WHEREAS, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has set federal election dates in June, August and November, 2014 to comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986 (UOCAVA);
WHEREAS, under current Georgia law, elections for state officials, Mayor and Council, and other local referenda are set for July, 2014 (primary) and November, 2014;
WHEREAS, such a dual calendar for state and federal elections poses administrative issues for election officials and significant increased costs to Muscogee County taxpayers;
WHEREAS, under such a dual election calendar, Muscogee County taxpayers could be forced to spend between $80,000 and $120,000 for each additional election, including dual primary elections and dual general election runoffs;
WHEREAS, such a dual election calendar system would contribute to significant increased voter confusion about state and federal candidates, election of local candidates and other local issues;
WHEREAS, this Council desires that the local legislative delegation introduce general legislation at the 2014 Session of the Georgia General Assembly to allow a merged election calendar for federal and state elections which will reduce the burden of payment by Muscogee County taxpayers for such elections.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:
We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation introduce general legislation at the 2014 Session of the Georgia General Assembly to allow a merged election calendar for federal and state elections which will comply with the Order of the U.S. District Court and which will reduce the burden of payment by Muscogee County taxpayers for such elections. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded to each member of the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly and to Ms. Nancy Boren.
Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 13
day of August, 2013 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.
Councilor Allen voting________________.
Councilor Baker voting________________.
Councilor Barnes voting_______________.
Councilor Davis voting________________.
Councilor Henderson voting____________.
Councilor Huff voting_________________.
Councilor McDaniel voting_____________.
Councilor Pugh voting_________________.
Councilor Thomas voting_______________.
Councilor Woodson voting______________.
TINY B. WASHINGTON TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON