Busy Day Tomorrow In Gwinnett

It’s election day tomorrow all across Georgia. Many municipalities will elect new leadership and a number of counties will have items on the ballot as well. The AJC and the League of Women voters have an interactive page that allows Metro Area voters to see what’s on the ballot.

Here in Gwinnett we’ve got a full plate. In addition to municipal races, folks in Peachtree Corners will decide if they want to become a city, 13 Gwinnett cities will decide Sunday Sales, and we’ll have a County wide vote on continuing a 1% SPLOST for education.

Here’s a collection of local election articles in the Gwinnett Daily Post. Also see articles in the Suwanee Patch, Dacula Patch, and Norcross Patch. The Lilburn Patch had a four part series on Lilburn elections.

Peachtree Corners cityhood debate has editorials in favor and against.

The Post’s Camie Young has an article about the Sunday Sales votes in Gwinnett.

City residents can vote on the issue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cities of Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee.

And finally on the countywide vote to extend the education SPLOST, the Gwinnett Chamber says vote yes with this website and video:

Meanwhile Amanda Helmstetter head of the Berkeley Lake Elementary School PTA says the Emperor has been exposed:

But this isn’t the land of fairy tales, the people of this land are thinkers, they challenge the status quo, they don’t blindly do whatever their leadership says – even when dissenting with the popular opinion is unpopular and difficult.

Many of the people of this land are voting NO on the ESPLOST referendum coming up for a vote in Gwinnett County on Nov. 8.

The people of this land realize that the GCPS [Gwinnett County Public Schools] board wants to take out a loan to get the money and spend it NOW before it is generated by the ESPLOST. So, what happens if they borrow $200 and they only raise $125 in taxes? We understand that borrowing the money so it can be spent before it is generated shows a great lack of fiduciary responsibility.

10 comments

  1. Calypso says:

    Buzz, I know this does not fall under your auspices, but since you brought up the subjects of both Sunday sales and a county-wide referendum, I thought I’d ask. I recall just after her election Chairwoman Nash state that Gwinnett County would vote on Sunday sales when a county-wide vote took place but that she had no plans to push for anything sooner, i.e., a specially-called vote just for this question .

    Now that the E-SPLOST is on the ballot county-wide, why do you think the Sunday sales question is not there as well?

    • Nash told the Post they didn’t want to interfere with the ed. SPLOST. I suspect they’ll put it on the primary ballot next year but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      “Now that the E-SPLOST is on the ballot county-wide, why do you think the Sunday sales question is not there as well?”

      Because putting a hot-button issue like the Sunday sales question on the ballot would have dramatically increased voter turnout and the whole idea with these special-interest SPLOST referendums held during off-year elections is to DECREASE voter turnout so that only the people who support the SPLOST come out and vote for it.

      Having the Sunday sales question on the ballot would have potentially motivated large numbers of (thirsty) voters to come out to the polls and vote against the E-SPLOST while voting for liquor sales on Sundays.

      If given a choice on a large scale in this increasingly volatile political and economic environment, who in their right mind wouldn’t expect people to vote no to taxes and yes to liquor?

      • Calypso says:

        By jove, TLDiG, I believe you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head. I guess Buzz’s use of the word “interfere” is politi-speak for what you clearly, and most assuredly correctly, stated above. Thanks.

        • From the Post article:

          “Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said leaders decided they did not want to have an issue that would distract from a vote on an education sales tax, but that means that, if the city referenda pass, laws will be different depending on the store that you visit.”

          I should have said “distract” not “interfere” when trying to convey Nash’s reasoning.

          • Calypso says:

            Buzz, whichever word you choose to use, ‘distract’ or ‘interfere’, it would still be a euphemism for the correct explanation TLDiG gave.

            And I find Charlotte’s patronizing use of the word ‘distract’ an insult.

  2. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    The outcome of the E-SPLOST at the polls tomorrow might be a good way to gauge where support for the T-SPLOST vote stands in Gwinnett and throughout the region.

    If enough people are motivated to come out and vote down the E-SPLOST tomorrow that might be a bad omen for the T-SPLOST in July.

    The word on the street is that a lot of Gwinnett voters, whose already simmering disillusionment with government has been pushed over the edge with the HOT lanes fiasco, are planning to take out their anger and frustration by sending a message to the powers-that-be and voting against the E-SPLOST.

    Don’t know for sure how that might pan out, but it is something to watch for.

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