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Kemp Orders Recount in State Senate District 43 Race

ATLANTA, GA – Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp ordered a recount of all ballots cast in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties in the July 26 Democratic primary run-off election for state Senate District 43. Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler requested a recount this morning after losing by ten votes to Tonya Anderson.

“In Georgia, a losing candidate can request a recount if it is submitted in writing to the office’s Elections Division within two business days after certifying election results, which occurred on August 5,” stated Secretary Kemp. “To request such a recount, the difference in ballots cast for the top two vote-getters cannot be more than 1%.”

There were 8,542 total ballots cast in the SD 43 Democratic run-off race. Anderson received 50.06% with 4,276 votes compared to Dawkin-Haigler’s 4,266 votes.

County elections officials will conduct the recount between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Individuals can find certified results for the July 26 run-off races through the Elections Division’s website.

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 secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, visit our website at Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Free, Fun Event Open to Public: 20th Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Come get “wild” at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 20th annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia.  This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 7, 2016.

Free admission includes an array of activities that focus on Georgia wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreational opportunities.  Kids can try archery, fishing, shooting sports, fly-casting, tree climbing and can go on a mini-boat ride led by Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ conservation rangers. Live animal presentations, face painting, solar viewing with the Charlie Elliott Astronomy club, and exhibitors displaying wildlife-themed booths add to the festivities.

The first 500 kids receive a free hot dog lunch (adults can eat for a nominal fee), thanks to sponsors of the event, the Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Before you leave the Charlie Elliott property, be sure to stop by the Visitors’ Center to tour the museum and take advantage of special sales in the gift shop.

To get to CEWC, take I-20 to Exit 98. Travel south on Highway 11, go through Mansfield and continue three miles south to the entrance at Marben Farm Road on the left.  Then follow the signs to the Discovery Area.  This event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit, or call 770-784-3059.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.  – Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water.  Don’t know how to canoe?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered June 21, 2014 and again on July 19, 2014.

The canoeing basics program takes place at Charlie Elliott, one of seven regional education centers operated by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, will give participants the chance to learn the fundamentals of canoeing, paddling, safety, rescue and gear.  Canoes, paddles and a life vest will be provided.  Attendees should bring a lunch, sunscreen and water and be prepared to get wet.

Fee for the Basic Canoeing class is $20 a person.  Preregistration is required (770-784-3059).  Participants should be 10 or older.  The class will initially meet at the Visitors Center before proceeding to the designated lake.

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, named for the first director of what is now the Wildlife Resources Division, offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting and birding along with educational programs and a conference center, banquet hall and hotel-styled lodging, all within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. The 6,400 acres include Marben Public Fishing Area and Clybel Wildlife Management Area.

The Center is located near Mansfield (543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield 30055), less than an hour southeast of Atlanta off Interstate 20.

For more information, visit, or call (770) 784-3059.