Thanks to many non-profits, churches and community groups, there are efforts to educate and get people to the polls. They include Georgia Stand Up, NAACP, ROSE Pack, and The Peoples Agenda.
Early voting ends in Georgia on Friday, November 2nd. So, the most important thing you can do is to to vote early so you can help get others to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.
Whether you vote early or on Election Day, print your sample ballot, discuss it with your friends and family and take it with you to the polls. No need to memorize how you want to vote. It’s two pages of items for which to vote. Vote the entire ballot. Do not leave anything blank!!
This Georgia Ballot is pretty simple to vote on because after you do your research, you may come to the same conclusions as I did before I voted last Wednesday: I voted for all candidates of my party preference and, “NO” on all the ballot initiatives. While change is needed in some of theses areas, the changes proposed here will have a negative impact on the average resident and may devastate Blacks, Browns, those on fixed incomes, and the poor.
Here are good rules for yes/no questions:
A yes vote supports the proposed change. A no vote opposed the proposed change. If you are not sure “how” to vote on yes/no ballot initiatives, vote “no”. No means no change. Why would you vote yes or leave blank something you do not fully understand?? Why would you vote yes for something and you do not know “who” (legislator or group) is proposing the change and funding the ads for the change?? Voting “no” is the safe alternative. Leaving it blank is not an option! Leaving it blank is can be detrimental if the change is really bad and you do not understand it. A “no” vote is safe because it helps to insure the change is not made until you better understand it.
The only way to change how things are being proposed and which things are funded (to get more things funded in your community) is to vote down the entire ballot for ALL the offices and initiatives. Just as a sports team needs all its’ players on the field, the Governor (like a quarterback) also needs the whole team. So, PLEASE vote down the entire ballot and select the entire team!!
For more information on voting and to review and print your sample ballot, visit: www.yourpowerconnection.wordpress.com
For websites to research the 2018 Ballot items, visit: www.ballotpedia.com
1) You can take your sample ballot or any paper notes to the poll with you. However, you cannot share it with anyone inside the polling location.
2) You have to turn off your cell phone inside the polling location.
3) You can vote at any early voting site within your county.
4) Your early voting site may be different than your Election Day voting site or precinct. Check with your county election office or http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov for your polling location BEFORE you go to vote. Sometimes polling places get changed and consolidated and you may not be aware. This is especially true now because several Atlanta-Fulton County Libraries (former polling places) are closed for renovation.
FREE rides to vote are also available on Election Day, call any of the organizations listed above and on the flyer above. While Election Day requests may be honored, calling as far in advance as soon possible allows the organizations to better accommodate your ride request.
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