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Why You Need to Party Hop NOW!

Georgia may be a conservative state, but that does not mean it does everything the "old fashioned" way.   Let's just take today, for example.  Today is the primary election for many important offices throughout the county of DeKalb.

And, even though you might normally think of a primary election as the time when each political party gathers their registered voters together to vote for the best potential candidates to square off against one another in a general election, that isn't how we do things here in Georgia.  Nope.

Don't ask us why because that would require someone to do some more research on that topic and currently our research department is a bit understaffed and over-committed.  So, let's just skip the "why" part and jump right into the good stuff....


So, you are probably wondering what all this non-traditional rule bending might mean for you, the DeKalb County voter who lives somewhere near what is currently or what was formerly known as "Tucker," right?  Well, actually, it could mean a lot, if you know the answer that you are going to give TODAY when you go to your NORMAL POLLING LOCATION and they ask you this question...


Don't let this very odd and somewhat intimidating question stump you.  If you live in Tucker, or really anywhere in DeKalb County, GA, your answer should be:


Now, don't get all huffy on us.  Keep reading just a little bit longer, please.  You might not consider yourself to be a Democrat and that's okay.  But, for TODAY, MAY 24, 2016 when you SHOW UP to VOTE, you will want to ask for the DEMOCRATIC BALLOT NO MATTER WHAT.  

Don't worry, you will not be kicked out of any clubs or suddenly get moved to a different tax bracket.  You might be called for Jury Duty, but that's regardless of which ballot you choose.  What you will get is an opportunity to actually VOTE on the issues and CANDIDATES in  your own community. 

The election may be called a PRIMARY, but for MANY, MANY RACES , THE PRIMARY IS THE ONLY VOTE THAT COUNTS!  

Therefore, if you do not speak up by voting in this PRIMARY on a DEMOCRATIC ballot,  you will essentially be one of those folks whom you may normally complain about because they don't show up at all! 

WRONG ANSWER:   If you ask for a NON-PARTISAN ballot, your vote will not really count for very much because you will have NO VOICE in any of the MAJOR  RACES taking place TODAY!  You will get a few fluff questions that don't have any long term or binding impact on ANYTHING.   DO NOT ask for a Non-Partisan ballot, no matter how non-partisan you may feel today.  You need to be a Democrat, just for today!

WRONG ANSWER:  If you ask for a REPUBLICAN ballot, you will get a few random opportunities to vote for people who don't have anyone running against them anyway and therefore they will move on to the General Election with or without you.   You can even vote for them in the General Election later, if you want to, but they don't need your vote TODAY.   The "Other" candidates in the REALLY IMPORTANT RACES need you to chime in on their behalf today.   You  need to be a Democrat, just for today!

If you are wondering which races and which people we are talking about, just go to this link:  for your own voter-specific SAMPLE BALLOT.  You can find out what each ballot would look like for you, specifically, if you were to ask for it.

But, just to make sure you are on board, just take a look at ALL THE EXAMPLES we have placed all over this page!  

ALL of these races will be decided ONLY by those who ask for the Democratic ballot 

And the winners of these races will not face any serious competition in the General Election.  Most of them, in fact, will not face ANY competition AT ALL in the General Election because the party that would normally oppose them in these races has not put forth ANY candidates!  That's how little hope they have of their party being able to win in that particular part of the county.  They won't even  pick a contender to go up against the incumbent, even if the incumbent is someone they have complained about incessantly.   They have no options for you, the voter, so you need to cast your vote TODAY in this primary, or be silent for another few  years until you are given this chance again.

So, that's why we're telling you that in Georgia, the PRIMARY election sometimes turns out to be the ONLY ELECTION that truly counts.  

And when you live in "Democratic DeKalb" and you are tired of seeing the same people elected over and over, and then watch them steal more of your money, misuse and abuse more of your trust, waste money and generally not care or even show up when you need them ... it is time to party hop, if only for a day!   You can do it! 

Now, let's get out there and vote!  Polls are open until 7 p.m. for all registered voters countywide.  And, in case you want to know, Save Tucker! suggests the following candidates for the above listed races:

  • SHERRY BOSTON for District Attorney  

  • STEVE BRADSHAW for County Commissioner in District 4

  • MIKE THURMOND for CEO of DeKalb County

  • JEFFREY MANN for Sheriff

  • KATHIE GANNON for County Commissioner in District 6

  • SUSANNAH SCOTT for Tax Commissioner


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