Gov. Nathan Deal doesn’t want you to vote on Sundays

1374168461-gov_nathan_deal_183Think, for a moment, of all the things that are now normal to do on Sundays.

We can shop for groceries. Buy lottery tickets. Even order a glass of wine or beer.

But some politicians, including Gov. Deal, don’t want you to vote on Sunday.

In a historical move for this state, three Georgia counties will allow voters to cast their ballots on Sunday.

DeKalb, Fulton and Lowndes have announced Sunday voting days to increase access for voters who can’t get to the polls during a busy work week or during a Saturday shift on the job.

Gov. Deal thinks this is wrong.

He blasted the move as a “departure from the norm” and said he wants “uniformity.”

And he even said that he will fight to block Sunday voting if he’s re-elected.

“I feel sure this is an issue that the General Assembly will probably be looking at very seriously come January,” Deal told a reporter yesterday.

The governor’s vow to limit voter access comes just a day after the shocking comments by state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) on DeKalb County’s voting plan:

“Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.”

He added, “…We will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January.”

Then Millar’s statements took an even more shameful turn when he wrote on Facebook, “I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.”  

Both Gov. Deal and Sen. Millar were involved in Georgia’s blatantly partisan redistricting process three years ago, which virtually guaranteed GOP supermajorities in both legislative chambers. Millar voted for the redistricting plans and Deal signed them.

The fact that Millar and Deal have meddled in elections for partisan purposes and now condemn expanding voting access is disturbing enough.

But even more disturbing is the idea that voting on Sunday is somehow inappropriate.

Sen. Millar voted for the bill to allow Sunday alcohol sales, and Gov. Deal signed it into law.

That is the law on Sundays now.

But the sacred right to vote is not?

P.S If you want to take action now, call your county officials and ask them to join DeKalb, Fulton and Lowndes Counties. Everyone in Georgia should be able to vote on a Sunday if they choose.


  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    You didn’t include the latest updates as you jump on the bandwagon, so here is Rep. Millar’s two day old reply to criticism by the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church:
    “Reverend Warnock, this is about partisan politics. When you only have Sunday voting in select precincts with traditional one party strength, then there is a fairness issue. If it was only Perimeter Mall rather than South DeKalb Mall, then that would be wrong.
    My comment about educated voter was made in the context of for me being more important than just more people voting. Having people informed on issues such as transportation, education, taxation, etc would be a good thing versus voting based on sound bites.
    Finally, as a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall award from the DeKalb NAACP, I do resent people trying to play the race card on me (not referring to you). My article dealt with three issues where I felt the CEO was not being fair to all parties in the County and I am disappointed that this behavior persists – hence the title the honeymoon is over.”

    For Sunday voting to be equitable, all precincts should be open, not just a select few. If all are not open, then none should be open.

    Regarding educated voters, part of our problem in DeKalb is uneducated voters who re-elect the clowns in some of our public offices. A prime is example is the DeKalb District Attorney’s office with its “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” approach that finally necessitates the US Attorney to step in and muck out the stable. I hope Sally Yates sends a lot of DeKalb officials to prison, with Elaine Boyer being just the start.

  2. RalphALongJr says:

    Bi-Partisan should apply to a different view of how to approach problem solving within a political environment.
    The aim to win should not encompass taking or minimizing the rights of constituency to assure that goal.
    Each party should try to win the vote of the people assuring that their views are correctly reflected in the outcome.
    The right to vote was not based on a definition of intelligence, but on the ability of one man to cast his opinion on issues of today.
    Power, when foreshadowed by disempowerment of the people, is a wrongful application of the trust that we have placed (or that they have taken) without regards to the wills of the people.

  3. Beverly Fraud says:

    If this is former Senator Ralph Long, let me thank you for being one of the few leaders in Atlanta with the courage to stand up to the business and political structure in Atlanta by calling for Beverly Hall’s resignation.

    While the “bidness” and political power structure (including the moderator of this blog) was standing up for Beverly Hall as the education centerpiece of “Brand Atlanta” you and your wife were standing up for Atlanta’s CHILDREN.

    History has proven you right. I only hope the moderator of this board can use your personal courage to inform her future actions.