I’m not going to talk about cases, civil procedure or other actual legal issues today. Instead, I want to remind everyone of their civil duty to vote. While many Georgians are looking towards the national General Election in November, they are overlooking a fast-approaching election on May 24, 2016. The Georgia Secretary of State refers to this as the “General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Runoff Election.” But it should be more well-known as the Judicial Election.
On May 24, 2016, the polls open to allow the public to vote on their Judges. (There are other elections to be sure, but we don’t care about them here). Unfortunately, the election does not occur at a commonly understood time, and voting rates reflect this.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s records, only 29% of Cobb County’s Registered Voters voted in the July 2012 General Election. And Fulton County’s rate was a similarly small 25%, with DeKalb County beating them both with 30% of registered voters casting a vote.