Media Statement: Konnech Software Platform Developed to Schedule Poll Worker Shifts Has No Impact on Election Outcomes

Official Statement of the DeKalb County Democratic Committee

Allegations and challenges are continued attempts to undermine local election integrity

Following the 2020 election, legal challenges around the country have repeatedly failed to support the barrage of conspiracy theories and allegations of misconduct relating to the election outcome. The latest attempt to undermine election integrity is the assertion that the logistics management software developed by Michigan-based Konnech was used to influence election results.

Konnech’s product is exclusively used for the management of election poll workers, from recruitment and training to shift scheduling and timely payment processing. There is absolutely no connection between Konnech software and the actual casting or tabulation of votes. They are separate systems that do not integrate in any way.

Konnech’s contract with Los Angeles County recently came under scrutiny when county officials alleged that poll worker data may have been stored on servers in China rather than in the United States. That news follows an ongoing flood of local voter registration challenges, open records requests and emails seeking to cast suspicion and further disrupt the election process in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections office, responsible for local poll worker scheduling, confirmed that the poll worker data at issue did not include any private information, but only information that is publicly available. They also have assured poll workers that the safety of their data is a top priority and are taking further steps to ensure the public’s confidence in the county’s data security protocols. This includes housing data on the DeKalb County server.

Using the alleged Konnech data breach to insinuate that DeKalb County elections have been compromised is simply the latest attempt of the far-right to spread misinformation and draw illogical conclusions about our county’s safe, secure and fair elections.

Coordinated Campaign Office Now Open in Chamblee

Coordinated Campaign Office Now Open in Chamblee

The Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) has opened a field office in Chamblee to help coordinate the campaign activities of multiple Democratic groups working here in DeKalb County through the midterm elections. Organizers and representatives from DPG, the Dekalb Dems, the Young Democrats of Georgia, and several candidates are working with the Coordinated Campaign office to ensure that we deploy the most robust and effective Get Out the Vote strategy in the history of DeKalb County.  We strongly encourage our house district chairs, precinct captains and others to reach out to the Coordinated Campaign office to participate in the many volunteer campaign activities planned and to get canvasing materials. This office will help all of us build a cohesive strategy for the upcoming midterm elections. The office is located at 

5383 New Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Chinatown Mall, suite # 5389-N 

(The location is close to the front of the mall.)


OFFICE HOURS 

Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

Request For Proposal – DIGITAL MARKETING DIRECTOR

The DeKalb County Democratic Committee (DCDC) seeks an experienced contractor or firm to create, implement, and manage digital fundraising and communication. It is DCDC’s goal to raise money and awareness concerning the 2022 election cycle. The selected contractor will work with the DCDC communications lead in partnership with the fundraising lead.

House District Committee Elections

House District Committee Elections

Elections for postseat holders and House District chairs were held this past Thursday, July 21, 2022. When redistricting occurred last year, the postseat holders and chairs for some House District committees were suddenly residing in a different House District, while other House Districts were entirely replaced by a new House District. Due to this confusion, the elections for postseat holders and House District chairs were moved up to July 2022 as opposed to January 2023. Here are the results of those elections.

House District 52

Chair: Lil Woolf

Postseat Holders:

    1. Don Richard
    2. Elaine Desimone
    3. Lil Woolf
    4. Amy Sweigert
    5. Edith Fusillo
    6. Ellen Rafshoon

Alternates:

    1. Alisa Hamilton
    2. Gabriel Pressman
    3. Vacant

House District 80

Chair: Mike Greenwald

Postseat Holders:

    1. Sheila Levy
    2. Mike Greenwald
    3. Karen Langford
    4. Karima Jones
    5. Steven Strasberg
    6. Melanie Jacobson

Alternates:

    1. Andi Oki
    2. Eric Warshal
    3. Stephe Koontz

House District 81

Chair: Linda Zuk

Postseat Holders:

    1. Andrew Heaton
    2. Susan Motter
    3. Linda Zuk
    4. John Sawyer
    5. Ellen Schwartz
    6. Jay Harrell

Alternates:

