Local candidates make a push for last-minute voters

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2014 

The sidewalks of many major streets were filled with Columbus candidates making last-minute pitches to voters Tuesday afternoon before the polls closed.

In the mayoral race, incumbent Teresa Tomlinson and supporters greeted motorists along Macon Road while her opponent, Colin Martin, campaigned in south Columbus and other locations.

“We are doing the last minute to connect with voters,” Martin said just after 6 p.m. at Bradley Park Drive and River Road. “We are trying to catch those folks going home and to remind them to go vote. We are trying to catch those folks and show them my name one more time.”

Candidates for Columbus Council and the Muscogee County School Board also were on the streets for last-minute voters.

Voting apparently wasn’t smooth at all precincts. At the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints on Reese Road, two poll workers were overheard around 10 a.m. discussing complaints they heard from voters. A campaigner for Columbus Council District 1 candidate Zeph Baker was holding a sign across the street from the church.

One of the poll workers said to the other that the campaigner wasn’t in violation because he was more than 150 feet away from the polling place. There were, however, campaign signs stuck into the grass too close to the church – and next to a sign that declared, “No Campaigning or Distribution of Literature Beyond This Point.”

Two signs each for Columbus mayoral candidate Colin Martin and U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel and one for U.S. Senate candidate Todd Robinson were taken down. But the sign for Baker still was standing.

This seems like it has been the season of robo calls - the computer generated calls from candidates and their supporters seeking your vote.

The best robo call story of the season comes from Columbus Fraternal Order of Police President Randy Robertson, who recorded a call for Martin.

Monday night, Robertson got a cell phone call from a number he did not recognize. He answered it.

You guessed it.

Robertson robo called himself.

Staff writers Mark Rice and Chuck Williams contributed to this report.

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