DeKalb County and Fulton County have published sample ballots for the Nov. 6 General and Special Elections to give Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan voters a preview of the offices, constitutional amendments, statewide referendums and local initiatives they will see.
Voters in this election will decide on the key races of governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.
Five state constitutional amendments are on the ballots that would:
- Allow the General Assembly to use up to 80 percent of sales and use taxes from sporting goods stores to fund a Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund;
- Expand the judicial power of the state to create a “business court”;
- Give the state the right to collect up to 5 percent of forest conservation grants for certain costs associated with changing the rules for assessing the value of forest land for property tax purposes;
- Notify victims when an offender is released from prison as part of an amendment named “Marsy’s Law”;
- Authorize a school district or group of school districts within a county to call for a sales tax referendum to fund school construction without getting approval from the smaller system.
There are also two statewide referendums on the ballots: to provide for a homestead exemption for residents of certain municipal corporations, and to provide for a tax exemption for certain homes for the mentally disabled.
Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven voters are voting in Special Elections to allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. Brookhaven voters are also voting on a $40 million parks bond referendum.