Skip to main content

Peach Pundit Website, Linked to Tucker 2015, Refuses to Return Voter Data Disk

According to ABC News, an audit will be conducted to review the voter files and data in the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

Save Tucker! notes that the website in questions is also connected with the consulting firm said to have worked with the Tucker 2015 group in securing their recent victory in the cityhood referendum.  Read the admission at the end of the article, "Lavista Hills: Doomed from the Start" by Mike Hassinger:  here

The company Apache Consulting worked on the Tucker campaign, but the owner says he lives and works in the Lavista Hills proposed city limits. The Peach Pundit reported that it "threw away" the disk that had the voter data on it, which they had received sometime in October, prior to the city vote for both Tucker and Lavista Hills. 

 Georgia to Hire Auditing Firm After Voters' Data Released
ATLANTA — Nov 20, 2015, 8:41 PM ET ( By Kathleen Foody, Associated Press )

Georgia's secretary of state said Friday that he will hire auditing firm Ernst & Young to review the entire office, days after a lawsuit revealed that news media and political parties had received the Social Security numbers and other personal information about Georgia's 6 million voters. Secretary of State Brian Kemp made the announcement in a statement that also provided more detail about how the release occurred while reiterating his confidence that voters' information is secure.

"Human error led to this information being shared with media and political parties," Kemp said. "All 12 discs have been recovered or confirmed they were destroyed by the recipients. I am confident that all voter information is secure and safe."

Kemp issued a required legal notice on the agency's website on Thursday that included fraud prevention tips. The state didn't offer to pay for credit monitoring or other steps to prevent identity theft, however, as Georgia Democrats and cyber-security experts continued to question whether voters' information remains secure.

"They didn't even get all the physical copies," said Rep. David Wilkerson of Powder Springs. "They're counting on people saying they didn't use or download them."

Kemp spokesman David Dove said earlier Friday that nine of the 12 discs containing the personal information were returned to the agency. One recipient, publisher of political blog Clayton Wagar, gave a signed statement to an investigator saying he had thrown away the October disc before being asked to return it. Dove said investigators "are in the process of getting signed statements" from two other recipients. 

Kemp said Friday that all 12 recipients "acted responsibly" and voters' information is safe. Dove added that neither the Republican nor Democratic party in Georgia saved, shared, or uploaded the file to their parties' national databases. He said investigators with the agency are "gathering signed statements" from the other nine recipients.

 "Our first priority was securing the discs, and then we wanted to alert everyone in accordance with the law to get that information out there," he said. "We're working day and night."

Rep. Scott Holcomb, an Atlanta Democrat, called on Kemp's office to publish the signed statements, adding that he's "astonished at the delay."

"The public has a right to see these documents since the Secretary of State used these attestations as the basis for his announcement that all data has been secured," Holcomb said.


Read the Secretary of State's online statement here. 

If voters have questions, a hotline has been set up:  404.654.6045.

Popular posts from this blog

Welcome to Smoke Rise, Soon to be Tucker, GA

The driving force behind the city of Tucker has been the leadership within the community known as "Smoke Rise, GA."  Smoke Rise residents currently have addresses that say "Stone Mountain, GA" and many of them worked hard in order to create a separate identity for themselves, petitioning the U.S. Post Office to change their official name to "Smoke Rise."  While the Post Office did not agree to change the official name, they did agree to allow "Smoke Rise" as a recognized alternative to "Stone Mountain" that could be used interchangeably as long as it accompanied their 30087 zip code.

It is important to note that these residents did not ask the Post Office to recognize their use of "Tucker" as an acceptable alternative.  They asked to be called "Smoke Rise."

It appears that zip codes and address labels are important to them, just as our Tucker zip code is important to us.  And, while we do understand that Smoke Rise…

Tucker Township? A Vision or a Pipe Dream?

Who drew this map?  We are not really sure.  We stumbled upon it recently while looking for Tucker election results. We do, however, think this map, called "Tucker Township" actually shows a good compromise between Tucker and Lavista Hills that could have worked well for everyone.   It offers a great way to share the Northlake area commercial tax revenue.  So, why didn't anyone suggest something like this  prior to putting forth competing bills in the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions?  And, why is Tucker's city still being allowed to move forward when it has been called "unconstitutional" by even the legislators who supported it?
Limited services government in the form of a new city is something that the Georgia constitution does not allow, apparently.  But, unless citizens decide to fight the creation of Tucker or Peachtree Corners, two of such limited cities are going to continue operating until someone tells them that they cannot.  
Save Tucker…

Tucker Behaving Badly

Newly elected Tucker Mayor Frank Auman (center) and four council-members were sworn in to their positions on March 8 at Tucker High School.  The council members represented exactly 2 of the 3 districts.  Despite the fact that they were not bound by any particular charter requirement to do so, they decided to move forward without the conclusion of District 2's election, which was held over by the need for a runoff.

When met with objections, they promptly began holding meetings anyway.  And they hired staff members, specifically lawyers, more specifically lawyers who are experts in election laws and understanding the charter. 

The seats for District 2 were decided in a runoff election March 29. And April 1, the results were deemed finalized by the Elections Supervisor in DeKalb County.  A separate swearing in ceremony was held at Tucker Recreation Center for them.

When Auman was elected mayor, he said his first goal is to build a foundation for the city.
“We have to get the rev…