In the May 20 primary election, the statewide Democratic ballot will include four nonbinding questions, but the Republican and nonpartisan ones will have none.
The questions cover a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from minimum wage to education.
First, “Should Georgia raise the state minimum wage above the current $6.16 an hour?”
Second, “Should Georgians’ federal tax dollars be returned to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relive the indigent care burden on our hospitals?”
Third, “Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create an independent ethics commission, not tied to the governor’s office, Legislature or other elected office, to more effectively police potential ethics violations by elected officials?”
Finally, “Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to make the education budget Georgia’s first funding priority?”
Matt Towery, CEO of Insider Advantage Inc., a southeast Cobb County-based website providing information about government and public issues for corporations and the media, said the questions are on the ballot to “generate [voter] turnout.”
“Some of the questions dovetail with the candidacies of [U.S. Senate hopeful] Michelle Nunn and [gubernatorial candidate] Jason Carter. … The second thing it’s designed to do is to generate an interest in the primary [among Democrats],” Towery said. “Michelle Nunn faces nominal opposition in the primary and Carter is unopposed. … It’s all issues to get the Democrats’ base out in November.
“It is also for people who may be on the fence and may lean toward Democrats based on these questions. It’s really more about turnout than making an impact. And the Democrats are not in control of the [Georgia] House, Senate or the governor’s office. It’s designed to turn out various groups, to get them to go to the polls.”