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ThE LAW continued from page 27 Employee Voting All employees who are registered to vote must be allowed to take up to two hours off from work to vote, unless the employee’s work schedule begins at least two hours after the polls open or ends at least two hours before the polls are closed (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-404). assumed that the unopposed candidate has voted for him or herself, and may be declared the winner (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-291). Election Challenges A challenge to an election may only be brought by a candidate or an “aggrieved elector” who was entitled to vote and must be filed within five days (including weekends and holidays) of the official consolidation and certification of the election results (O.C.G.A. §§ 21-2-14, 21-2-521, 21-2524(a)). Challenges must be based upon misconduct, fraud or irregularity by election officials sufficient to change or place in doubt the election results, ineligibility of the candidate for the office, receiving illegal votes (or the rejection of legal votes) sufficient to change or place in doubt the result of the election, any error in counting or declaring the result if such error would change the result, or for any other case that shows that another was the person legally elected to compete in a run-off (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-522). ■ ACCG Assistant General Counsel Kelly J.L. Pridgen may be reached at 404-522-5022; or via e-mail at Winning the Election and Run-offs In order to win an election or primary, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes, which means at least 50 percent of the votes plus one vote. This can be a difficult hurdle in primaries where there are often more than two candidates dividing the vote. Failure to get a majority of the vote means that there must be a run-off primary or election between the two candidates who received the highest number of votes (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-501(a)). Since a run-off is actually a continuation of the primary or election, only the people who were registered to vote in the primary or election may vote in the run-off, (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-501(a)). If there is no opposition in a race, then there is no need to hold an election for that seat unless a write in candidate has qualified. It is ACCG Renews Partnership with The Conservation Fund he Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and The Conservation Fund agreed to extend a partnership dedicated to protecting lands in Georgia. The pact calls for the Fund to provide ACCG with an additional $20,000 to support a Land Conservation director to work directly with local government officials on conservation projects. The $20,000 donated to ACCG is a re-grant of dollars received by The Conservation Fund from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York. The partnership is the second formal agreement between ACCG and the Fund, both having pledged to cooperate helping counties achieve local land protection goals. In a previous agreement, in July 2008, the Fund granted $55,000 to ACCG to help identify counties with local conservation projects to further the goals of Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan. To qualify to receive federal funding for nongame wildlife conservation projects, Congress charged each state to create a comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy known as a State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). Georgia’s SWAP was developed by the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and widely praised as one of the top plans in the nation. Building on the goals of the SWAP, the Fund and ACCG have provided technical assistance to counties having T demonstrated an interest in protecting their unique natural resources. ACCG and the Fund have worked with other conservation groups to boost public awareness of, and promote, land conservation funding in Georgia. “The partnership between ACCG and The Conservation Fund is extremely beneficial for counties in Georgia,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We are very pleased to tap into their vast expertise and knowledge of land issues in Georgia. The partnership has allowed counties to play an increasingly important role protecting lands that are important habitats and natural areas.” Under the renewed agreement, the two organizations will continue identifying opportunities for land protection statewide and helping governments understand goals set forth by the State Wildlife Action Plan. “It is extremely unique for a statewide county association to take such a proactive approach to land protection by participating in a partnership such as this one, and we are very excited about our continued relationship with ACCG, which has led to the protection of SWAP priorities,” said Rex Boner, vice president of The Conservation Fund and head of its Southeastern office. ■ To learn more about the ACCG Land Initiative, contact Beth Bradley at 404-522-5022 or 28 GeorGia County Government

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - July 2010

Georgia County Government - July 2010
President’s Message
Paulding County Takes Off
Seatbelt Usage Remains a Key Safety Issue in Counties
Military and 4-H Partnerships Extend Services to Georgia Military Families
Counties & the Law: Primaries and Elections
ACCG Renews Partnership with The Conservation Fund
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - July 2010