2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So, to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.
With introductions out of the way, meet the first Independent candidate I’ve come across in these profiles, Smythe DuVal.
According to DuVal’s campaign website, he is a dad, a veteran, a registered nurse, and a director in the Medical IT field who lives in East Cobb County.
Since 2000, DuVal “has been passionate about election and voting system reform.” He is running for Secretary of State because he wants Georgia’s citizens to have “fair and competitive elections.”
In his words, according to this press release, “Our election system is broken. I will advocate for leading edge, common-sense, solutions that would transform our election system. As a Secretary of State who is independent of the major parties, I could offer fair, partisan-neutral solutions that would benefit all parties involved—especially the voters. The Republicans and Democrats have demonstrated that they are no longer willing or able to conduct themselves for the greater good. I offer Georgians the opportunity to get our democracy back on track.”
To elaborate, if elected, DuVal promises to:
• Expand voter registration up to the day before election day so that no voter is disenfranchised from participating.
• Stop gerrymandering by moving the redistricting process out of the legislature and to an Independent Redistricting Commission.
• Replace expensive run-off elections and save tax-payers’ money with ranked choice voting.
• Replace “old, obsolete, and unsecure Georgia voting machines” with voter machines with optical scans.
If DuVal is your candidate, the elections will be held on November 6.