DEAR EDITOR:

If you plan on voting in person at the polls for the Cobb Primary Election, look at the Democrat and Republican sample ballots. The links to these ballots are on this site:

Both ballots have nonbinding “party questions” in the middle of each ballot. The Democrat ballot has 11 questions amid 90+ candidates to choose from and the Republican ballot has 4 questions amid 80+ candidates. The “questions” are NOT identified as “nonbinding” and the questions are quite misleading and complex and have nothing to do with selecting party candidates for office.

Read the questions and time how long it takes you to read, understand and make a choice of YES or NO. Now picture yourself waiting in line at the poll behind people who may or may not have some college-level civics education. Better bring a chair and pack lunch and/or dinner.

There are several major problems with the “questions”:

1. Why are these nonbinding questions on a primary election ballot? The questions’ wording, placement on the ballot and no mention that they are nonbinding seems to be voter suppression tactics.

2. Why do we have to pay for political messages and survey management in the election? Doesn’t seem legal. If I were a candidate or candidate supporter, I would get with other candidates and go to court to have these “questions” (promotions) removed.

Tom Hamm

Marietta

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