Georgia ballot initiatives 2018

Early voting started this week in Georgia. Turnout decides elections. If you go ahead and vote now, at the Board of Elections, 2808 N. Oak St., Valdosta, you won’t have to worry about precincts or lines on Election Day!

After you vote for candidates for office, you will also find on the ballot referendums for five constitutional amendments and two laws. Below the image are recommendations from the Lowndes County Democratic Committee (LCDC), which met October 1, 2018.

Amendments, Referenda, and Tax Assessor, Page 2
Page 2 of Sample Ballot from Georgia My Voter Page.

Constitutional Amendment 1: LCDC recommends Yes.
Creates a land conservation trust fund with 0.75 percent of revenue from sales and use taxes on outdoor recreation equipment.

Constitutional Amendment 2: LCDC recommends No.
Creates a business court and establishes procedures and rules for judicial selection, term length, and qualifications.

Constitutional Amendment 3: LCDC recommends No.
Revises method for determining market value of forest land and creates a timberland property class.

Constitutional Amendment 4: LCDC did not make a recommendation.
Adds rights of crime victims to state constitution.

Constitutional Amendment 5: LCDC recommends Yes.
Allows a school district or multiple districts with a majority of students within a county to call for a county sales tax referendum.

Referendum A: LCDC recommends No.
Provides for a municipal property tax exemption within certain cities.

Referendum B: LCDC recommends Yes.
Applies existing tax exemption for non-profit housing for mentally disabled to business-financed property.

The pithy summaries and the links to more information are from Ballotpedia.

Don’t forget to vote all the way down the ticket, including for Tax Assessor.

Most candidates, Page 1
Page 1 of Sample Ballot from Georgia My Voter Page. The candidates you can vote on will vary depending on your statehouse and Congressional districts, so for your own sample ballot, please go to Georgia My Voter Page.

LCDC is essentially the board of directors of the Lowndes County Democratic Party. LCDC members are elected by caucus of Lowndes County Democratic Party members, and are listed on the LCDP website.

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!

About the Lowndes County Democratic Party

The Lowndes County Democratic Party:

  • promotes development of Party organization and activities
  • seeks and encourages qualified candidates for public office
  • supports Democratic nominees
  • performs such election functions as are required by law
  • maintains appropriate records, promotes and adds logistical support to the State Affirmative Action program
  • raises funds for the above purposes


J.D. Rice, Chair
Lowndes County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 4198
Valdosta, GA 31604