Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Camp Applauds Passage of The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act

Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) sponsor of H.R. 3630, The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, released the following statement upon the bill’s passage:

“Today’s vote is a vote to help families, employers and the unemployed – all of whom are continuing to struggle in this economy. In addition to providing a one-year payroll tax holiday that is fully paid for and protects Social Security, this bill extends and makes much-needed reforms to our Unemployment Insurance program. This will help Americans who are looking for work get a paycheck instead of an unemployment check. This bill also protects seniors and those with disabilities who depend on Medicare.

"Importantly, this legislation was paid for by reducing Washington’s out-of-control spending – not with more borrowing, more debt and more job-killing tax hikes. Furthermore, this bill – which includes many of the President’s own legislative initiatives – received bipartisan support in the House. The House has acted, and I urge the Senate to move swiftly and do the same.”

Secretary of State Kemp Certifies Special Election Results for State House District 68

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today certified the results for the December 6, 2011 special election in State House District 68. The certified results can be found on the Secretary of State’s website: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections.

In certifying the results, the Secretary of State affirmed that all counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each candidate. Further, the Secretary of State affirms that the returns are a true and correct tabulation of the certified returns received by this office from each county.

Because no candidate received a majority of the vote in the December 6, 2011 special election in State House District 68, a special run-off election will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 between the following candidates who received the most votes:

Dustin “Dusty” Hightower Party Affiliation: Republican
3443 Hog Liver Road
Carrollton, GA 30117

Alan Martinez Party Affiliation: Republican
7381 N Mitchell Ct
Villa Rica, GA 30180

The special run-off election for State House District 68 will occur in portions of Carroll and Douglas Counties. Any registered voter who was eligible to vote in the December 6, 2011 special election can vote in the January 3, 2012 special run-off election. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Voters in State House District 68 can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business on Friday, December 30, 2011. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit www.sos.ga.gov/elections.

Registered voters can visit the Secretary of State’s MVP website to view a sample ballot specific to that voter for upcoming elections, find their Election Day polling location and early voting locations in their county, check their registration status, track the status of their absentee ballot and more. The MVP website can be accessed at: http://www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.