Statesboro student voter registrations challenged

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by gsusnake, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    http://www.statesboroherald.com/news/article/6288/

    Four Statesboro residents filed petitions Monday challenging the veracity of hundreds of newly submitted voter registration applications – specifically targeting the registrations of new Georgia Southern University students who plan to vote in the Nov. 6 City Council election.
    Calling themselves Statesboro Citizens for Good Government, the four brought their petitions to the Bulloch County Voter Registrar office to legally challenge the registrations of around 840 new voters.
    Nancy Waters, one of the four who filed the petitions, explained how registrations were selected for challenges.
    "We are looking at residency requirements," Waters said. "Basically, it would be people who had never voted before and had registered for this recent election, who had just come to Statesboro."
    Perhaps as many as 2,500 new voters have registered in Statesboro since Aug. 1. About 85 percent are between 18 and 24 years old and are Georgia Southern students. The massive surge in registration, which ended Oct. 9, was led by the College Student Association and candidates upset with the current leadership in City Hall.
    Other individuals who signed challenge petitions were identified as Sarah Hines, Karen Lavender, and Richard Coston.
    According to the Official Code of Georgia, "any elector of a county...may challenge the qualifications of any person applying to register to vote in the county...and may challenge the qualifications of any elector of a county...whose name appears on the list of electors."
    Shontay Jones, deputy registrar for Bulloch County, said the burden of proof is on the elector making the challenge.
    "They must prove that the person receiving the challenge is not qualified to remain on the [elector] list," said Jones, quoting the Georgia Election Code.
    Jones added the registrar's office is in consultation with the county attorney to determine the best course of action for the potential of hundreds of hearings necessary before anyone is removed from the rolls – a process that could extend into December.
    Incumbent council member John Morris, who is running against Travis Chance in District 5, said the group did not seek input from him. However, he said they did alert him to their actions after they dropped off the challenges. He said he was concerned that students could possibly affect their parents’ income tax returns.
    "I want everyone who votes to be a legal resident and I want to make sure that these students aren't getting into some type of trouble," said Morris. "I want to make sure they're doing the right thing and not doing anything that would get them in trouble later."
    Will Britt, the incumbent council member who is opposed by Harry Propes in District 3, was very upset with the voter challenges.
    "I'll be asking for [Nancy Water's] resignation from the Alcohol Control Board at the next city council meeting," said Britt. "I believe being on a board that's appointed by the city council – this is not a proper action to take. I believe that when we appoint someone to a [city] board that they should remain politically neutral."
    Waters defended the large volume of voter challenges filed with the registrar.
    "It is not our desire to deny anyone the right to vote and participate in government," Waters said. "However, we are concerned that young students who just came to Statesboro, who were registered in this massive registration drive out at GSU, were misled about the City of Statesboro and how it operates.
    "The ads that have been in the paper, the flyers that were put out in restaurants that promoted the registration drives under the names of only three candidates," said Waters. "We felt that the special interest group had focused on only a few issues of city government and that these were not even presented in a truthful manner."
    She said that parking and towing affect only a small number of students and that every ad put out has alcohol at the top and that the city is all about punishment and not safety.
    Waters said, "It was all about safety for those young women, many of whom were not of legal age to drink. It was not about punishment, but that's how it's being presented to these new students in Statesboro."
    The College Student Association, which has run a number of ads supporting Councilman Britt and challengers Queen and Travis Chance, has circulated flyers at campus establishments near the university. Among other issues, the flyers urge students to get out and vote in order to allow parking in yards, drink specials, Sunday alcohol sales and more than two drinks at a time.
    Britt said that he believes the main leaders behind the citizens group are Nancy Waters and Sarah Hines.
    "Two older bitter women – you can damn sure quote me on that," Britt said. "For some reason, there's a political agenda with these two and I don't understand it. It's very personal. [Nancy] is for the prohibition of alcohol and [the alcohol board] is for the regulation of alcohol. So, she does not need to be on the board."
     
  2. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    This all stems from the "Date Rape Night" controversy a couple years ago.

    A professor was disturbed because a local nightclub had "Ladies Lockup" on Thursday nights. The club opened at 8:00 with no cover for women only, closed and locked the doors for three hours, and fed the girls free drinks. They then reopened at 11 for men to come in at a higher cover.

    The nightclub in question is owned by City Councilman Will Britt, who is quoted above.



    The controversy and fallout from this led to serious restrictions on alcohol sales in Statesboro. No more happy hour, no drink specials, nothing.




    The reason this is all a problem now is that the existing members of the city council (like Ms. Hines, the head of the Alcohol Control Board, which is appointed by the council) are worried that students are going to vote JUST so they can vote for looser alcohol restrictions.

    The "locals" don't want students who "aren't part of the community" to be able to have a voice because we're going to change their ways. These people need to realize that if we weren't here, there wouldn't BE a community.
     

  3. legacy38

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    It's fairly common for local governments to want to get the financial windfall of incoming college students and then complain and pass ordinances targeting them. If you follow the news in most college towns you will see the trend.

    I was very active in SGA at VSU and served a term as SGA Senate President. We pushed voter registration in general, but as my time in Valdosta was winding down, some of us began to push the idea of registering to vote in Valdosta, particularly for dorm students, so that students could become the swing vote in at least one district of the city council. The move fizzled out after I graduated and left town, but I'd love to see a group get it going again.

    What the article above shows is that the Statesboro locals are very frightened of an organized student movement.
     
  4. jeepsterwannabe

    jeepsterwannabe New Member

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    GSUsnake, Got anymore history on Will Britt ?




    Growing up around GCSU in milledgeville makes me support tougher alcohol restrictions, college students are idiots around alcohol it seems
     
  5. merlock

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    I don't agree. Penalize *everyone* for the idiocy of the few? A couple of years ago, a single GI at Robins AFB literally drank himself to death in his dormitory room. He was not 21, so he obtained the booze illegally. So, rather than attack any causes, the intelligent command staff decreed that there will be no alcohol in the dormitories, period. So now, a single airman, who can *legally* buy alcohol, that gets off duty has to go to the club just to have a fracking beer.
    :bsflag:
    Be careful, because our opponents think this way as well: Ban Glocks because that Cho moron shot up VT with them.
     
  6. jeepsterwannabe

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    i still dont see a problem with jumping through hoops to drink, smokers put up with all kinds of new legislation/rules/policies why cant drinkers?
     
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  8. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Drinkers (ISS excepted) don't usually fill the air with floating liquor.
     
  9. jeepsterwannabe

    jeepsterwannabe New Member

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    Budder, when an intoxicated person opens their mouth in public there is no form of protection against the stupidity that fills the air


    ISS ? In School Suspension?


    I am not against a persons freedom to consume horse piss/alcohol, I dont drink or smoke because its my freedom to choose not to. go home and drink yourself stupid, i wont care. in public, intoxicated persons are not able to control themselves it seems. someone said i shouldnt penalize everyone for the idiocy of a few, but it really is the other way around, the few will be punished for the idiocy of a majority. done
     
  10. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    International Space Station! :D
     
  11. jeepsterwannabe

    jeepsterwannabe New Member

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    does that really exist?
     
  12. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Nearly a decade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISS
     
  13. budder

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  14. jeepsterwannabe

    jeepsterwannabe New Member

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    Sorry, sometimes the conspiracy theorist side of me is a little strong in front of the keyboard. to quote a wiseman "space may be the final frontier, but its made in a hollywood basement" :wink:


    back to the thread,

    I really would like to know more about Will Britt, I know about his mischief in Milledgeville.
     
  15. ptsmith24

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    What kinda Milledgeville mischief?