Voter engagement in March 21 special election by Mike Stachura, FV Community Chair
On March 21, Fayette County held a special election for the special projects local option sales tax. This is the first SPLOST to pass since 2004. Fayette County’s 11-percent turnout was better than other counties with SPLOSTs held on the same day and was the same as the municipal elections in Fayette County in 2015.
Voter turnout in any election that does not include national elections has a significantly lower turn out and this election was no different. Last year provided a great example of this. Georgia held a special presidential primary on March 1 and Fayette County voter turnout was 51.4 percent. The May 24 regular primary included local, state and federal seats, excluding the president and Fayette County’s turnout there was half of the presidential-only primary at 25.1 percent.
Except for the impact of income tax, local government has the greatest impact on the local residents. They make decisions for schools, land use, permitting and delivery of services that protects person and property safe. Fayette County’s municipal elections will happen this fall. If you are not registered, please do so. If you really want to make an impact, consider running for office!
In other news related to Fayette Visioning’s Community goals, Piedmont Fayette was named, for the third year in a row, one of the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. and Fayette County remains the third healthiest county in Georgia.