Press Release on Election Reform, January 22nd, 2021
Chairman TJ Dearman, after consultation with the District 9 and State GOP committees, announces the election reform proposals that the Jackson County Republican Party will present to the State Legislatures. The people, not just in Jackson County but in the whole State of Georgia, should have the faith going forward that their voice and vote is counted in a fair manner.
1. Allow voters waiting in their cars to park due to inadequate parking at a polling place to still vote even if they they re not physically standing in line at the time polls close.
2. Do away with the outdated "Runoff Rule" in general elections.
3. Do away with the “jungle primary.”
4. Limit absentee voting to those who are elderly, disabled, or in the military serving overseas.
5. Have a consolidated election process in the entire state rather than on a county to county basis.
6. Allow the majority party in counties with 5 member election boards to control the chairmanship and majority on the board like every committee in Congress.
Chairman Dearman's Statement on the Runoff Elections, January 6th, 2021
In Jackson County yesterday, we had 62% of the registered voters turnout for the Runoff election compared to the 73% in the November General Election. This is a very high turnout for a January, Runoff Election. All 3 of the Republicans on the ballot yesterday got a larger percentage of the vote than they did in November which shows that Jackson County, got more Republican voters to come back to the polls than the Democrats did.
The Jackson County Republican Party had poll watchers stationed at the 4 voting precincts all day and while there were a couple incidents reported, all election operations in our county, as a whole, went smoothly. I give credit to the poll workers and election staff in Jackson County who had all the results in and posted by 11:00 pm.
I want to give a shoutout to all those who volunteered over the last couple months, whether it was through putting up signs, writing postcards, or being a poll watcher, you should be proud of the effort you put in. While the election didn't turn out the way we would have liked state wide, it's clear where the people of Jackson County stand. We are a deep red county, despite what the local press says, and will be for years to come! Thank You!
Jackson County GOP Committee Passes Resolution Calling on Jackson County to Withhold Certification of the January 5th Runoff Election Until After Fulton County Certifies Their Election, January 4th, 2020
Jackson County Republican Party Resolution 3
WHEREAS the November 2020 Presidential Election was the closest in Georgia history with all counties reporting timely except Fulton County, and WHEREAS for nearly a decade Fulton County has persistently delayed reporting and certifying election results until days after every other county in Georgia, and WHEREAS Fulton County has had a higher rate of election complaints, questionable practices, and elections fraud investigations than all other Georgia counties combined for more than a decade, and WHEREAS Fulton County again in 2020 placed the state of Georgia and the outcome of the Presidential Election results in a bad light nationally as a result of continued questionable practices and repeated late election reporting, and WHEREAS the voters in all counties in Georgia deserve to know that no one county's late election reporting is not manipulated or questionably influenced to overturn the outcome of another county's election results, and WHEREAS to ensure that all other county election results will not be overturned by the incompetence and consistently questionable election reporting of Fulton County, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Jackson County Republican Party of Georgia calls on Jackson County Election Superintendent Jennifer Logan, Jackson County Election Board Chairman Eric Crawford, and the four representatives on the Jackson County Election Board to withhold certifying the county election results in the January 5, 2021 Runoff Election for United States Senate and Public Service Commission until after Fulton County certifies its election results.
Adopted- January 3rd, 2021
Signed, Chairman- TJ Dearman First Vice Chairman- David Wortham Second Vice Chairman- Kathy Wortham Secretary- Mandy Page Treasurer- Jon Howell Immediate Past Chairman Ron Johnson
Chairman Dearman's Statement on the Election Board Meeting, Dec. 2nd, 2020
Wednesday Morning at 7:00 am, one and half hours, before the election board meeting, the Jackson County Board of Education passed a referendum that was sent to the County Election Board requesting a March Special Election to Vote on a new SPLOST tax. Election Board Chairman Eric Crawford implied that having this vote in March is a move by the school board to ensure it gets passed with a low voter turnout. Republican Board Member Jeff Hughes nailed the lack of transparency coming from the school board while Larry Ewing, the other Republican Board Member, hammered them for not having the referendum on the November or January Ballots. Following discussion Jeff Hughes made a motion to table the referendum to the January meeting and was immediately seconded by Larry Ewing. The vote passed 4-1 with Chairman Crawford and Democrat Board Member Judy McNichols joining Hughes and Ewing in voting in favor. Democrat Board Member James White was the only "no" vote but gave no explanation. The Board also discussed the recount. There was a good amount of discussion on this with Hughes and Ewing raising great points about signature verification and the integrity of the ballot counting process. A motion and second was made to certify the results of the recount. The certification passed 4-1 with Jeff Hughes voting against it. Hughes said his reasoning was because the Secretary of State did not have the authority to allow counties to open absentee ballots early. One of the biggest observations I had was that this dominion vote software is trash. The machines have experienced nonstop technical problems that require an IT guy to fix and virtually every county needs it's own dominion employee. Election Director Jennifer Logan raised concerns about the machines ability to function during a power outage if that were to take place. I also want to give a shoutout to the election office staff and board members for all the hard work they have put in over the last few months. They have been instrumental in assuring that Jackson County Election's are run in the most effective manner possible.
Nov. 4, 2020- Statement from Chairman TJ Dearmanon Jackson County Election Results
Despite non stop personal attacks and strong efforts from our opposition, Jackson County saw massive Republican victories last night. With voter turnout in the county up almost 36% from 2016, both Representatives Tommy Benton and Houston Gaines won easy re-elections, Senator Frank Ginn was re-elected and Senator-Elect Bo Hatchett will succeed John Wilkinson. County Commissioners Jim Hix and Chas Hardy both soundly defeated their democrat opponents. Jackson County’s own Andrew Clyde is the new Congressman-Elect for the Ninth District after easily winning against his democrat opposition. I also want to commend Jackson County Election’s Director Jennifer Logan and her staff for the hard work they put in to have all the results in by 9:30 pm last night. Lastly, I want to thank everyone who spent the last year campaigning tirelessly for all these candidates whether it was canvassing, making phone calls, or putting out signs. I have met so many of you the last few months and couldn’t be more proud. I am truly grateful to serve as your county GOP Chair and I hope to proudly represent the people of Jackson County in this role for the years to Come!
TJ Dearman Chairman
Jackson County Debate Series w/ Fetch Your News, July 17, 2020
Mailing Address Jackson County Republican Party P.O. Box 832 Jefferson, GA 30549-0832