2018 Voter Information

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Voter registration without voter education is voter frustration!

– Locally & nationwide, about 80% of voters only vote for the top 1,2, or 3 offices on the Ballot. Most don’t have a clue about how long or what’s on the ballot until the enter the polling booth.

-So, engage your circle of friends/family in discussions about everything on the ballot so you and everyone in your circle will vote down the ballot for every office, admendment, and referendum with confidence.

– Print a copy of your Ballot from:  http://www.myvoterpage.com and take it with you to vote. You can’t use your cell phone inside polling place. However, you can take any printed material. You cannot share it with another person inside the polling place. 

– So each voter has to have their own sample ballot or other printed materials.

– Tuesday, October 9 – Deadline to register to vote in Georgia.

– Tuesday, November 6 – Election day across the U.S. Each state has different things on their ballots and they are all important!!

– Now is the time to research the candidates for each office and find out what each office does. You will be amazed to find out things about the Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner, District Attorney, and/or Governor and how what they do effects your everyday life.  For example, the Onsurance Commissioner decides if your insurance company for auto, home owners, or renters insurance can increase your premiums and by how much.  They can even kick a company out of the state for unethical practices.  So choose candidates for each office well.

– Start and continue a conversation on all your social media, at lunch, dinner, etc. about the ballot and early voting dates in your area.

– Use your smart phone to research candidates the same way you use it to Google other things  you need to know. However, 90-95% of what you need to know about voting and candidates can be found at: http://www.myvoterpage.com

– I always find it amazing that people know more about TV stars, movie stars and athletes’ personal lives than they do about the elected officials for whom our tax dollars are paying their salaries. That means, they work for us.  When we do not  like their work, we get to fire and replace them in the next election.  That’s right. We control if they get to stay in office!  Let’s use our power to change things in our favor.  YES WE CAN!!

– Register (Also, check your status before Oct. 9 to make sure you have not been purged from the voter list.).

– Educate yourself (research candidates).

– Engage with your circle of influence.

– Advocate for candidates you like.

– Remind/make sure everyone in your family (even those who live in different states), your friends, church members, colleges students,  are registered to vote for every office on the ballot and how to determine who to vote for BEFORE Election Day!

– Check with local churches, the NAACP, Urban League, SCLC, Rainbow PUSH, Peoples Agenda, League of Women Voters, National Action Network, and other nonprofits about FREE rides to the polls if you or someone you know needs it.

– VOTE early or on Election Day, November 6.

WE CAN CONTROL WHO REPRESENTS US!!

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 98 Years of Women Voting

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Wow!  Can you believe that women did not get the right to vote until the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on August 26, 1920. It was several decades later when Blacks and Black women got their right to vote.  That right has been under attack since its’ inception.

Today, women are a powerful and important voting block.  With so much at stake with the November 6, 2018 elections across the U.S., women will be the key to electing candidates who will truly represent the needs of the people instead of the needs of special interests who help regentrify our neighborhoods.  And, here in Georgia with the governor’s race, women could make history by electing the first female and first  Black governor.

Read the full article by Virginia Kase written in celebration of Women’s Equality Day:

https://www.lwv.org/blog/honoring-our-right-vote-womens-equality-day?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WomensEqualityDay

If the vote were not a powerful tool, it would not be under attack to hinder women, the poor and people of color from voting.  From the beginning, white Men wanted this privilege solely for themselves.

Fulton County Primary Elections Info

The 2018 Georgia Primary election is May 22.  Below is information for you to use and share. All 159 counties have similar information as Fulton County. So “google”or call your county elections office.

Also, because there are over 15 items on Georgia ballots, not just Governor and Lt. Governor, please be sure to print your sample ballot, research the candidates, and take your sample ballot with you to vote.  That way you can confidently vote all the way down the ballot.  Get your sample ballot at: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

Fulton County
Registration & Elections

Board of Commissioners Presentation

Our 2018 General Primary Election Objectives
•To continue empowering voters across county
•To report results earlier
PREPARATIONS FOR
2018 GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION

April 24 was the voter registration deadline to participate in May 22 General Primary election – registration will re-open after May election, and deadline for General Primary Runoff is June 25

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WHERE TO REGISTER
•Department of Driver Services
•Online
•GA Votes App
•City Hall
•Libraries
•Fulton County Offices

Voter Registration
•673,302 active voters
•70,644 inactive voters
•743,946 total registered voters
•Processed 91,334 registration applications since January 1, 2018 year versus 25,230 during same period in 2014
•In 2016 we only processed 57,216 during same time period
•Precinct cards ordered from SOS on April 3, 2018 for 35 precincts

Absentee Ballots
•Residents can complete absentee ballot applications now
•Signature must match the voter registration signature on file
•Residents who are 65+ or have a disability must apply each year. Others must apply each election
•Ballots must be signed when returned
•Deadline is May 18

