Five questions on state elections

By Maggie Lee

This year, tens of millions of dollars will be spent trying to turn Georgia blue, or keep it red. While the governor’s office is the highest one in the state, there are many more on this year’s ballot. Here’s a pop quiz to introduce some of the issues and offices at stake.

1. The governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp is getting the most attention this midterm election year. But it’s only one of many statewide races on Georgia ballots. How many statewide offices will appear on every Georgian’s ballot this year?

A) 10
B) 7
C) 38
D) 5

 

2: Which one of these things does a governor not do?

A) Submit a draft budget to Georgia’s Legislature
B) Talk to major companies that are thinking of locating to Georgia
C) File bills in the state Legislature
D) Appoint leaders to state departments

 

 

3: Which one of these things is part of the lieutenant governor’s job?

A) Preside over the state Senate
B) Election oversight
C) Sets certain agency budgets
D) As part of a board, regulates Georgia Power

 

 

4. True or False? State attorneys general can and do sue federal government agencies.

A) True. States and the federal government go to court often enough.
B) False. States and the federal government settle their differences in Congress.

 

 

5. The Republican and Democrat candidates for Secretary of State kind of agree and disagree on the most high-profile issue facing that office. What is it?

A) Funding for the office
B) Replacing Georgia’s voting machines
C) Publishing real-time videos of Georgia’s legislative sessions and other meetings
D) Creating a definitive list of state symbols

 

 

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.

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