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1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Georgia on

Q: how do I be a part of the senate in the state of Georgia in 2019?

I am a 29 year civilian ga resident in the state of ga.

I will be 30 years old in the next two months in August. What do I have to do? I have been a local resident in the city of Decatur for 10 years.

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

in most states you petition to get on the ballot. Contact the Ga.Secretary of State's office. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Oklahoma on

Q: If you reside in the zipcode of a city in Oklahoma, and not in the city proper, do you get a vote in city elections?

There is a Mayoral election upcoming and there is a lack of clarity on who is allowed to vote in it.

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 6, 2019

Check your city's municipal code. Your city's municipal code will tell who can vote in city elections, and who can't.

Some Oklahoma cities publish their codes online at www.municode.com

See if your city's code is there.

If your city's code is not on municode, contact your...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Election Law for New Jersey on

Q: I was forced off a public sidewalk by a sitting elected town council person while viewing a public event. My recourse?

A currently elected and serving elected town council person ordered me from a sidewalk in front of his store during a public event, parade. The reason he made the order is simply that we have different point of view on how government is run and he does not like me. I was in the peaceful act of... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 5, 2019

Best to speak to a civil rights lawyer rather than a criminal lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Election Law for Florida on

Q: Can I demand to see the results of a ballot scan after voting?

I live in Florida. We have paper ballots that are scanned by a machine when submitted. During the midterm elections, I asked the person administering the scanning machine if I could see the electronic results after I submitted my paper ballot. There had been several reports nation-wide of voting... Read more »

Charles M. Baron answered on Nov 7, 2018

The poll workers cannot access the votes, and there would be no way to confirm how you voted, since all votes are anonymous. You can check ALL recorded votes by submitting a public records request to your county elections department. After a certain point in time, all of those paper ballots will... Read more »

Q: Can your SSA number be used in any part of the USA State federal coding system? County codes?

This would include birth certificate # address and phone number.

Gary Kollin answered on Oct 18, 2018

I have no understanding as to what you are asking

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1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: Do I need to list a political party preference to be able to vote in a primary in Illinois?

Ray Choudhry answered on Oct 6, 2018

When you vote at the Primary Election, you must ask for a specific party's ballot.

Later, the records will show that you selected that party's ballot.

These election records are public.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: Who oversees polling place violations? The state? County?

Ray Choudhry answered on Sep 14, 2018

Usually, both parties can and do have poll watchers.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: Is there any law against wearing a t-shirt that supports a specific candidate to a polling place in Illinois?

Jeremy Wang answered on Aug 29, 2018

Yes - See 10 ILCS 5/7-41

(c) No person shall do any electioneering or soliciting of votes on primary day within any polling place or within one hundred feet of any polling place...

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Maryland on

Q: Is showing display ads at the polling centers on election day legal in PG county MD or the state of Maryland?

Can digital media be used to run political campaigns ads?

Terrence M. Nolan answered on Apr 30, 2018

Generally, you can display whatever you have on election day, provided that you remain outside of the boundaries (50 feet? It is marked by the election Judges).

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Election Law and Juvenile Law for Mississippi on

Q: I live in MS. I'm 18. If i move out of MS and buy a house and live in TN, am I a legal adult?

Baskin Lowber Jones answered on Mar 26, 2018

MS judge's blog on the subject:

https://betterchancery.com/2011/08/22/emancipation-today/

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: I noticed a minority getting turned away from my local polling place during the last election.

What can I do to help next time?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 5, 2018

Suggest they contact the league of women voters or a civil rights group. It may be they hadn't registered, or were at the wrong poling place etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: Do I need a valid drivers license in order to vote in the next election? If not, what ID must I bring?

Ray Choudhry answered on Oct 27, 2017

The county clerk should give you a voter ID card.

That is what you need.

Otherwise, usually they will accept any form of picture ID.

The Secretary of State issues State ID cards.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Texas on

Q: If I think voter fraud has occurred at my local precinct, who do I speak to about this to ensure it's looked into?

Josh Rohrscheib answered on Sep 13, 2017

I'd talk to the County Clerk, unless you think that's the source of the fraud. Perhaps then turn to your State's Attorney. If you don't get any traction, you might raise the issue with the chairman of the county party adversely impacted by the fraud. They may be able to get more traction in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: The campaign workers for one candidate in my town have been stealing political mailers sent out by the other candidate.

Can they get in trouble for this?

Ray Choudhry answered on Sep 12, 2017

Yes they can get in trouble.

Theft, trespass.

Usual trouble is in catching them in the act.

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Michigan on

Q: Can a local full-time paid fire chief serve as an elected school board official in that same jurisdiction?

Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 30, 2017

I don't see why not. I'm unaware of any fire chief being an elected position, and so there is no conflict by holding two different elected positions. More importantly, in most cases, the school district (and its board) is a separate and distinct entity from the local government. It's really no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for California on

Q: Is it legal for workers for one candidate to steal campaign literature of a competitor from doors and porches?

We have video of this occurring in June special election and we were told it is legal which I find hard to believe.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Aug 17, 2017

That sounds like an election law violation. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: I went to vote in last November's general election and one of the precinct workers asked my political affiliation before

I could vote. Is this legal?

Ray Choudhry answered on Aug 1, 2017

There is no such thing as political affiliation in Illinois.

Whenever there is a primary election the voter can request the ballot of any of the parties.

The precinct workers know which ballot you requested in the past, which is public information.

There is no reason they...
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1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: If I've registered to vote and am turned away for lack of proof at my local precinct, what can I do to prove I'm

registered?

Ray Choudhry answered on Jul 10, 2017

The local precinct computer is tied to county clerk's computer.

If it shows you are not registered, then you aren't.

Some people think they are registered but aren't because all proper steps were not taken to get registered.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Illinois on

Q: Can I stand outside a Target to ask people to sign a petition?

Ray Choudhry answered on Jun 23, 2017

If they let you.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law for Florida on

Q: Can a candidate switch parties during an election?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2017

Yes, but I'm guessing your question relates to such things as whether the candidate will remain on the ballot.

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