SOUTH FULTON 2020 VOTER GUIDE
JANUARY 5, 2021 RUNOFF ELECTIONS
Public Service Commission
By now, everyone has heard of the two runoffs happening in Georgia for the United States Senate. However, there is a third race on the January 5 ballot — Georgia's Public Service Commission or PSC. The PSC regulates Georgia's electric, gas and telephone companies. Georgians pay the 5th highest utility bills in the country. These bills include paying for a $25 billion nuclear power plant which is 5 years behind schedule and still not complete.
Daniel Blackman, a long-time Democratic activist, is running to change that. His platform also includes requiring Georgia to adopt more clean energy to fight climate change. A candidate that Councilman khalid calls #BlackOnPurpose, Blackman is also running to provide broadband internet access to rural and disenfranchised communities (as he discusses in the opening of his video above).
Daniel first ran for PSC in 2014, bringing statewide attention to cost overruns at Plant Vogtle and the environmental racism of coal ash ponds (a byproduct of power plants that can contain toxic metals) that contaminate drinking water in rural communities of color around the state.
Public Service Commissioners serve 6-year terms. If he wins, Blackman will be the first African American elected to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in the agency's 141-year history, and the first Democrat to serve on the Commission since 2006. Visit Daniel Blackman's website at the link below to learn more.
Georgia Power Proposes Dramatic Rate Hike
December 17, 2019 — Georgia's Public Service Commission (PSC), the governing body of elected officials that regulates the state's utility companies, voted Tuesday to approve a rate hike requested by Georgia Power. The first phase of rate hikes will begin in January 2020. According the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Power customers could see their bills rise annually more than $175 on average once the rate and fee increases are fully phased in.
Though Georgia Power reported over $3.5 Billion in profits over the last 3 years, the company alleges the rate hike is needed to fund the recovery of coal ash from its power plants which it legally dumped into lakes, rivers and streams for decades. Many suspect the rate hike is a back door attempt to compensate shareholders for lost costs on Plant Vogtle, a nuclear power plant begun in 2013 whose construction is years behind schedule and billions over budget.
How to Vote In-Person Georgia's New Voting Machines
Click on the video above to see a step-by-step demonstration of Georgia's new Voting Machines with Councilman khalid & the Fulton County Board of Elections.
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The Electoral College: How Presidents Are Really Elected
A lesser-known fact about American politics is that, at the national level, our country is not a Democracy (which directly elects our leaders), but a Republic (which elects representatives who elect our leaders).
When you go to vote for President & Vice President, you are actually going to vote for a College of Electors. This Electoral College is the group of people who selects the President.
The number of "Electors" each state gets is based on a mathematical formula explained in the video above. It is important to note that the number of electors each state get is recalculated every ten years using population data collected by the U.S. Census — which is yet another reason taking the Census is so important! (Georgia's share of Electors has been steadily increasing as more Americans move to the South.)
The Electoral College was created by America's "Founding Fathers" to basically ensure that big states with big cities would not have more influence in Presidential Elections than smaller, more rural areas. There has been much debate about abolishing the Electoral College in recent years, especially as it has become clear that most African Americans and other people of color live in cities and states whose voting power is mathematically diluted. Watch the video below to learn more about this debate.
PBS' Myles Bess explains America's Electoral College and its problems.
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Here’s another reason why Local Elections are the most exciting elections of all:
In Georgia they post the Voting Results on the doors of every Polling Place — so you can drive around your town and see who won!
What is Democratic Socialism?
Simply put, Democratic Socialism is the belief that people are more important than profits; that a human being's value should not be measured by how much money they can make for themselves or their employers.
Today, 1 percent of the world's population control 50 percent of the world's wealth & resources. Democratic Socialists seek to enact laws that redistribute wealth and political power to working class people.