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Georgia 2017 Statewide Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Statewide Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    State Government

    Amendment 1: State Intervention in Failing Public Schools Amendment

    Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Georgia so as to allow the General Assembly to authorize the establishment of an Opportunity School District to provide for state intervention for failing schools

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,586,977 39.9 %
    No2,386,252 60.1 %
    Criminal Justice | Human Services | Tax & Revenue

    Amendment 2: Safe Harbor For Sexually Exploited Children Fund Amendment

    Allows the legislature to provide for additional penalties on certain crimes, including keeping a place of prostitution, sexual trafficking, and sexual exploitation of children; provides for the use of revenue from the penalties for care and rehabilitative and social services to children who have been sexually exploited.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,264,86783.3 %
    No656,18416.7 %
    Judiciary

    Amendment 3: Judicial Qualifications Commission Replacement Amendment

    Abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes2,307,583 62.5 %
    No1,386,17537.5 %
    Local Government | Tax & Revenue

    Amendment 4: Dedication of Fireworks Tax Revenue Amendment

    Provides that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes3,156,82681.1 %
    No735,35118.9 %
    Georgia Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(180)
    (62)(118)
    State Senators(56)
    (18)(38)
    US Representatives(14)
    (4)(10)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - Republicans will maintain control of the Georgia House of Representatives in November 2016, based on the 180 seats up for election.
    State Senate - Republicans will maintain control of the Georgia State Senate in November 2016, based on the 56 seats up for election.
    US House - Voters will elect 14 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts.
    US Senate - Voters in Georgia will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Judicial Branch
    State Judges -
    Local Judges - While 488 seats on Georgia's probate, magistrate, state, and superior courts are up for election in 2016
    Local Government
    School board - Thirty-eight of the 40 Georgia school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment are holding school board elections for 132 seats in 2016.
    Georgia Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    Georgia is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file a notice of intent with the secretary of state by the first Monday in September (in the year of the election) in order to be eligible to serve should he or she win the election. In addition, the candidate must also file an affidavit affirming that the notice of intent was published in a "newspaper of general circulation in the state."

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    April 18, 2017
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    June 20, 2017
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    July 18, 2017
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    October 17, 2017
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