    1. Scott Brooks
    2. Cindy Wilsky
    3. Vacant

House District 82

Chair: Benjamin Bell

Postseat Holders:

    1. Jana Miles
    2. Benjamin Bell
    3. Elizabeth Burns
    4. Paula Anderson
    5. Penny Krump
    6. Ann Abramowitz

Alternates:

    1. Laura Wingfield
    2. Emily Leslie
    3. Christina Ward

House District 83

Chair: To be determined

Postseat Holders: 

To be determined

Alternates: 

All vacant




House District 84

Chair: Nadine Ali

Postseat Holders:

    1. Larry Lowe
    2. Karen Davenport
    3. Teresa Hardy
    4. Jannetta Cureton
    5. Nadine Ali
    6. Ian Maclay

Alternates:

    1. Pamela Harris
    2. Steve Parker
    3. Barbara Campbell

House District 85

Chair: Dr. LaDena Bolton

Postseat Holders:

    1. Anne Clarke
    2. Kenny Austin
    3. Dr. LaDena Bolton
    4. Melva Hicks
    5. Vacant
    6. Ebony Jones

Alternates:

All vacant

House District 86

Chair: Michele Henson

Postseat Holders:

    1. Rita Robinzine
    2. Janel Green
    3. Vacant
    4. Francia McCormack
    5. Vacant
    6. Michele Henson

Alternates:

All vacant

House District 87

Chair: Bridgemon Bolger

Postseat Holders:

    1. Delores Bryant
    2. Bridgemon Bolger
    3. Dr. Bola Tilghman
    4. Maria Fernandez
    5. Clifton Bradley
    6. Jessica Parker

Alternates:

All vacant

House District 88

Chair: Gabrielle Rogers

Postseat Holders:

    1. Jade Gibbs
    2. Robin Biro
    3. Leona Perry
    4. Stephen Henson
    5. Gabrielle Rogers
    6. Joyce Reid

Alternates:

    1. Gil Freeman
    2. Deboarah Duin
    3. LeShawn Woods

House District 89

Chair: Willie Render

Postseat Holders:

    1. Janet Grant
    2. Beverly Ellis
    3. Willie Render
    4. Michael St. Louis
    5. Vacant
    6. Jean-Louis Sankale

Alternates:

All vacant

House District 90

Chair: Brandi Wyche

Postseat Holders:

    1. Gloria Moore
    2. Tom Stemen
    3. Mike Lynch
    4. Brandi Wyche
    5. Scott Thorpe
    6. Alison Maria Amoroso

Alternates:

    1. Tommy Travis
    2. Nura Williams
    3. Vacant

House District 91

Chair: To be determined

Postseat Holders:

All vacant

Alternates:

All vacant




House District 92

Chair: Edwina Clanton

Postseat Holders:

    1. Vacant
    2. Edwina Clanton
    3. Chris Moser
    4. Nathan Alexander
    5. Vacant
    6. Vacant

Alternates:

All vacant

House District 93

Chair: To be determined

Postseat Holders:

All vacant

Alternates:

All vacant




House District 94

Chair: Lance Hammonds

Postseat Holders:

    1. Venola Mason
    2. Jo Handy-Sewell
    3. Freda Hammonds
    4. Lance Hammonds
    5. Helen Royal
    6. Ken Royal

Alternates:

    1. Amaryllis Alexander
    2. Vacant
    3. Vacant
Primary Election Results

Primary Election Results

We finally have our Democratic ticket! Our candidates are:

This fall we will also have new members of the DeKalb delegation. Representative-Elect Omari Crawford (House District 84) has no Republican opponent. Now, we have to help carry State Representatives Shea Roberts (HD 52), Long Tran (HD 80), Karen Lupton (HD 83), Imani Barnes (HD 86), and Saira Draper (HD 90) to victory.

Let’s make history this November!

A Post-Roe America

A Post-Roe America

We are officially in post-Roe America. But here in Georgia, it’s about to get worse. The Georgia legislature passed a law in 2019 called the LIFE Act that would make it illegal to have an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, medically unviable pregnancies, and natural miscarriage. That law was not constitutional at the time it was passed and therefore, it did not go into effect, but now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the law will go into effect. Apparently, it is “constitutional” now. At the moment, the law is not yet being enforced, because it is held up in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the expectation is that this court will allow it to become enforceable law as soon as the court makes its decision, which could be any day now.  
 
