GA SR 24
Should Georgians support SR 24 to provide recorded Senate votes so constituents at home can see how their representatives vote?
RESULTS AS OF February 3, 2016
37 Counties Reported
100% Voted YES | 0% MAYBE | 0% NO
Survey Respondent Comments
The elected work for the people and there should never be a reason to hide their vote.
It will help keep our elected officials honest, and hold them accountable for their actions.
We are their constituents, they are there serving their constituents and their constituents should know what their Senator is doing. Why would they not want to be transparent, unless they have something to hide!
ALL ACTION of the Government Should be in PUBLIC VIEW! God Bless.
We believe in transparency in government.
Why wouldn’t every vote be recorded for Senate amendments and all committee meeting votes for that matter? What are you trying to hide? As an elected representative, you work for the people. We demand that your votes be open and transparent.
We want transparency from our elected reps
In our Republic, the actions of our employees (representatives/senators, etc.) need to be transparent and on display so the employees can be held accountable. Otherwise, what they do is, or may be, subversive and quite the opposite from the desires of their constituents.
Thank you, “Restore and Preserve!”
There is absolutely no logical reason for floor votes not to be formal and properly displayed.
The elected representatives in our Senate have no right to hide their actions from their constituents. D.A. King’s article gives some good examples of why. http://insideradvantage.com/2017/01/04/state-senate-rule-allowing-unrecorded-votes-should-be-scrapped/
The people should have a written record of how their senators have voted. No more backroom deals. This why Georgia is so corrupt and politicians aren’t trusted. This must change if we have any hope for our state. Our elected leaders have become kings who answer not to the people of Georgia but to people with power & money.
Yes, because I want to know how my representative votes!
Why would the Senate NOT want their votes recorded?
Government transparency is not negotiable. The legislators work for the people. Therefore the people are entitled to know how they vote for the issues that matter to us.
It is passed time for simple transparency from our government and elected officials.
It is shameful that our State Senators, elected by us, did not support this measure to make it clear what they support and what they do not. We expect our state agencies to provide information under Freedom of Information Act requests, as they should. It seems obvious that the State Senate would record all votes cast on the floor and in committee. Politicians who want to avoid recorded votes should ask themselves if they are in office to serve the public or themselves.
I want my representatives on the record, that I may hold them accountable for their actions.
This should be a no-brainer – of course the public votes made by our representatives should be recorded for posterity!
How can we hold our elected officials accountable if we have no way of knowing how they vote? This opens the door to the backroom of politics and puts the people back in charge. I support this resolution.
We need to be able to keep tabs on our Congressmen to decide if they need to go back to Atlanta or not.
In 1868 the Georgia State Legislature was composed of blacks appointed by a Northern caretaker government. When the 14th Amendment was brought up for the second time to be ratified, it passed! The failed ratification, the first time, was voted on by the duly elected Georgia State Legislature.
Of course! Constituents should be entitled to know which way their elected representatives vote.
Voting records are how we line up how our representatives vote compared to the principles and positions they professed as they were running.
There is never a reason for any legislator to be able to vote in secret. We need real transparency in government – no excuse is acceptable. Don’t take us for fools!
Provides a true list of votes on ALL issues.
A recorded vote is necessary to judge the performance of the people we elect.
It is THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS. No secret votes.
Every vote MUST be recorded. It is THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS. And Senator who does not support SR 24 MUST be opposed and defeated in the next cycle.
Absolutely. Full accountability.
The senate should be held accountable to the public, recording their votes is the only way.
Most of our legislators are bough and paid for by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
I support SR 24 which would prevent a senator from retuning to a town hall meeting and obfuscating his vote; to hide the fact he voted as leadership desired, which is more lucrative to him than heeding the voice of his constituents.
Everyone’s vote should be counted. They need to be held accountable for his they vote, and we need to know how they vote.
Citizens deserve to know how their senator vote on issues that affect our nation.
It may cut down on some of the untruths when trying to secure job again.
Elected officials should be involved in a transparent government so that those who elected them to office can see how they are voting.
Transparency in government is essential to the well being of our government, both state and Federal. Voters should know how the officials they have elected are voting on issues that are important to all citizens of Georgia.
