Sen. Fran Millar

How ironic! Michele Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.

For the third time in recent months, Gov. Deal appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us who hoped he could help bring the county together.

First, he assembles a task force of 15 with no elected Republicans to review various aspects of county government. I called his hand and Rep. Jacobs and I were asked to serve on the group. This seems like a good idea since legislation will be required for many changes.

Second, he schedules meetings throughout the county with Tucker being the only north location. Again, I called his hand and several north locations were added with little publicity.

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea. What a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens. If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of church and state.

Interim CEO May says this election decision is an administrative matter and he can unilaterally make this decision. I don’t think this is necessarily true and we are investigating if there is any way to stop this action. This may also be another reason to eliminate the CEO position.

I have spoken with Rep. Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, “Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers.”

For this to be called a “non-partisan opportunity” by Interim CEO is an insult!

Another first for DeKalb. So much for being inclusive.

Sen. Fran Millar

770-490-0213

(2) comments

Dr Freudheimer

It seems to me that regardless of ones policital affiliation, as Americans we should be doing everything possible to get as many people to vote as possible. The false outcries over rampant voter fraud that has been part of the basis for some to restrict voting is shameful. If Fran Millar is sincerely interested in a representative election, instead of complaining about Sunday voting for parts of Dekalb County that may have a voting preference that does not match his, he should support more open voting in all areas. Then, whomever gets elected will be by the will of the electorate and not based on who was restricted from or overtly encouraged to vote.

jsmith

Dr. Freudheimer, If you read carefully, you'd know that Senator Millar's editorial is not simply critical of the extending of voting opportunities but also about CEO May's creation of a task force and scheduling of meetings without regard for those who reside in the northern portion of DeKalb County. Marginalizing voters is wrong, regardless of race or political party.

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