Voting and Decorations

The polls were open again today in Georgia.  Georgia has a law that a candidate must get 50 percent of the vote plus one to become a winner in the general election.  When none of the candidates reach that total, there’s a runoff between the top two finishers.    There were 3 races on the ballot at my polling place.  We fuzzed the picture to obscure faces of the poll workers and voters.  All 3 decided today were runoffs for judicial posts:  a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and a local state court judge’s position in Cobb county.  Not many people came.  Poll workers were estimating around a 4 or 5 percent turnout in my precinct.  Perhaps people are beginning to care more about the upcoming Christmas season than who the judges are.   Ornaments have replaced the falling leaves on this tree.  Like the falling leaves, the ornaments soon will come down, but the judges elected today will be making decisions for the next 4 years or more…decisions that will affect the lives of many people.

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