Update from Linda Parker Regarding Challenged Voters

FYI Challenged Voters:

Two voters remained on the list of challenged voters for Muscogee County.

One voter had a confirmation notice that she had moved out of the state in 2019. When completing her voter registration form for a challenged ballot, she provided an out-of-state mailing address. Board voted to remove the challenge and allow the ballot to be counted.

One voter was registered in Nevada and in Georgia. She cast a provisional ballot in Nevada for the November 3 General Election. She was issued a challenged ballot in Muscogee for the January 5, 2021 election and when contacted stated she was registered in two states and was not aware that she could not be registered in both. Voter was provided information for challenge hearing and did not submit additional information regarding which state she preferred for voter registration. Board voted to allow the challenge to remain and did not count the challenged

Provisional Ballots:
Board voted to accept 216 provisional ballots. Rejected others because voters were registered out of county, cancelled status, or felons.

Ballots in white envelopes:
29 ballots in white envelopes were placed in ballot collection drop boxes during absentee voting.
No identifiers on the ballots to allow for counting of those ballots.

38 ballots were cured using the signature cure affidavit form after election day.

63 military ballots were received after election day but postmarked January 5, 2021.

Lawsuit status:
Lawsuit is still pending against board and unless it is dismissed, attorneys will be required to defend. Hopefully, lawsuit will be dissolved. Otherwise, the Board’s attorney will have to answer because the lawsuit is still pending.

Linda Garrett Parker

  • Member of the Election and Registration Board; Representative of Muscogee County Democratic Committee
  • Former Elected School Board Member in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Chair of Deaconess Ministry at Greater Peace Baptist Church
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated
  • 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Institute Bootcamp, Political Leadership Development Program Attendee in Washington, D.C.
  • Retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Proud Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother
  • Motto: If it’s broke, fix it.

Press Release: 2021 Brings Renewed Energy & New Leadership to the Muscogee County Democratic Committee

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Columbus, GA January 11, 2021 – The Muscogee County Democratic Committee held its bi-annual election on November 17, 2020. Our newly elected Executive Board members are introduced below. They took office on January 1, 2021 and were duly sworn in on January 8, 2021.

Chair, Tonza S. Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a Civil Rights Activist, Social Justice Minister, Silver Life member, former state secretary and president of the NAACP. She’s a descendant of the oldest Black Cemetery in Stewart Co., Georgia, the daughter of an Associate Pastor, and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. She has previously served as a state officer for
Georgia Phi Beta Lambda and Student State Leadership Council at Columbus Technical College.

1st Vice-Chair, David Smith has been involved in democratic politics since he was 17 years old and has since volunteered on dozens of campaigns. He has served on the post committee of the MCDC since the age of 18. In 2016 he had the honor of serving as a delegate to the national democratic convention in Philadelphia. In 2020 he worked diligently as a field organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

2nd Vice-Chair, Walter Nesbitt was born and raised in Fulton County, the heart of Atlanta, GA. He retired honorably after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He’s been married to his sweetheart for 36 years. After military retirement, he became a unionist, as well as a shop steward. Later on he held the position of executive officer. His political knowledge was cultivated while working in the capacity of Legislative Political Coordinator. However, in 2008 while he was learning to be a door knocker is when his work as an elective official truly came to fruition. He finally understood what it meant to hold leaders accountable. He was elected as a Post Seat Holder of District 8 in 2017 and since that time has known that his passion for making Georgia blue would never turn off. GO BLUE!!!

Recording Secretary, Yvette Maxwell was born and raised in Japan, her father was in the Air Force. She joined and served in the Navy as a young adult. She is an activist at heart and is always looking to get into some “Good Trouble.” Her goal is for us to work together to make Georgia BLUER!

Corresponding Secretary, Ruth Carpenter arrived in Columbus, GA in 1983 from NYC by way of the military. She served our country four years active duty, twenty-two years as a reservist and retired as a LTC after twenty-six years in the US Army. She graduated from John Jay College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the American Legion, and served 3 years as the District Junior Vice Commander with the 3d District of American Legion.

Treasurer, Marjorie Jackson is a retired accountant for the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity. She also served as a CB Grant officer at the Habitat for Humanity International level. She has been a very committed MCDC executive board member, serving as the treasurer for several terms.

Who are we?
The Muscogee County Committee of the Democratic Party stands for freedom and justice for all Muscogee residents, no matter who they are, where they’re from or who they love. We support voters, candidates and leaders who seek to make our government more equitable, open and free.

Learn more about the Muscogee County Democratic Committee and how to become an active member.

  • Email: muscogeedems@gmail.com
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