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley. Buckley’s popularity could throw a wrench in the works of Isakson and Barksdale’s campaigns. In Georgia, a candidate must receive at least 50% of the vote to get elected. If not, a run-off election is conducted. University of Georgia Political Science Professor Charles Bullock says Buckley has the potential to play spoiler. “There’s…

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On the Ballot: Oconee County Alcohol Sales

WATKINSVILLE, Ga-Staying close to home on Sundays while enjoying an alcoholic beverage might be easier for Oconee County residents after Nov. 8. There will be two ordinances on the ballot that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The first ordinance gives residents the option of allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays. The second item on the ballot would give retail stores permission to sell alcohol. Oconee County Chairman Melvin Davis said he was approached by several restaurant owners and retail managers complaining that they were losing business…

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Local Business Owners Weigh in on 2016 Election

Georgia was just ranked the best state in which to do business for the 4th year in a row. On Wednesday, Site Selection announced its annual rankings for the most “business-friendly” state. This makes the economy an even bigger election issue here. Many small businesses worry about the effects of the election on their own companies but don’t agree on solutions. Kelly Barns has owned her own business, Treehouse Athens, for over 20 years. Her biggest concern for this year’s election are health care and taxes. She says the she wishes…

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Early Voting At UGA Starts Tuesday

            On November 1st through the 2nd, voters registered in Athens-Clarke County can cast their votes on-campus at the University of Georgia. This is the first time the Athens Board of Elections approved UGA to serve as a polling place. “We heard from a lot of students that are excited about this election and really want to be a part of the process,” Houston Gaines, President of the Student Government Association, said. Voters can visit the polls from 8 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday in…

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A Selfie May Cost You A Vote Or Jail Time

Early Voting is in full swing at the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections, but cell phone use, on the other hand, is not. Georgia Code 21-2-413, Section (e), says taking video or pictures is illegal in “the polling place”. In the 25 years Cora Wright, Assistant Director of Board of Elections in Athens-Clarke County, has worked the elections, she can only recall one instance that caused a problem with a cell phone. “I just remember one time, a while back, this one person picked their phone up and went to…

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Jackson County is not expecting any voter fraud this election

  One voting precinct has seen a record breaking increase in voters coming out. Jackson County Elections Office has had almost 2,000 ballots cast as of this week. With such a large number of voters, the question is being asked whether voter fraud happen. But elections supervisor Lori Wurtz isn’t worried about any cases of voter fraud happening here. With the election just nineteen days away, Jackson County has seen a large increase in voters. This past Monday they hit a record breaking 644 voters in just one day. Wurtz says she…

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Amendment 3: What You Need To Know

ATHENS, Ga.– November eighth is fast approaching and you aren’t only voting on a new president. There will be four amendments on the ballot to vote on. One of those amendments is Amendment 3. Amendment 3 discusses the options for the Georgia Replacement of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Judicial Qualifications Commission was created in 1972. The commission conducts investigations and hearings for complaints of ethical misconduct by Georgia judges. Those in favor of Amendment 3 argue that the commission has lost credibility and therefore needs to be overhauled. “The issue is,…

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Amendment 3 Explained

In less than a month, people in GA will be forced to vote on Amendment 3, but some aren’t even sure what it is. If the amendment passes, it will replace the current Judicial Qualifications Commission with a new one designed by the General Assembly. Follow Grady Newsource on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on this story. By: Molly Swindall

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