Rumors are flying around about the reasons behind the lateness of election results for District 3 and District 5 in the Statesboro City Council elections were released Tuesday night. The truth, as usual, is rather mundane.
The Statesboro Citizens for Good Government decided Wednesday to withdraw its 909 voter challenges holding up the final results in two City Council races. A total of 297 challenged voters actually cast ballots during early voting and on Election Day – Nov. 6.
An attorney representing the Statesboro Citizens for Good Government requested county officials to hold off scheduling hearings for challenges to voter registrations as the group considers dropping the objections altogether.
Now that the city election is over, county officials need to decide what they are going to do with the 909 voter challenges filed by the Statesboro Citizens for Good Government two weeks ago. Specifically, they'll need to determine what to do with the 93 challenged votes cast in District 5, which will ultimately determine the outcome of the race.
Bulloch County officials hope to have a schedule of hearings by Monday for voters challenged by the Statesboro Citizens for Good Government in the Statesboro City Council elections. Since the race in District 5 is still undecided, the 93 challenged electors in that district will be the first to be heard, officials said.
Election Day is finally here in Statesboro with both candidates and election officials expressing relief the long campaign process soon will end. City Election Supervisor Judy McCorkle said the city and poll workers are ready to go.
Tuesday is Election Day and it's the last chance to cast a ballot in one of the three district races for the Statesboro City Council. In one of the most contentious races in city history, the outcome of each district may well depend on which candidate's supporters come out to vote Tuesday.
Early voting finished up Friday with 926 voters coming out and casting ballots during the week. Out of a total of 7,912 registered voters, that amounts to 11.7 percent of eligible voters.
It may be obvious to call the Statesboro City Council elections contentious as Election Day looms on Tuesday – some might say this year's contest will go down as the most contentious in city history – but it also has been a fascinating study in small town politics.
During the second day of early voting for the Statesboro City Council, 216 individuals came out to cast their ballots - up from the 180 cast on day one. City Election Superintendent Judy McCorkle said there was a steady flow of voters all day.
During early voting for the Statesboro City Council on Thursday, 132 individuals came out to cast their ballots – the lightest turnout for the week so far. As in days past, the morning traffic was light with the afternoon picking up as the voter shuttles, picking up students in front of Retreiver's Bar And Grill, dropped off electors by the van load.
Though the District 3 race is still undecided, in reality, it is nearly over.
After hours of waiting for results Tuesday night, Travis Chance and John Morris will have to wait a little longer. Morris held a slight edge of 363 votes to Chance's 328, but 93 votes are being challenged in District 5. Six voters cast provisional ballots. "A little disappointed that we didn't get more turnout to the polls," said Morris, 43, the incumbent. "I guess we'll just see ...
Many Georgia Southern students feel disenfranchised and isolated from the Statesboro community, according to several students at the university.
Over 200 people showed up to hear the city council candidates talk about the issues, at an event sponsored by the GSU Student Government Association and held at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building. The crowd