Monday is the final day on which Georgians may register to vote in the July ballot contests that will determine the fate of the state’s primary challengers and a controversial proposed transportation tax.
Those who have not yet registered or need to change the name or address of current on current voter rolls may do so on the website of Georgia’s secretary of state. (Those uncomfortable relaying the information digitally may download and return the form by postage.)
The same platform may be used to confirm standing by those uncertain of their registration status.
Voters of both parties will anoint nominees for federal, state and municipal posts, but it is TSPLOST–the proposed 10-year, 1-cent tax that boosters say is fundamental to the longevity of the state’s capital city–that has drawn the most interest and spending.
Tax campaigners have been aggressively pursued fundraising dollars, setting as a goal a warchest topping $8 million. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a top surrogate for the measure, said in mid June the effort had already notched $7 million.
The Monday registration deadline will catapult campaigns across the Peach State–monied and shoe-string budgeters alike–into frenzied voter contact efforts, the first round of absentee balloting slated for July 9.
- James Richardson