If we don’t know how our senators voted, then how are we to hold them accountable for their voting?
I support open government.
All votes should be recorded publicly to allow constituents to know how their legislators vote on issues.
Yes, because we need to know how our Senators vote–to praise them for their decision or express why we differ in our conviction from their decision.
We need accountability to the voting public. God bless our Georgia Senators!
These are elected persons who by nature of their position are to represent their constituents. They should be bound to their duty.
All votes in the state Capitol should be recorded so that “We The People” Always know exactly how each one of our state legislators vote!
Believe it or not, that is not the case in the Georgia State Senate. I actually consider this to be criminal, since these Senators are voted into office by “We the People”, they take an oath to both the GA. State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution and they work for us, not the other way around, that they seem to be dazed and confused about quite frequently!
Since they do work for us as elected representatives, the people/public/citizenry deserve to know what every single vote is cast for and by whom, creating transparency in governmental affairs that would be “Huge” in lessening governmental Corruption, which is a “Huge” issue in the eyes of the public trust at large!!!
This lack of transparency in government affairs can be easily remedied and changed! Georgians need to know that the Senators vote on the rules as their first order of business every other year – and 2017 is one of those years. We provide this information just in case a few state senators forget to mention it to their constituents!
High up on the front wall of the senate chamber is a large brightly lit machine that displays each Senator’s vote and electronically records it in the permanent senate record. It’s called the “Yeas and Nays” voting method.
In the full chamber, if any senator wants to change a bill that has already
been through the committee process, a “floor amendment” can be offered and senators can vote on whether or not to approve the amendment – with an unrecorded raise-your-hand vote. And they can decide if that vote is an unrecorded vote with another unrecorded raise-your-hand vote. Oddly enough, this is inaccurately referred to as the “voice vote”, or “rise stand and be counted” voting method.
It takes five senators to very, very quickly demand a machine-recorded vote on floor amendments.
Confusing, isn’t it? As if this confusion, might just be a purposeful way for votes to be unrecorded in regards to what was actually voted on and by whom, so that the constituents never know about a poison pill and who the senator(s) was/were that placed the pill and then who voted in a particular way to pass or defeat this unrecorded vote!!! Just sayin’…
Here is an example. In 2015, the Georgia Senate killed an amendment aimed a ending the current practice of issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens by holding an unrecorded, raise-your-hand vote on whether or not to have an unrecorded-raise-your-hand vote. Unrecorded vote won! Illegal aliens won!
“We the People” lost!!!
There was also an unrecorded vote involved in getting to final passage of the 2015 transportation tax increase. I know the writer that was present and watched both events, to be above reproach!
Citizens, constituents, and readers of the “Key is We” weekly survey should contact their state senators and demand that they pass SR 24 that changes (wipes out) the existing rule allowing any unrecorded floor votes. And that it be done with a machine-recorded vote!
Then we can start working on eliminating unrecorded votes in the House and Senate committee process! Having mentioned this is a great segue into a related subject of the upmost importance.
In the past on various occasions and attempts to get the state legislature to follow the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (which involves States Rights); and the 10th states ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution (Article I, section 8 lists the Enumerated Powers), nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people! So, since they never wanted to claim the rights for the State and its people, but were more comfortable with accepting the Federal Government’s over-reach in pushing their dictates down to the States, we as liberty minded citizen activists, were never able to convince the legislature or the Governor to not give precedence to the Federal Government over our States Rights guaranteed by the 10th Amendment. Therefore, now having a new sheriff in Town on the Federal Level; the Governor and the GA. State Legislature needs to realize, that they do not get to have it both ways. Since the New President is all about transparency and giving the power that was usurped by the Federal Government, back to the people of this great country; they need to realize that they need to cease and desist immediately from shoving unconstitutional and rights removing legislation down the throats of the citizens of the Great state of GA.! And if they are not intelligent enough to understand the need and urgency to change course from their Establishment Globalist Agenda, then they will reap the Wrath of God, the New President, Donald J, Trump, and the GA. Citizenry that are sick of their not acting and voting and repealing bad, unconstitutional legislation and laws that are not in the best interest of “We the People” of GA. Once again Just Sayin’…!
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