Atlanta- Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians that in person early voting will end Friday, October 31st.
To locate early voting locations in your county, visit http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
Early voting in Decatur County is going on at the County Fairgrounds. Early voting in Seminole County is taking place at the County Courthouse.
Absentee ballots must be received by 7 PM on Election Day, November 4th. If you are casting an absentee ballot, do not wait to mail it in or hand deliver to your local elections office.
The “Ga Votes” mobile app is a great free resource for voting information. Georgia voters can view their specific sample ballot, find their polling locations, check voter registration status and track the status of their absentee ballot. All of this information is available on mobile devices on Apple and Android platforms. To download the app search for “GA Votes” in the app store.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.
Summary of Proposed Constitutional Amendments on General Election Ballot
You can read expanded versions of the proposed Constitutional amendments on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
1) To prohibit an increase in the state income tax rate in effect January 1, 2015.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate?
This Proposal prohibits the General Assembly from increasing the maximum marginal state income tax rate above the rate in effect on January 1, 2015. It adds a new Paragraph IV to Article VII, Section II of the Georgia Constitution.
2) Adding reckless driving penalties or fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund.
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative services for Georgia citizens who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries?
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide for the imposition of additional penalties or fees for the offense of reckless driving and to provide for the allocation of such additional penalties or fees to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund, for the specified purpose of meeting any and all costs, or any portion of the costs, of providing care and rehabilitative services to citizens of this state who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries. It amends Paragraph VI (k) of Article III, Section IX of the Georgia Constitution.
Summary of the Proposed Statewide Referendum Question
A) Allows property owned by the University System of Georgia and operated by providers of student housing and other facilities to remain exempt from taxation.
Shall property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities to continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?
This Act provides for an ad valorem tax exemption for private interests in property of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia that is operated by a private party and further provides that such arrangements shall not constitute special franchises for purposes of ad valorem taxation. If approved by a majority of voters, the tax exemption provided by the Act becomes effective January 1, 2015, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.