No, absentee ballots in Georgia can’t be changed after mailing, but…

Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe heads to cast an absentee ballot inside City Hall in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday. She said she would be out of town on Nov. 8, Election Day. Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP
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Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe heads to cast an absentee ballot inside City Hall in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday. She said she would be out of town on Nov. 8, Election Day. Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Never mind soccer moms, millennials or the blue-collar vote. Donald Trump is targeting the buyer’s remorse crowd. From Fox News:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spent Tuesday night at a campaign stop in Wisconsin encouraging voters who filed early-absentee ballots for Hillary Clinton to change their votes to support him.logo-all

Trump highlighted the developments since Friday’s announcement from the FBI that it would revisit the Clinton email probe while speaking to a crowd in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

…In Wisconsin, voters can change their minds up to three times, but the deadline for doing so is Thursday.

A Trump operative in Pennsylvania touted a similar line via Twitter, directing voters to phone in their change of mind. Which can’t be done, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. From Pennlive.com:

Wanda Murren, the department’s press secretary, said Pa. absentee voters can’t change their ballots by calling the department.

 

To change their votes, Murren said, absentees instead have to appear in person on Election Day, Nov. 8, and vote.

 

“And that will void the absentee ballot,” she said.

And what’s the case in Georgia? We put in an early morning text to David Dove, chief of staff for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’s in charge of Tuesday’s election. The reply:

“A voter cannot change their vote after an absentee ballot has been mailed in.

 

“However, a voter who has requested an absentee ballot can still vote in person if they either surrender the absentee ballot or request to have it canceled when they check in at the polls.”

Dove also said Georgia voters can click here to track the status of their absentee ballots after they’ve been cast.

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With six days to go before we know whether he has dragged Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson into a nine-week runoff, Jim Barksdale, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is playing the privatized Social Security card:

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Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News has a piece examining whether Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has violated the law by routinely riding with his blue lights and screeching sirens.  From Geary’s story:

In late September, Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Reed both attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mercedes Benz headquarters in Sandy Springs. Deal arrived with no lights or sirens, and stopped at a red light. Reed arrived 18 minutes later — with blue lights and sirens and five minutes after the start of the 10 a.m. event.

 

Deal said he does not use emergency signals to get to his appointments.

 

“We rarely ever have to use our lights,” Deal said. “I can’t remember when we last used it.”

 

Lt. Col. David Herring with the Georgia State Patrol, the head of Deal’s security detail, said he would only turn on emergency lights or sirens in the case of a natural disaster, riot or other emergency.

 

“It is not our protocol to do that,” said Herring. “There is no special privilege to utilize the emergency vehicles to get from meeting to meeting. It would have to be an emergency.”

Deal’s former spokesman Brian Robinson added this take:

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Libertarian Senate candidate Allen Buckley is out with his first television ad of the cycle.

The 30-second spot is narrated by Buckley’s campaign manager, Travis Klavohn, and touches on one of the three-time Senate candidate’s favorite talking points: that incumbent Johnny Isakson was given the same low score by the Conservative Review as liberal California Rep. Maxine Waters. Buckley confronted Isakson with the claim that he was insufficiently conservative during the Senate race’s only debate last month, which the Republican dismissed.

Buckley said the ad is running on Fox and NBC affiliates in Atlanta.

The Libertarian has run his campaign on a shoestring, relying on a band of loyal volunteers to get the word out. Federal campaign finance records indicate he only raised about $21,000 through the end of September. Buckley also loaned his campaign $30,000, according to those records.

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Speaking of the U.S. Senate race, Barksdale’s campaign on Tuesday touted the support of a trio of Augusta-area state assembly members: Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah; Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta; and Sen. Harold V. Jones II, D-Augusta.

 


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