What you need to know about Walton County elections that begin with Early Voting Monday

Early voting begins again on Monday, May 18, 2020, in the Presidential Primary as well as in the General Primary and the Non-Partisan Elections. Election Day in this Primary and Non-Partisan Election has been moved to June 9, 2020. Early Voting is being moved from the Walton County Government Building to the Nowell Recreation Center located at 201 W Spring St in Monroe.  The Nowell Recreation Center is beside the Library. There will also be Early Voting in Loganville at Meridian Park, 101 Generation Blvd (Off Highway 81 in Loganville) There will be NO Early Voting in Social Circle or Walnut Grove for this election. If you had already early voted in the Presidential Primary, that vote will be counted. Although the sample ballots show the presidential candidate’s names, if you have already voted you will not be able to vote in that particular race again. However, this is largely symbolic as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are already the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees respectively.

The Walton County Chamber of Commerce hosted two virtual forums to give Walton County voters the opportunity to hear from most of the candidates facing an opponent in this election. Click or tap on the video below to listen to the candidates facing a primary opponent who participated.

On Tuesday, a similar forum was hosted by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce to give Walton County voters the opportunity to hear from candidates facing a challenge in the district attorney and sheriff’s race as well as the non-partisan judge’s race. Click or tap on the video below to hear from the candidates.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced in March that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every Georgia voter will be given the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot. Requests for absentee ballots will be mailed out, but if you have not received one and wish to apply for one, you can do so at this link. Absentee Ballot Application

If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, you can mail it in or drop it off. Officials with the Walton County Election Board confirmed they will be installing a drop off box at the Government Buildings at 303 S. Hammond Street. The drop off box will be kept under video surveillance for ballot security. Extra precautions will also be made to ensure those who rely on in-person voting to access the ballot can do so safely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Click or tap on the following links for the Democratic, Republican or Non-partisan sample ballots.

There also will be questions on the ballot, different ones depending on whether you requested a Republican or Democratic ballot.

Questions on the Republican Ballot

  1. Should Georgia lawmakers expand educations options by allowing a student’s state education dollars to follow to the school that best fits their needs, whether that is public, private, magnet, charter, virtual or homeschool?
  2. Should voting in the Republican Primary be limited to voters who have registered as Republicans?
  3. Should candidates for the board of education be required to declare their political party?

Questions on the Democratic Ballot

  1. Should Georgians work to stop climate change and listen to the scientific community, which recommends immediate action to combat this serious threat to our planet?
  2. Should Georgia enact basic standards to protect our environment from wasteful plastic items that pollute our state?
  3. Should every eligible Georgian be allowed to register to vote on Election Day to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote?
  4. Should Georgia take partisanship out of the redistricting process and have an independent commission draw distinct lines instead of politicians?
  5. Should our criminal justice system end the discriminatory cash bail system that allows the wealthy to buy their way out of jail while disadvantaging lower-income Georgians?
  6. Should every Georgia that has served their sentence for a crime be allowed to have their voting rights restored?
  7. Should Georgia amend the state Constitution to legalize the use of cannabis/marijuana for those 21 years old and older, allow a retail dispensary base, tax said product, and allocate revenue received equally to state education and transportation infrastructure?
  8. Should citizens convicted of a crime and served their time in prison and are now on parole/probation have their right to vote restored?
  9. Should Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients be granted a path to citizenship?

 

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