By David Pendered
The deadline to register to vote in the July 31 election – including the referendum for the transportation sales tax – is just a week away.
Voters have until July 2 to register for the general primary election, according to Georgia’s secretary of state, Brian Kemp. The same date is the deadline for voter registration for any run-off, which would be Aug. 21.
The ballot will be chock full on July 31. In addition to the sales tax referendum, primary elections are underway for local seats as well as the state Legislature and Congress. Metro Atlantans also will be voting on a seat on the Public Service Commission, which oversees utility companies.
The Georgia Secretary of State provides a great amount of information online about how to register to vote. In addition, the government site offers guidance on things voters need to bring to the polls in order to cast their ballots, such as a photo ID.
The transportation sales tax has spurred various forms of voter education programs and get-out-the-vote drives from a number of groups.
One such outreach is coming from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Sam Williams sent an email to members earlier this month informing them that they can register their companies as supporting the sales tax. The email included an opportunity for recipients to register support as individuals.
Click here to go to the site, which was paid for by Citizens for Transportation Mobility. CTM was created with help from chamber officials to support the referendum.
Williams also sent an email encouraging members to apply for an absentee ballot. Georgia voters now can easily vote by absentee ballot, without the troubles previously associated with such voting in years past.
That note included this observation from Williams:
“For the first time in Georgia’s history, over 200,000 voters gave input to pick the projects. And the penny you will pay for transportation – a cup of coffee per week – ends in 10 years and with a citizens’ oversight committee reporting each year on how the money is spent.”
MARTA has hosted voter registration drives at various stations last week.
The Atlanta BeltLine hosted a program last week at the Trees Atlanta location on Chester Avenue, in Atlanta.
The event was intended the inform the audience about various aspects of the project list to be built if the sales tax passes, including a 10.2 mile transit project in Atlanta that’s affiliated with the BeltLine and Atlanta streetcar.