Absentee Ballots
•Received 3,100 applications
•Processed 2,959 applications
•Rejected 141 applications
•Received 731 ballots

Early Voting
•Early voting offers to voters convenience & choice
•During early voting voters have 18 days to vote
•21 locations
•183.5 hours to vote
•1,160 voters cast ballots on day one

Early Voting
•Sent 315,000 head of household mailings
•Ads in Atlanta Voice and Neighbor Newspapers
•Radio spots on 98.5 and 104.1
Election Day

Poll Workers
•Success on Election Day is dependent on the quality of people who choose to serve as paid poll workers
•We have assigned 1525 poll workers for 183 precincts
•30 Reserve EDay poll workers

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Voter Education
•Voter Education team available to attend community events & meetings
•Deputy registrar training
•Voter education team have attended 23 events from north to south
•Have distributed early voting flyers in libraries and city halls

ELECTION NIGHT
ASSISTANTS

Election Night Operational Improvement Plan
•Deploying 183 Election Night Assistants, 178 Fulton County employees
•Worked with County Manager, Todd Long, Brigitte Bailey and External Affairs
•Most departments have representatives working, in particular Superior Courts
•Aid poll managers in accumulating results
•15 reserves will be on call at three locations
•County teamwork is outstanding
•Fulton County Police and Sheriff
•External Affairs
•EOC
•FCIT
•DREAM
•Libraries
Key Dates
•April 7 – Began sending absentee ballots by mail
•April 24 – Voter Registration Deadline
•April 25 – 27 – Head of household mailing
•April 30 – Early Voting begins
•May 18 – Early Voting Ends
•May 22 – Election Day
•July 24 – Primary Runoff

 

Election Day Tips for Tomorrow, November 7th

Since the Center of Civic Innovation did such a great job with this email, I am sharing it here because it is so thorough, informative and easy to follow.  Share this info with your friends, family and millennial voters to help increase turnout for local municipal elections all across the state.  There are still voters who think that the Nov. 7th election is for City of Atlanta voters only. Almost every county has something on the ballot that is important and needs your vote. This is it:

We are now less than 24 hours away from the Atlanta elections! Still unsure about the who, what and where of voting tomorrow? Don’t worry –– we’ve got you covered. This email is your all-in-one guide to get prepared before you head to the polls tomorrow. Read it, share it, and help spread the word to everyone you know, because this election matters.

Tomorrow, Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. Before you head to the polls, get familiar with the candidates and their qualifications and ideas for the future of our city.

Depending on how much time you have, there are four main ways to learn more about the candidates:
-Watch a quick video – it takes 5 minutes or less!
-Listen to a 90 minute, in-depth interview
-Read their response to our mayoral job application
-Watch what they said at our forum
-Head over to voteatl.org to read, listen, and learn about all the positions up for grabs this November 7th, and the people who want to fill them.

We also recommend you check out some of the recent press coverage and candidate scorecards. Here are a few to consider:
(Atlanta Magazine) Everything you need to know about the ATL City Council Races http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/everything-need-know-2017-atlanta-city-council-races-10-minutes/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f

(Atlanta Maganize) Which Mayoral Candidate is Right for Me? http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/atlanta-mayoral-candidate-right-me/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(AJC) City Contractors and Mayoral Campaigns http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AtlantaJournalConstitution/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=AJC/2017/11/06&entity=Ar02302&sk=4C4E9E24&mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(Committee for a Better Atlanta) Candidate Scorecard http://cbatl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CBA-Scores.pdf?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(C4 Atlanta) Candidates + Artists Questionnaire  https://c4atlanta.org/2017/11/candidates-artists-part-two-mayoral-race/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f

 

> Get to know the candidates

https://www.voteatl.org/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f

 

 

Before you head to the polls, download and print our handy ballot cheat sheet. This is an easy way to keep track of your favorite candidates and map out who you are voting for in each of the open positions.

Download our ‘ballot cheat sheet’:

https://civicatlanta.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f757b6f24aebbf03684ff0a69&id=5ae85e499f&e=e19b73076f

 

Head to the polls! But not just any poll. Follow the directions below to make sure your vote counts!

Find YOUR polling location at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov – you can only vote at your assigned precinct!
Grab your photo ID. Make sure it’s from the approved list available here.
Decide on a time to go vote –– before work, after work, at lunch? Polling locations are open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM.

 

 

Voting is more fun with friends! Let them know you got out and got your vote on, and how important it is that they do the same this November 7th. Share this page with your friends, family, and coworkers! And don’t forget to post on social media and let people know they need to #VOTELOCAL.
Remind your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you know to #VOTELOCAL on Tuesday, November 7th!
Download and print our ballot cheat sheets and hand them out in your community.
Finished voting? NO SELFIES IN THE VOTING BOOTH – but you can snap a pic of you and that awesome peach sticker and tag it with #postthepeach and #voteATL so we can re-post it on our social media!

 

 

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for in depth voter information.