3 GOP commissioners seek veto of Democrats’ elections board choice

A proposal to give the Fayette County Commission the power to deny either political party’s appointee to the county’s Board of Elections won approval on a 3-1 vote of the Fayette County Commission.

But it also got a lashing from Commissioner Eric Maxwell, who said the Democratic Party won’t take too kindly to giving the all-Republican commission the power to have a final say on the Democrats’ elections board representative.

The commission already directly appoints one representative to the three-person Board of Elections. Each of the other two members are appointed by the respective political parties.

The elections board oversees the implementation of local elections in Fayette County, working directly with county elections staff.

The proposal to require commission approval of the political parties’ Board of Elections candidates will be transmitted to the Fayette County state legislative delegation, as the change would require the amendment of local legislation.

However, the Fayette legislative delegation breaks down to three Republicans and four Democrats, so the likelihood of the GOP oversight becoming local legislation is far from certain.

“So the five Republicans will then be looking over the shoulder of the Democratic Party, saying whether we want to have that person or not,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell was critical of the proposal, saying it wouldn’t likely pass approval from the U.S. Justice Department. Furthermore, he questioned where the concept even originated, since it was not discussed in advance at a workshop meeting of the commission.

“I just can’t imagine the Justice Department or the Democratic Party putting up with that kind of nonsense to put Republicans in control of who their appointee is going to be,” Maxwell said.

Although no one ultimately explained where the idea originated or who brought it forth to put it on the agenda, the motion to approve the change was approved by commissioners Jack Smith, Robert Horgan and Herb Frady.

Maxwell voted against the motion, and Commissioner Lee Hearn, who was ill, was absent.

“I don’t remember this ever being studied, ever being brought up or ever being discussed,” Maxwell said, noting that some citizens have questioned the board’s lack of transparency on certain issues over the past several years.

“This is one that’s not transparent to me,” Maxwell said.

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Last minute board of commissioners actions make you wonder

Just imagine if Smith and Maxwell had been re-elected what they could have done to us.

The West Fayetteville Bypass is really bad, but this latest move is just the icing of arrogance on the cake of stupidity. It amazes me how the county commissioners seem to be mirroring the Obama administration's power grabbing.

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Wake Up, Doug

Two weeks ago it was about how Logsdon had approved all the big boxes and ruined PTC, despite none being built while he was Mayor. Now, Maxwell for once,gets it 100% right on an issue and you blame him for it, even though he adamantly opposed the action and voted against it?

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I'll give Maxwell a nod for this vote, but his West Fayetteville Bypass just keeps going on and on.

As for Logsdon and the big boxes, do you read the newspapers? The mayor approved a big fat one down on Hwy 74 across from the Publix. He also approved one on Hwy 54 and sold the developer the land to do it.

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ARGH!

Get it right! It is not the Democratic party .. it is the Democrat party!

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Re: ARGH!

Take a look at the party website.

Democratic is all over it.

Democratic Updates

Democratic Party of Facebook.

They use Democratic all over their own media.

If Democrats don't know who they are how should anyway else?

Is this a part of the change that matters?

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Democrat Party

Then why is there a Democratic National Committee?

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Two closely-aligned yet

Two closely-aligned yet separate organizations.

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I think this is great!

I think this is great! If Jack Smith and company are wasting time on nonsense such as this, it means that they will have less time before January 1 to do damage to Fayette County in other areas.

Maxwell is right on this one - it will never fly at the State level. I can't see our three Republican lawmakers backing this either.

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Major....

I agree. It's pretty darn awkward and I'm not sure how it could be explained with a "straight" face.

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Idiots

Seems these clowns’ just don't get it. Why do we continue to put people of this sort in office? Start taking notes so when it comes time to vote we remember stupidity at the helm. Repup's and Dem's are wasting our tax money. The Repup's in this case are trying to highjack the system while we sit and watch. .

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T-Man - Taking notes

Please take note that two of these clowns just got kicked out of office without even surviving their own primary. Did that slow them down? It seems that they are determined to accomplish as much of their agenda as possible in their lame duck time remaining. Kinda reminds us of whats happening in the U.S. House of Representatives right now doesn't it.

Theres a lot to be said for "vote the incumbents out", no matter what party they espouse.

"Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often - for the same reason".

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Noted Major, but look who is coming in

Sure 2 got voted out and that feels good until you start thinking about the 2 that got voted in. One has trouble paying taxes on time - plus he is an attorney; the other has track record and a personality that will leave us wanting Jack and Eric back. Maybe even wanting Greg and Linda back.

And we are getting close to the first meeting of the year where we will be treated to an exciting campaign for County Commission Chair. Frady and Brown both want it. Horgan is clearly the swing vote. He's part of the 3 that insist on keeping the idiotic bypass road, but he may have reasons to vote for Brown over Frady. We shall see.

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Morgan & Incoming Commissioners

Don't believe McCarty is an attorney.