The 2014 Midterms are Very Important!
By Denise Dunbar
We’re less than two months away from the November 4th Elections, so it’s time to seriously consider the races on the upcoming ballot. Even though the Presidential Election is not included, there are some significant races on the ballot which could totally change the way we do politics.
First, the US Senate race between Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn and Republican David Purdue is turning heads around the country. The Republican party could usually depend on Georgia to send a Republican to the US Senate; but this year, there is a very good chance that Nunn could win this one. Nunn’s strong poll numbers are creating much anxiety for the Grand Old Party. Republicans need to net six seats to keep control of the Senate. So, if Dems win in Georgia and in five other states, President Obama just might have an easier time getting some of his agenda passed.
Needless to say the gubernatorial race featuring incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, Democrat Senator Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt is getting attention. Here’s another major election in Georgia, where a Democrat could win. Senator Carter is the grandson of a former President. That’s a plus, but the experts believe Carter is beating Deal in polls because a lot of Georgians still have beef with Governor Deal over how the state’s botched cleanup efforts in recent snowstorms.
And then there’s history! For the first time in Georgia and for the first time in the entire nation, there are five African-American women on a state-wide ballot. These candidates include Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valerie Wilson for school superintendent.
This year is also important because change is coming! Census numbers indicate that the racial composition of Georgia voters are changing and favorable for Democrats. Thanks to the surge of voter registration before the Obama election, half a million new black voters have registered. A growing Hispanic population will also play a part. Sooner or later, political experts believe the state’s control will shift from Republican to Democratic. More people are curious to see if 2014 is the year for the change.
Where Do I Vote (Here are the rules)
By Denise Dunbar
The thrill of voting can quickly turn into frustration if you realize you’ve stood in a long line and waited hours just to find out, you’re in the wrong polling place.
RULE- You can vote ONLY at your designated polling place. Unfortunately, we’ve heard of cases where election officials changed polling places without much or no notice. If for some reason you do end up at the wrong polling place and you don’t have time to get to your correct one, then ask for a provisional ballot.
RULE- If you vote on a provisional ballot, your vote will only be counted if you go the your county elections office within 48 hours after voting and show your valid identification.
RULE- Always make sure you’re headed to the right location, by checking with the Secretary of state’s office. You can check your location by clicking the link below.