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Obama again wins Douglas County; Worthan, Cowan narrowly win re-election; Sunday sales approved
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November 06, 2012 09:16 AM | 4462 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kenneth Jake Weatherington casts his vote at the Stewart Middle School precinct in Douglasville today.
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A majority of Douglas County voters chose President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney today, despite Romney overwhelmingly winning statewide.

They also gave narrow victories to Republican incumbents Tom Worthan in the county chairman race, and Todd Cowan in the tax commissioner race.

Voters also approved Sunday liquor sales referendums in both Douglasville and unincorporated Douglas County, and overwhelmingly approved the charter school amendment to the state constitution.

Obama won 51 percent of the vote in Douglas County -- a county he also won in 2008.

Worthan received 52 percent of the vote, beating challenger Romona Jackson Jones by 1,700 votes out of 53,000 cast.

Cowan won by a similar percentage.

However, incumbent Sheriff Phil Miller had an easier race, winning 56 percennt of the vote to defeat challenger Derrick Broughton.

Douglas voters chose Sunday sales by retailers 63 percent to 37 percent. They chose Sunday alcohol sales by the drink by the same percentage.

More than 74 percent of the county's 74,000 registered voters turned out for the election.

Early in the day, heavy early morning rain did not deter voters from their civic duty in the western portion of Douglas County.

According to poll manager Angie Henry, 100 voters cast their ballots in the first 30 minutes at the Ephesus Baptist Church precinct.

Operating like a well-oiled machine, voters at Ephesus Baptist Church were generally in and out of the polling place with about a 25-minute wait, according to one voter.

Twenty voters were waiting for the polls to open when workers arrived at 6 a.m., Henry said.

“This is an excellent turnout for a day like this,” she said. “It is going really well. This is a really good precinct.”

There are 3,420 registered voters at the Ephesus Baptist Church precinct, said Henry.

Resident Bill Messer said that he was in line despite the heavy rainfall to “do my civic duty.” He admitted that he could have cast his ballot in early voting, but he enjoys voting in home precinct.

“I love these women here,” Messer said. “They do a fabulous job here. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to come here and vote.”

Susan Jones said she had been voting in the same precinct for 10 years.

She came out despite the weather “just because our forefathers fought for our right to vote.”

Jo Lewis has been a volunteer poll worker for five years.

The 36-year community resident said that she volunteers “because I believe so strongly in the process and just want to do all I can so everyone can get in here to vote as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Polls will be open at all voting sites until 7 p.m. tonight.

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Helen and Sammy
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January 19, 2013
I moved from my home state of Hawai'i last year to fessclDouglas County. Moving from a decidedly blue state to a red state was quite a shock.

But I campaigned heavily in Douglas County with my service dog Sammy. (Sammy is a cute gold-red English Cocker Spaniel who is ALWAYS wagging his tail! He absolutely loves people.) I dislike going from door-to-door or calling folks on the phone...terrible intrusion of privacy. So I just walked through Arbor Mall and the Douglasville Walmart EVERY day. I bought over 500 Obama/Biden 2012 campaign buttons from Democratic headquarters and would wear 5 or 6 buttons on my shirt or coat and my service dog wore his "BO 2012" button with a picture of Obama's Portuguese water dog on the button. Georgia people love dogs...so I would be stopped by just about everyone to talk about Sammy. I know that you can't pet most service dogs but Sammy is quite the multi-tasker. During the conversation I would bring up the upcoming county, state, and federal elections. I didn't push but what I did say was "Know your candidate and what they stand for and be sure to VOTE! Voting is SO important!" I would give away a campaign button to anyone who wanted one.

Also it was a great way to talk to people about disabilities and service dogs...The kids were wonderful...and I met so many wonderful people. I remember telling one very prim, VERY well dressed older caucasian couple that they could pet my service dog ONLY if they would vote for Obama...The woman actually let out a little shriek and pulled her hand away quickly. I just smiled and said "Hey I was just kidding! You can pet him!" The guy went ahead and petted my Sammy and we talked about hunting birds as Sammy is also a great bird dog.

But I will always remember that look on her face of pure panic. So sad to see such "knee-jerk" reaction to our 44th president. But I did answer questions about "Obamacare" and most people agreed with the tenets of the Affordable Care Act, Equal Pay for women for equal work, getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan and NOT starting another war. I think that just about every person who was for Republican candidates was surprised that they actually agreed with Obama's policies. I suggested that maybe it was better to read more books and moderate newspapers than relying on Rush Limbaugh or Fox News.

It was a superb experience and I have an invitation to the inauguration on Monday. I have a friend who is involved with the President's secret service. He said that the Service has received more than 1000% MORE threats on Obama's life than ever before. Mostly all from self-described white supremacy groups. What has happened to our country that the government is even considering NOT holding the inauguration as they don't know id they can protect our 44th president.

I am so very embarrassed to be white these days.

One very interesting thing I noticed: Every African-American or Latino family or person I talked with immediately recognized the president's dog Bo. Not even ONE Caucasian person even knew who Bo was! Wow!
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