Thursday, November 10, 2011
How many voters turned out from your neighborhood?
Voters throughout metro Atlanta overwhelmingly approved Sunday alcohol sales on Tuesday, as well as school tax referendums in DeKalb and Fulton counties. Here is a look at how Druid Hills residents voted: Briar Vista Elementary School: 12.52 percent Reg. voters: 2,268; Cards cast: 284 Absentee by mail: 1; Absentee in person: 3 SPLOST Vote: Yes- 156 No- 127 Druid Hills High School: 16.44 percent Reg. voters: 2,250; Cards cast: 370 Absentee by mail: 3; Absentee in person: 7 SPLOST Vote: Yes- 292 No- 78 Emory Road, Emory Presbyterian Church: 9.42 percent Reg. voters: 924; Cards cast: 87 Absentee by mail: 4; Absentee in person: 0 SPLOST Vote: Yes- 61 No- 24 Emory South, Atlanta Metropolitan Church: 18.24 percent Reg. voters: 2735; Cards cast: …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
According to an opinion piece in The New York Times, 31 countries have laws requiring citizens to participate in elections. Could that be the solution to low turnout here?
Off year elections without statewide or presidential races tend to draw less than 20 percent of registered voters in Georgia, according to reports. In 2009, 14 percent of registered voters in the state made it out to the polls. In 2010, 52 percent of voters statewide turned out to vote in the gubernatorial election. Contrast that with the 90 percent or more who participate in Australia's elections, according to an article in Sunday's New York Times by William A. Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "Our low turnout rate pushes American politics toward increased polarization," Galston writes. His proposed solution? Have the U.S. join 31 nations, including Australia, in adopting mandatory voting laws. What do you think of …
Monday, November 7, 2011
What's on the ballot for Tuesday
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday is Election Day. When the polls open at 7 a.m., do you know what you'll be voting for? While it's an off-year — we won't have a presidential election until 2012 – there are a couple of issues important to residents of Midtown Patch. Both DeKalb and City of Atlanta voters will decide whether to renew the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST. The money will go toward construction projects that include a new Midtown middle school, reconstruction at Mary Lin and Springdale Park and complete renovation of Fernbank Elementary. The second is whether or not Atlanta should allow Sunday package sales of alcohol. Not sure if you're registered to vote? Check in on the Georgia Secretary of State's web page. You'll also find the …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Special sales tax for school renovation dates back to 1997
When DeKalb County residents hit the polls in November, voters will decide whether to approve a special purpose local option sales tax for DeKalb County schools — known among educators as SLPOST. This penny sales tax has funded thousands of projects for public schools since 1997, including roughly 22 new schools in DeKalb and hundreds of major renovations to schools around the county. This round of the sales tax — known as SLPOST IV — would collect roughly $475 million from taxpayers between 2012 and 2017 and would pay to replace and redesign Fernbank Elementary School among hundreds of other projects. The replacement of the historic Druid Hills school would cost about $20 million, according to a school district spokesperson. Roughly $144 …
Monday, October 17, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, October 17, 2011.
Enter Our Spooky Halloween Contest! Details On Your Local Patch! Early Voting Opens For Nov. 8 Election. Fulton County Early Voting Begins Today. Decatur, DeKalb May Form Land Bank. Tucker Parent Council To Discuss SPLOST IV At October Meeting. AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run. Eighth Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival Draws Thousands.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Take the poll and share your thoughts on the issue
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Patch Staff
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In just under a month, voters will flock to the polls to decide if they will authorize the city council to allow and regulate Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor. How will you vote?
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Councilman Alex Wan votes for it
Atlanta residents will get the chance to have their say on Sunday alcohol sales this November. The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday voted 9-2 for the measure, which lets voters decide if they will authorize the city council to allow and regulate Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor. The question — Ordinance #11-O-1169 — will be placed on the Nov. 8, 2011 City of Atlanta Special Election ballot. That ballot also would include the referendum to continue the extension of the the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools and to fill the vacant Atlanta Board of Education District 2 seat. Councilman Alex Wan, who represents the neighborhoods that comprise Virginia-Highland-Druid Hills Patch, voted in favor of the measure. Natalyn Archibong, …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The top headlines of the week for August 29-September 2, 2011.
Qualifying Begins, Ends for Local Elections. Qualifying Closes in Smyrna. Candidates Begin Filing for Dunwoody City Election. Legislature Complete Reapportionment. Citizens Committee Upset By Cuts. Electric Car Charging Station Opens at Atlantic Station. 'Atlanta Nine' Members Honored. Ludacris Talks to Tech Students. Sumatran Tiger Cubs Make Their Media Debut.