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State parties ignore South Georgia

By   /   October 19, 2012  /   Comments

There’s been a perception that Atlanta folks, particularly political Atlanta folks, could care less about South Georgia. Now that we know who will serve as electors from the Republican and Democratic parties, there’s even more reason for folks from Albany to feel that way.
Both parties seem to stop their search for electors somewhere in Middle Georgia, completely shutting out South Georgia. No electors from Savannah, Valdosta, Waycross, or even good old Albany. None of them.


Down here, we are an entity unto ourselves apparently. Sure, Atlanta decides the laws, but Atlanta and the Atlanta viewpoint has long dominated the political landscape of Georgia. It’s only been recently where the OA (Outside Atlanta) has managed to make any real headway in pushing for legislation beneficial to us.
The kicker is how supporters for each party look to me, a libertarian, and seem to expect me to step up for their party while ignoring the fact that their parties would just as soon pretend I don’t exist.
Now, that’s not to say that my own Libertarian Party is

 a whole lot better. Now, we have an elector from Savannah, but we’re not overloaded with South Georgians either. However, it’s clear that there is a much more balanced approach to their electors.
At least one long time Democrat floated an idea to me that perhaps a better model would be one elector from each Congressional district. Honestly, that’s actually a decent idea. At least then our electors would somewhat look like they reflect Georgia as a whole.
Some will read this and say, “So what? It’s not like this is a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.” Well, they’re probably right. The lack of electors from South Georgia isn’t a problem in and of itself. Instead, it’s a symptom. It’s a symptom of how little the political parties – you know, the power behind the throne – actually values those of us down here in the southern part of the state.
So what should be done? For one, the local parties here in South Georgia needs to raise a stink. I know for a fact that there were Albanians who were interested in serving as electors for the state, at least in the GOP, so I just can’t buy that there wasn’t anyone else interested. What happened is that they chose to ignore South Georgia. Again.
Now we need to remind our state parties that we exist down here, and that they need us. I don’t care what letter you put after your name. Republicans, Democrats, and even we South Georgia Libertarians needs to remind our state parties that without us, they don’t have nearly the kind of support they think they have.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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