SOUTH FULTON 2022 ELECTION GUIDE
lThe first Tuesday in November is National Election Day. Here in South Fulton, we have an election every year on that Tuesday. These November Elections are called General Elections. In the November General Election, most positions will have only two names for voters to consider — one Democrat and one Republican (learn more about why those are the only two choices for most Americans in the blue box on the right panel of this page).
Primary Elections are held in the Spring of an election year, usually around April or May, to decide the one Democrat and one Republican who will go head-to-head against each other in partisan (Democrat vs. Republican) races in November. In Georgia, if a candidate race fails to receive 50 percent of the votes plus 1 person in their race, they must face the second-highest vote-getter in a Runoff. To use a sports analogy, the Spring Primaries are the Playoff Elections while the November General Elections are the Finals.
With far fewer candidates running for each available seat, Republicans have concluded al of their Primaries without the need for any candidates to go to a runoff. The only political party with Runoff Elections on the June 21 Ballot are Democrats.
2022 STATEWIDE RACES
Just at the Vice President presides over the United States Senate, Georgia's Lt. Governor presides over the State Senate. S/he votes in the Senate if there is a tie and assumes the role of Governor if the Governor is unable to perform her/his duties.
Secretary of State
The Secretary of State overseas Voting & Elections, including Georgia's My Voter Page. This office also business registration, corporate and financial securities filings and regulation of charities & nonprofits. It was our current Secretary of State whom Donald Trump called to "find 11,779 votes" to overturn Georgia's Presidential Election of Joe Biden.
Commissioner of Insurance
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance handles questions and complaints regarding the insurance providers and the licensing of insurance companies & agents. The office is supposed to act as advocates for consumer protection and educators who provide consumers with information regarding the regulation of insurance in each state. However, recent commissioners have been criticized for doing more to defend insurance companies than regulate them.
Commissioner of Labor
The Labor Commissioner oversees the Department of Labor, which ensures treated fairly under the law. This can include investigation of non-payment of wages and regulation of new "gig-economy" jobs like Uber, Door Dash, etc. Last year, Labor Commissioner candidate William Boddie lead protests of the department's delayed delivery of unemployment payments during the COVID pandemic.
2022 LOCAL RACES
This is where the questions on you ballot begin to look different, based on which County and City you live in. Only residents of Fulton County & the new City of South Fulton, Georgia will see these questions on your ballot. If you live on the southside of Atlanta, but are not sure if you live in the new City of South Fulton, you will know when you go to vote based on which of these questions appear on your screen or paper ballot.
State House of Representatives - District 61
The Voter Guide below breaks down all the things you can vote for on the May 24 Primary Ballot, along with some picks by South Fulton Mayor khalid. Click the picture of candidates to Read Mayor khalid's Endorsement. The Democratic Ballot appears on the left, the Republican Ballot appears on the right. You can also choose a Non-Partisan Ballot. However, those ballots will have far fewer choices. They only contain votes for judges and school board, which appear at the bottom of this guide.
Note: Incumbents (I) are elected officials who already hold the office they are on the ballot for. They are running to be re-elected to that office. They sometimes appear on ballots and in articles with an (I) by their name.
You can click on each candidate's name to visit their website and learn more about them in their own words. Videos of candidates debates are also posted. When available, debates hosted by City of South Fulton organizations are featured.
If you have difficulty voting or feel your right to vote is being violated, contact the Georgia Voter Protection Hotline at (888) 730-5816
A team of lawyers is waiting to help you.
How to Check Your Registration