Ballot Research Class Prep

The ballot of where I am from is the ballot for Forsyth County. It obviously has the presidential candidates to vote for, and it also has the vote for the United States Senate between Johnny Isakson, Jim Barksdale, and Allen Buckley. There are a couple votes for some districts for State Senate for the 27th and 51st. There are a couple of votes for State Representative in the General Assembly for districts of 22nd, 25th, and 26th. There are numerous local spots up for election like many positions on the County Board of Education, Tax Commissioner, Coroner, a couple County County Commissioner positions. There are four amendments proposed for the Constitution of Georgia. The first questions whether or not the state to provide greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement. The second is to whether or not authorize penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services. The third calls for reforms and re-establishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers. The final one would dedicate revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety. The last part of the ballot has two local issues to be voted on. The first one is to add a 1% sales tax and use it to improve the existing educational systems and technologies and to also provide funds for future schools and learning tools in Forsyth County. The second one addresses the homestead exemption from Forsyth County school district ad valorem taxes. As of right now, senior citizens are exempt to pay these taxes, but this bill calls to revise it by changing the exemptions of any senior citizens with minors living in the area.


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