Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Go vote, metro Atlanta

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

No excuses. Even if your local state representative or senator isn't fighting a primary challenger, you surely have an opinion on the regional transportation tax, that referendum being promoted on all those commercials and billboards.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Visit Secretary of State Brian Kemp's website to find your polling place and view a sample ballot. Don't forget to bring an approved form of photo identification. If you don't have a photo ID, request a provisional ballot and follow up with your county registrar’s office within three days. Be sure to thank the kind volunteers working the polling place. If you see a candidate breaking campaign rules and waving vote-for-me signs next to your voting machine, hit them over the head with a tube sock filled with nickels.

The biggest race is the T-SPLOST. If you're just learning about the tax proposal... well, welcome. The Atlanta Regional Commission's produced a website that includes all the road and transit projects in the 10-county metro area that would be funded by the tax. Here's CL's special package about the tax, including our endorsement. Hell, here's (almost) all our T-SPLOST stories from the past 1,437 years. The AJC's produced excellent work. So has WABE. There's also been some interesting debate on the Atlanta subreddit. Props to Curbed Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Decatur Metro, Peach Pundit, and many other media outlets. Read opposing views on the tax. Learn about the measure. Just remember to vote.

Here's CL's brief rundown on several local contests for state House and Senate seats, nonbinding ballot questions, and the Brookhaven cityhood vote. Details about other local races — and there are many — can be found in the AJC/League of Women Voters' handy candidate guide. We highly recommend you read up on the Georgia Public Service Commission, the powerful, often overlooked state agency that decides how much you pay to turn on your lights and heat up your home. Two sitting commissioners face primary opposition.

Tweet us photos of your cute little stickers, let us know in the comments how you voted, and send us a line or call the Fulton County Board of Elections at 404-612-7020 if you encountered any problems at the polls. You can also contact the secretary of state's office at 404-656-2871.

Happy voting!

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