Although it may seem counterintuitive, “six weeks pregnant” actually means about four weeks after conception. So the law is even worse than it sounds. In reality, it is a heartbeat law. If the doctor can hear a heartbeat, which begins at about four weeks after conception, then it is illegal to get an abortion, except for the exceptions listed above. And those exceptions might go away: Republican state legislators are already in the process of proposing even more restrictive anti-abortion laws. If you value your rights to bodily autonomy, whether or not you personally can be pregnant, then vote for Democrats this fall and urge your friends and family to as well! And vote Democrat down the entire ballot! Now that the Supreme Court has desecrated the official interpretation of the constitution, many of our rights and freedoms will be in the hands of state legislators to decide. If we turned Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats blue, then we can turn the Georgia legislature blue, too!

2022 Candidate Forums

One of the core missions of the DeKalb County Democratic Committee is to educate voters. To help you get more information about the contested statewide primaries in 2022, we hosted a forum series highlighting candidates from many of these races. More information about the candidates that won the Democratic primaries and who will be up for election this November will be posted soon.

RUN-OFF Forums for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, and Labor Commissioner - 6/12/2022

Lieutenant Governor Candidates: Charlie Bailey and Kwanza Hall

Secretary of State Candidates: Lauren Alexander and Michelle Long Spears

Insurance Commissioner: Raphael Baker and Janice Laws-Robinson

Labor Commissioner: William Boddie, Jr. and Nichole Horn

RUN-OFF Forums for District 2 School Board and County Commissioner, and HD 86 & 90 State Representatives - 6/11/2022

District 2 School Board Candidates: Whitney McGinniss and Candice McKinley

District 2 County Commissioner Candidates: Lauren Alexander and Michelle Long Spears

HD 86 State Representative Candidates: Jacqueline Adams and Imani Barnes

HD 90 State Representative Candidates: Saira Draper and Michelle Schriener

HD 88 and HD 90 State Representatives Forum - 5/7/2022

HD 88 State Representative Candidates: Billy Mitchell and Gabrielle Rogers

HD 90 State Representative Candidates: Saira Draper, Peter Hubbard, Bentley Hudgins and Michelle Schriener

HD 84 and HD 86 State Representatives Forum - 5/7/2022

HD 84 State Representative Candidates: Omari J. Crawford and Maurice Raeford 

HD 86 State Representative Candidates: Jacqueline Adams, Imani Barnes, and Marvis McDaniel-Ivey 

Secretary of State Candidate Forum - 4/20/2022

Secretary of State Candidates: Dee Dawkins-Haigler, John Eaves, Floyd Griffin, Bee Nguyen, Michael Owens

Insurance Commissioner and State School Superintendent Forum - 4/16/2022

Insurance Commissioner Candidates: Raphael Baker, Janice Laws Robinson, and Matthew Wilson.

State School Superintendent Candidates: Curry Hutchins, Jaha V. Howard, James Morrow, Jr., Alisha Thomas Searcy

Stonecrest Mayoral Candidate Forum - 4/6/2022

Stonecrest Mayoral Candidates: Diane Adoma, Jazzmin Cobble, Kirby Frazier, and Charles Hill, Sr. 

Agriculture Commissioner and Labor Commissioner Forum - 4/2/2022

Agriculture Commissioner Candidates: Wilfred Dukes, Nakita Hemingway, Fred Swann

Labor Commissioner Candidates: Rep. William “Will” Boddie, Jr., Thomas Dean (no show), Nicole Horn, Lester G. Jackson, III, Nadia Surrency

Lieutenant Governor Forum - 3/23/2022

Candidates include: Rep. Erick Allen, Charlie Bailey, Tyrone J. Brooks, Jr., Tony Brown, Kwanza Hall, Jason Hayes, Rep. Derrick Jackson, Rashid Malik, Rep. Renitta Shannon