Sunday Solutions – Nov. 27, 2022
You may think you are finished with Thanksgiving leftovers, but we’ve all got one large, foil-covered container warming on the stove: The runoff for Georgia’s US Senate seat. Early voting is now open, so get a ballot and let’s stick a fork in this election. We’ve also got a few new side dishes for you. Grab a plate.
The appeal of voting early
As we all know, the quickest way to get someone motivated to do almost anything is to tell them they can’t do it. By late Saturday, 1,808 Chatham County citizens had voted in advance for the US runoff election. Nearly 50 people were in line at the 5 p.m. closing time. They were allowed to vote, but a couple who arrived at 5:02 p.m. will have to come back today. The doors were open on Saturday because the Georgia Supreme Court stopped the train of lawsuits and appeals from the past week that challenged opening the polls on Saturday, despite a shortened window for the runoff election.
While the Secretary of State bowed out after the Court of Appeals affirmed the state court ruling that Georgians should be able to vote as soon as possible in a runoff, the Georgia Republican Party, the Republican National Senate Committee and the Republican National Committee stayed in the fight and appealed early Tuesday to the state Supreme Court. By lunchtime that day, nearly 700 people had already voted in Douglas County where the elections board opened for early voting. For some, public perception of the process shifted from seeing officials who were trying to enforce one reading of state law to watching political operatives who were trying to stop people from voting at a more convenient time. But people weren’t having any of it. More than a dozen counties had announced Saturday and/or Sunday voting plans and by Saturday night, 81,000 had voted early. At least two counties had matched more than 16% of their November early voting totals; 11 counties had reached more than 10%. (You can look at all the activity here at Georgiavotes.com.) Nearly 2 dozen counties allowed Saturday voting and some are open today, including 2 locations in Chatham. One note: Not all counties have made it easy to find out when or where they are open for voting. Be sure to call and check with your county. Here’s a list of Coastal Georgia county information schedules, posts, phone numbers.
- Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state abortion law: But, it’s not finished yet. Abortion providers are in limbo as they wait for the court to look at the complaints, briefs and how the earlier ruling stacks up to the state constitution. The main question: If the legislature passes a bill that it knows, at the time, is literally unconstitutional under federal law, can it still be a law?
- Georgia’s on-again, off-again abortion restrictions create doubt for future of fertility treatments: Does the wording in the law protect the in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for couples who want children but have to go the extra miles? No one’s really sure, so doctors and families are in a very tough spot. Georgia Recorder has a look at how differing perspectives view IVF under the law and the problems that arise in applying it.
- Can anyone bring home the Libertarian spoiler vote? It’s a toss-up, say experts. More than 81,000 voted for US Senate candidate Chase Oliver, who force a runoff by keeping either Herschel Walker or Raphael Warnock from getting more than 50% of the vote. The former candidates for Libertarian offices say they’d like to have more specifics before they can decide to vote at all in the runoff.
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Your second cup: Influencer Christmas
Social media is where 58% of us found Christmas gift-buying ideas last year, and the number is bigger this year. And if you are younger than 25, 87% of you are likely relying on “influencers” — people paid to recommend or demonstrate a product online — to help you select and purchase. Influencers and product placement have been around in some form forever, but online they are everywhere and it’s not always obvious who gets paid to push a product. Cultivating good reviews and recommendations from influencers is a solid retail strategy now, so make sure you know who’s touting a product and why. And the same goes for your news: Here’s another Pew survey that breaks down where and how younger Americans get their news — and which ones they trust.
Supreme Court justices unanimously denied the petition from the Georgia Republican Party, the Republican National Senate Committee and the Republican National Committee that argued that it is illegal for counties to offer early voting on Saturday, Nov. 26 since it falls two days after Thanksgiving and one day after a state holiday.
On Monday evening the appeals court blocked the state’s emergency motion to nullify a Fulton County judge’s order giving Georgia counties the option to open early voting sites on Saturday, Nov. 26, which falls two days after Thanksgiving and one day after a state holiday previously named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Resources to help Coastal Georgia voters make informed decisions. Page includes links to our nonpartisan election reporting and access to tools that voters can use to conduct your own research.
A one-page ruling from the court Wednesday forced abortion providers to send patients home without treatment. The legal question hinges on the state’s ability to pass laws that are invalid at the time the Legislature approves them.
Georgia’s abortion law defines an unborn child as “a member of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb.” The fertilized eggs used in IVF are stored outside the body, which would seem to exempt them, but experts say inexact language might not protect patients.
Those 81,278 Georgians could sway the pivotal Senate race, but there are doubts among experts whether those voters who chose a Libertarian in Round 1 will even show up for the Dec. 6 runoff for Round 2.
Chatham County has added a Sunday to the early voting days before the Dec. 6 runoff for Georgia’s US Senate seat. The state only mandates 5 weekdays before the election.
Georgia law protects working poor from some predatory loans. But title lenders like TitleMax get away with charging triple-digit interest rates. Here’s how.
A complaint filed Tuesday in federal district court idetails how PDC member Tim Echols blocked candidate for his post from his Twitter, Facebook feeds after she tweeted criticism of Echols’ failed attempt to pass any of about a dozen changes to Georgia Power’s long-term plan.
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