What You Need to Know: 2016 Election

2016 has featured massive amounts of media coverage of the impending presidential election. While monumentally important, our presidential election is far from the only important political decision we will make this fall. On Tuesday, November 8, voters in the metro Atlanta area will have the chance to weigh in on six referenda, questions on the ballot that give the general public the chance to directly influence government policy. Each referendum is on a different topic and would impact a different part of the government. This can seem confusing and overwhelming - but it doesn’t have to be.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be breaking down these referenda for you. We hope our blog posts can help you feel better-equipped to make an educated decision at the polls on November 8 - or earlier if you choose to vote early!

Stay tuned for a breakdown of…

  1. City of Atlanta Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax (TSPLOST)

  2. MARTA Sales and Use Tax Referendum

  3. State Constitutional Amendment 1: State Intervention in Failing Public Schools (commonly known as Opportunity School Districts)

  4. State Constitutional Amendment 2: Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund

  5. State Constitutional Amendment 3: Judicial Qualifications Commission Replacement

  6. State Constitutional Amendment 4: Dedication of Fireworks Tax Revenue Amendment

Voting Logistics

Unfortunately the deadline has passed to register to vote in this November’s election. Not sure if you registered in time? This website will let you see if you’re currently register and, if so, which address you’re registered at, the location of your polling place, and a sample ballot.

Early voting has begun! Every county in Georgia has at least one early voting location (be aware that this is most likely not your ordinary polling location). Early voting is available from October 17 to November 4. To view early voting locations and hours (including weekend hours in some counties), click here.

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