Georgia Primary

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Politics by chamblee54 on May 24, 2022

The excuses were exhausted. It was time to vote. The polling place is a short walk from the house, which came in handy. There are two districts voting at this precinct. I went to the wrong one first. Walking to the other side of the school, I was mumbling about republican voter suppression.

I got to the cafetorium, and let the lady scan my ID. When she asked me to choose a republican or democratic ballot, I realized that I left my reading glasses at home. This is the first election after cataract surgery, and I am not in the habit of taking reading glasses everywhere I go. Another trip down the path was required.

The Republicans usually have more action than Democrats. Their ballot had a couple of races that I knew about, and a host of judges, commissioners, and school board members. When in doubt, vote against the incumbent. If there is no incumbent, vote for the the person with the coolest name.

Advisory Questions are a festive part of the primary election experience. “Biological males who identify as females have begun competing in female sports. Should schools in Georgia allow biological males to compete in female sports?” Republicans know how to have a good time.

After the selections are made, you print a paper ballot. This is a two sided copy, with a QR code, and your choices. You take this ballot to a box, where you feed it to a set of rollers. This is a new system, and has not been used in a high volume election yet. To this voter, it seems like a lot of moving parts. There are many parts that can break down, and lead to lengthy delays in voting. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.”

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