Don’t be dragging the football program into this one, guys.

Yesterday, our beloved institution got its ass handed to it publicly after taking the stance that football has a higher priority than voting, this at a place where it deemed it safe for students to attend classes in person.

“We cancelled tailgating, so we can’t have on-campus voting” is a helluva message.  After being abused — justifiably — for that for hours, a strategic retreat eventually was announced.

Embarrassing, and completely unnecessary.  I’m beginning to think I’ve been too hard on Greg McGarity by singling him out for making inept public statements.  He fits right in with the shoot yourself in the foot culture at UGA.

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UPDATE:

Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

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23 responses to “Don’t be dragging the football program into this one, guys.

  1. Pathetic.
    Cowardly.

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  2. “Football is more important than voting” might as well replace “E pluribus unum” on our money. I hate seeing my alma mater getting publicly dragged like this, but I can’t say it isn’t richly, richly deserved.

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  3. Down Island Way

    When there plan or no vision, this what you get…

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  4. Salty Dawg

    You can never be too hard on McCheapy, Senator.

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  5. How many students are actually registered to vote in Clarke County and their voting precinct would be the Tate Center or another location on campus? If they want it to be an early voting location, how many people (faculty, staff, or local residents) are going to come to campus to vote? Will those non-university people be required to comply with the university’s masking and social distancing requirements?

    A bad look for the university, but I understand the challenge this introduces.

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    • I think as is often the case, their reversal is what made them look bad.

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      • 79dawg

        No, they were getting bashed for the initial decision, strangely enough by most of the same crowd who have been saying we can’t have in-person voting for months because of the supposed danger it presents and must have mail-in ballots…
        Ultimately, the University cannot “run” a voting location – all it can do is make the location available to the local Board of Elections. Could have even been Clarke County that said they won’t staff one on campus, which would make all the bashing of the University even more absurd…

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        • Got Cowdog

          Sign o’ the times.

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        • No, “the same crowd” that I’m in wants people to have options to do the most sacred thing in our nation, and the thing that millions have fought and died for, marched for, and bled for.

          So to be clear what my “crowd” wants – everyone to be able to vote safely during a pandemic. Have the mail delivered in time people can trust it. Give people the option to vote in person if they don’t feel comfortable voting absentee. And have polling locations available on election day that are open and safe. I believe in government doing its job in a comptent manner, but one party is hellbent on undermining its ability to do that and undermining the public trust.

          And if UGA had actually been concerned about COVID, they wouldn’t have said “we’ll put people on busses to vote downtown.” Busses aren’t safe. If they had actually been concerned about COVID, they would have said “ok, we can do this at Stegman, or Sanford” up front. Instead, they fucking just cancelled the voting location less than 50 days out w/ no alternatives.

          Feel free to keep Strawmanning people who just want people to vote, for the vote to be secure (we need to beef up our electronic voting secutiry by 1000000), and for people to feel safe.

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          • If you want to vote absentee, you need to request your ballot far enough in advance to receive it. Even then, I asked for a primary ballot on the day I received the application in the way Fulton County requested (email of an image of the signed application). Apparently, the geniuses at the Board of Elections deleted a bunch of those emails without fulfilling the requests. I never received the ballot I requested.

            The idea of blanket mail-out of ballots is a terrible idea if you desire the vote to be secure. Hell, the government can’t get absentee ballot requests right. I’ll never ask for another absentee ballot after this fiasco.

            If you want to cast a ballot, you have plenty of options:
            1) Request an absentee ballot and send it back in enough time for it to be counted by Election Day.
            2) Cast your ballot in person during the early voting period.
            3) Cast your ballot in person on Election Day.

            I come back to my question about voting on campus. How many students are registered to vote in Clarke County? If the university site is only an early voting location and/or an Election Day location for on-campus students, will those from off-campus be required to comply with university C-19 protocols?

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            • 79dawg

              To your last point, I don’t believe they could legally restrict an on-campus early voting site to only faculty, students, etc. – am fairly confident that it would have to be open to all registered voters, which might have been the University’s concern… But hey, let’s all shoot first and ask questions later!

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              • I know they couldn’t restrict the site to only people with business on campus at UGA. It would have to be open to all registered voters.

                My bigger question would be around the requirement to wear a mask. Couldn’t someone who didn’t want to wear the mask or didn’t have a mask sue saying the mask is the equivalent of a poll tax unless the Clarke County Board of Elections provided a free mask?

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          • 79dawg

            I don’t remember there being an early voting location on campus in 2004 (the last election I was there for), but our republic was able to survive for the 215 years prior to that, somehow…

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          • 79dawg

            I mean, CNN is “fake news”, but here you go, right in time, in-person voting is safe again!

            https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/election-2020-democrats-in-person-voting/index.html

            (CNN)After months of warnings about the risks posed by in-person voting in a push to expand access to mail-in ballots, Democrats across the country are increasingly focused on communicating to voters that it is safe to cast their ballots in a voting booth.

            Recently, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who served as an adviser in the Obama administration, analyzed the relative risk of contracting coronavirus while voting and came to a simple conclusion.
            “There’s a lot of conversation about voting, but we looked at the data. It seems most like shopping at the grocery store. And that has some risk but it’s pretty low risk,” Emanuel said in an interview.
            ….

            You can blame “one party” for being hellbent on undermining the country’s ability to vote safely and keep the public trust, but you are only deluding yourself if you think its a one-way street!

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            • I just looked at the precinct map. The voting location for on-campus students is Memorial Park off Milledge Ave. For the June primary, there was no early voting location on the university campus, so unless this is different, I would be interested to know if the university has provided a location for early voting in the past.

              If it’s been done in the past, my opinion would be that the university should have offered even it’s primarily for the benefit of UGA faculty and staff. The question is whether the permanent residents of Athens-Clarke County really want students with temporary residence to vote in local elections. My student children aren’t registered in Clarke.

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              • 79dawg

                I never registered to vote in Athens either…
                Just ask the residents of Statesboro what happened after all the kids at Georgia Southern registered to vote their and voted in the municipal elections in the mid-2000s or so! The Gown quickly overwhelmed the Town… (obvs Athens is larger and different, in a different kinda way….)

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  6. godawgs1701

    I’m pleased that the University of Georgia didn’t dig in its heels on this garbage and at least offered up Stegeman as a possible polling place after rightfully getting dragged through the mud. Frankly, UGA should offer any facility that the Athens Clarke BOE asks for. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and if we aren’t teaching that to the students through our actions and not just our words then we are failing them.

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  7. theorginaldawgabides

    Think Kirby is all in on not practicing the Tuesday before Florida?
    https://accesswdun.com/article/2020/6/911724

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    • 123fakest

      I would think Kirby, being a leader and all, will tell his crowd that you got two damn weeks to vote ahead of time. Yo a$$ better be watching film on Tuesday.

      It’s pretty wild that people wait until the last minute when there are so many CONVENIENT options. Then they complain about waiting in line.

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  8. Anon

    The less 18 year olds voting the better for any country.

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