Why Local Elections Matter


The changes that most affect our day-to-day lives are often closer to our backyards than to Washington. We’re talking about local elections.

Georgia primary elections for governor, secretary of state, and other state and congressional offices will be held May 22. Georgians will also cast their votes for judicial offices in local courts, commissioners, and educational board candidates.

Our local elected officials are the ones who dictate the local laws, policies, and budgets that affect us the most.

Local politics influence all of the decisions that have a direct impact on our day-to-day lives, from the streets we drive on to policing and public safety, school quality, affordable housing and public transit. The list goes on and all of these decisions also have a direct impact on property values.

Unfortunately, local elected officials are being elected often with little citizen involvement. Typically, just 1 in 5 voters participate in local elections, which means your vote at the local level can have an even bigger impact. 

Your vote will make a difference!