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Mayors consider extending voter registration initiative
by Angela Spencer
December 31, 2012 12:15 PM | 2871 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One year ago, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections started the North Fulton County Voter Education, Registration and Participation Initiative.

Between that time and the November election voter education and registration opportunities sprang up across north Fulton.

The initiative is now officially over, but the mayors in Alpharetta, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs have been approached with the idea to continue those efforts through an intergovernmental agreement or some similar cost-sharing agreement between the cities.

Julia Reed, voter education specialist and the leader of the original initiative, told the mayors at the North Fulton Municipal Association meeting Dec. 20 that after the past year she has come up with two strategies to help improve voter participation in north Fulton: adding an “inclusive element” to north Fulton and making the North Fulton Municipal Association a regional voice for the northern half of the county.

“The north Fulton ‘brand’ is an incredible brand,” Reed said. “But in our own backyard we have a challenge.”

She said that one thing she has not come across but could be beneficial is “an element of the north Fulton county brand that addresses inclusiveness, which consistently describes our community as one that is culturally, racially, socio-economically diverse.”

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood said he liked the idea of focusing on inclusiveness within the community and believes the voter registration efforts are important to north Fulton.

“I think if you do this campaign right it’s not just a campaign for voter registration, it’s a campaign for north Fulton County,” he said.

Reed suggested the voter registration initiative continue through either the North Fulton Municipal Association or through the cities partnering together to hire a voter education specialist for the area.

The mayors did not make a decision at the meeting but instead asked her to prepare a refined proposition for one of their future monthly meetings, giving the cities time to ask specific questions about how such an initiative could be funded and managed.

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