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What's on your Georgia ballot besides candidates in the 2018 midterms?

Miles Garrett (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Georgians have been lining up in record numbers to vote early for the 2018 midterms, and there are plenty of issues on the ballot aside from who will be the state's next governor.

"One of the things that's wonderful about our system in Georgia and the United States is that we ask people to vote on a lot of things. One of the problems with that - it requires voters to have a lot of information to make decisions," said Dr. Chris Grant.

Georgia voters will see a number of constitutional amendments at the end of their ballots that some say take a couple of times to read over.

"It took a few times to read it to understand it. What they were trying to say, what they were trying to ask," said Daniel Mason.

"If you're a not a reader then you might find it a little confusing," said Cedric Walker.

These Macon voters had to read over eight amendments on the Georgia ballot. They said the amendments are little wordy, and can be a little hard to understand for anybody.

"I thought the amendments were really difficultly worded and I have a Masters in English so I'm quite a reader," said Olivia Williams.

"I think they're so confusing and I might just be naturally suspicious when it leads with 'Do we want fair distribution for schools?' You think, 'Well who wouldn't?'," said Ramona Sheridan.

"You shouldn't have a law degree to vote in a general election. Not being worded clearly is an impediment to a fair election," Williams said.

Some polling locations have seen longer lines because of these last few options, which include issues like tax exemptions for the mentally disabled, business courts to promote judicial outcomes and fair allocation of sales tax to city school districts.

Dr. Grant said that there's nothing sneaky about these amendments - but added that it's important to always stay informed on the issues your community is voting on.

"I didn't see anything that was trying to sneak something by you. But sometimes there are and sometimes we need a little better education to know what's going on, but these seem pretty straightforward to me," Grant said.

One thing does remain clear for voters in Georgia though, as voters Williams and Sheridan said together: "Go out and vote! Go out and vote!"



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