Primary voting is crucial
By JoEllen Smith
Imagine competing in a doubles tennis match but the rules have changed. The winner is no longer chosen by points earned, but by a vote of only one participant. Sound preposterous? Well this is how our elected officials are often chosen. Approximately 25% of registered voters choose nearly all of our local elected officials.
You may doubt me because you’ve waited in line to vote in November. Well, the majority of candidates are actually chosen during the summer, when the Republican and Democratic parties hold their primary elections. These primaries are open to all voters and have multiple candidates on the ballot. Most districts in Georgia are heavily represented by only one political party or the other so, quite often, the opposition party doesn’t even have candidates running. The result is that many primary winners will face no opposition in November.
Smaller “down ticket” races are the most important ones affecting your life. Do