GFB encourages Georgians to vote with I Farm. I Vote. campaign
Georgia Farm Bureau is urging all Georgia citizens to be participants in their democratic process, to make their voice known on Nov. 6, when the state will elect its next governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, along with many other state and national elected officials. It is a serious responsibility.
“Georgia Farm Bureau is nonpartisan and has a long-standing record of working with officials from all parties,” said GFB President Gerald Long. “Our organization is not endorsing any candidate, but we are encouraging all Georgians involved with agriculture or who live in rural communities to take your civic right to vote seriously, research where the candidates stand on issues important to rural Georgia and to vote.”
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 and early voting begins Oct. 15. GFB has launched a website, www.ifarmivoteGa.com, to assist Georgia’s voters in these areas. The site will provide information about how and where to register to vote, and the locations of local voting precincts.
GFB is asking its members to participate in the campaign by downloading the I Farm. I Vote. sign from the website and having their picture made with it to be posted on their social media accounts. I Farm. I Vote. graphics suitable for Facebook and Twitter posts are also available on the website.
According to the United States Election Project, in the non-presidential election in 2014, the last election for Georgia governor, only 38.6 percent of Georgia citizens eligible to vote submitted ballots. Statistics from the office of the Georgia Secretary of State indicate turnout among registered voters was 50.3 percent, and in 88 of Georgia’s 159 counties the turnout was less than 50 percent.
The Georgia governor’s race gets the most attention and understandably so. The Georgia governorship is among the most powerful nationwide, with the responsibility of appointing hundreds of key positions throughout state government.
The importance of the election in November goes well beyond the gubernatorial campaign. There are numerous “down the ballot” races for local, state and national elected positions, which makes it vitally important that rural Georgians take the time to become informed about issues and candidates, to register and show up to vote.