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Should All DeKalb Voters Participate in Brookhaven's Election?

One local attorney thinks so and has filed a lawsuit to try to make it happen.

Attorney Jerome Lee has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to allow all DeKalb voters to be able to participate in the Brookhaven election.

Lee filed the suit on Tuesday and said the move is meant to protect voting rights of African-American voters. He has also requested an emergency hearing, according to WSB-TV.

WSB reported that the suit's plaintiffs include civil rights icon Joseph Lowery, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and a bloc of African-American voters.

Lee and other plaintiffs worry that Brookhaven's cityhood will dilute the African-American vote in DeKalb. According to the U.S. Census, African-American people make up 54 percent of the population of DeKalb and 11 percent of the Brookhaven city population.

Do you think DeKalb voters should have a right to vote in Brookhaven's city elections? Is this a ridiculous lawsuit? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Huh? A little late, isn't this? The ship sailed last August. Allowing people outside of Brookhaven to vote for Brookhaven offices will have little effect on the rest of DeKalb.
Travis Thatcher October 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This is crazy
Richard G Rhodes October 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
No - it is a city election.
Thomas Porter October 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
This is beyond silly, and, if the County wanted to "vote", they should have been more proactive before the vote to create a city. Why not let all of Georgia vote? How about all of the United States?
Tim Abel October 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Well then, all of DeKalb County's residents should have a right to vote in the following municipal elections: Avondale Estates Chamblee Clarkston Doraville Dunwoody Lithonia Pine Lake and Stone Mountain. Absolutely ludicrous!
Road Scholar October 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Wait a minute...diluting the black vote in Dekalb? All people will vote in the CEO/County commissioner races- no effect. Even if we don't, the birth of Brookhaven would remove 89% of Brookhaven white residents from those elections...INCREASING the black % of the electorate. It's the math...
Bill KLenner October 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This is a city vote not a county vote. Where do this guys come from.
Henry Orvin October 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
This is where we need laws against frivolous lawsuits. This will cost the taxpayers money on a ridiculous lawsuit. Remember this foolishness when you have an opportunity to vote for Dekalb county leadership. Another attempt to overturn a legitimate vote in the courts.
Henry Orvin October 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I also want to add that I appreciate the Brookhaven Patch bringing issue like this to the public. Before the patch this would not have appeared in any of the local media. I have seen a lot of talk about transparency in the posting on the Patch. This is a perfect example of using transparency to highlight some of the idiot tactics that activists use to try to foil the popular will. Let's adopt a loser pays legal system like they have in other countries and stop this foolishness. Thank you again Brookhaven Patch for covering issues like this that have local impact.
Ed Tubridy October 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is outrageous - the reason I voted for city hood is because of the shameful neglect that the DeKalb County government (elected by the DeKalb county residents) has shown to our area. I am reminded of this every time I walk my dogs and see the giant craters on my street (not to mention the gouges the DeKalb county road repair crew backhoe left the last time they did a shoddy repair job).
HamBurger October 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Mr. Shawn, it appears to be the State of Georgia and Gov. Nathan Deal. This will go no where . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Ghost of John October 18, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The Brookhaven cityhood vote would have needed to be open to all of Dekalb if this was the case. While its way past the point of return, I find it very odd that they would allow masses who are college kids renting in Post or other apts in Brookhaven to vote on cityhood as well when they are not a home owner there. If they are not paying taxes in that area at all how on Earth did they get to vote? Dumb process.
Shawn Keefe October 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Let's rewind to March of 2011 when the same group, Lowery, GLBC, et al., filed another frivolous lawsuit seeking to disolve the city charters of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Milton, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee Hills. How did that turn out for them? Just another example of wasteful spending of $ and the Court's time.
TomMiller October 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Here is the interesting thing. In Federal court if this case has no merit various defendants could ask for money sanctions against not only the plaintiff but also the lawyer filing the case. He is going to lose, and there won't be any injunction. The way I am told this works is there will be a hearing. aint no stopping this train.
John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
"Loser Pays" would put an end to this nonsense.
John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Actually, they are paying taxes in the area. Whether they realize it or not, property taxes are passed on directly to them through their rent. The only advantage they have over the rest of us is that if everything goes bad, it's easier for them to leave to find somewhere nicer to live.
John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It's someone just pandering for attention.
Fred C Dobbs October 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Are you freaking kidding me? Its ridiculous, but then consider the source. He got his 15 minutes of fame.
John McCay October 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sorry, but this thought process is beyond ridiculous. Only homeowners being permitted to vote? Really? This so called "dumb process" is the law of the land, from coast to coast.
John McCay October 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I have to agree with everyone, with the exception of Ghost of John. If there was no Countywide vote for the formation of the City, this makes absolutely zero sense.

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