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(The above are on the Georgia Secretary of State's website.)

To receive notice of planned events and activities of the Pickens County Democratic Committee, send an email with your name and home address to chair@pickensdemocrats.org.

For anyone interested in starting a Young Democrats of Georgia chapter in Pickens County for individuals under the age of 36, fill out the YDG Member Interest Form here.


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Here’s a look at what the historic Inflation Reduction Act will achieve:

  • Finally allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices
  • Placing a cap on seniors’ out-of-pocket prescription drug costs and on Insulin costs
  • Lowering health insurance premiums for 13 million people who get insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges
  • Increasing the production of clean energy to combat the climate crisis
  • Lowering home energy costs for working families and seniors
  • Strengthening tax enforcement by the IRS to crack down on wealthy and corporate tax cheats
  • Requiring billion-dollar corporations to pay at least a 15% federal income tax, so they no longer get away with paying a lower tax rate than nurses, firefighters, and teachers
  • Accomplishing all of this while not raising taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 a year or on small businesses
This law is fully paid for and even reduces the federal deficit by about $300 billion. Thanks to your hard work demanding that Congress finally start unrigging our tax code, great progress has been made.



Meetings and Events

Dates in this color are from the Georgia Secretary of State's 2022 election calendar.

Dates in a box are activities of the Pickens County Democratic Committee.

 
 

Monday, August 22, 2022 - Earliest day to apply for an absentee ballot for November General Election. It's recommended that, if at all posssible , you vote in-person during early voting, to avoid the many possible errors built in by the Republicans' SB202 to discourage absentee voting.(Note 1 below)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the November General/Special Election

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting, following CDC guidelines (fully vaccinated, w/boosters if recommended; indoors, so masked). Pickens County Administration Building, 1266 East Church St., Jasper; Pickens Room (basement, entrance at rear of building).

Monday, October 10, 2022 - Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Runoff Election

Monday, October 17, 2022 - Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the November General Election. (Note 2 below)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee. Social gathering instead of a business meeting. Location TBA.

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election

Friday, October 28, 2022 - Last day to submit absentee ballot application for the November General Election

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Georgia General Election (Note 2 below) (Note 3 below)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - Georgia General Election Runoff

Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee. Social gathering instead of a business meeting. Location TBA.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting.

Note 1: To request an absentee ballot, print and submit this form. You'll need to include your driver's license number, state ID number or, if you don't have those, a copy of acceptable voter ID. Revises OCGA §21-2-381, S.B. 202 §25(a)(1)(C). Date of birth (DOB) also required. Counties cannot mail out ballots until 4 weeks before the election (previously 7 weeks). Revises OCGA §21-2-384, S.B. 202 §27(a)(2).

Note 2: IF YOU ATTEMPT TO VOTE IN THE WRONG PRECINCT on Election Day, S.B. 202 provides that out-of-precinct provisional ballots will not count unless cast after 5 pm and voter signs a statement saying they cannot make it to correct precinct in time. Revises OCGA §21-2-418, S.B. 202 §34. If you vote early ("Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting"), this will not be an issue!

Note 3: S.B. 202 provides that

  • Counties must count all the ballots nonstop as soon as polls close. Revises OCGA §21-2-493, S.B. 202 §41. (Counties may begin processing absentee ballots as early as two weeks before election day. Revises §21-2-386, S.B. 202 §29(a)(2).)
  • Counties must complete count by 5 pm the day after the election or be subject to [State Election Board] sanction. Revises OCGA §21-2-386, S.B. 202 §29(d)
  • Certification is Monday after election. OCGA §21-2-493, S.B. 202 §41.
Previously,
  • Counties could take breaks counting ballots.
  • Counties could count ballots until certification deadline.
  • Certification was two Fridays after election
Makeup of the State Election Board is controlled by the Republicans in the General Assembly. Clearly, they hope that the large counties that vote Democratic will be unable to complete their counts in the 22 hours between polls closing at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and 5:00 p.m. the next day. If the counties fail to do this (or some other "irregularities" are alleged?), the State Election Board then can fire the Boards of Elections and the election supervisors in those counties and substitute their own man to certify the counts—to whose advantage, do you suppose?