Getting on the ballot and getting the ballot right
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 8

Getting on the Ballot and Getting the Ballot Right PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 78 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Getting on the Ballot and Getting the Ballot Right. Che Watkins June 25, 2013. Getting on the Ballot. 2007 - Introduced regional transportation funding legislation; no vote taken in House or Senate; study committee created.

Download Presentation

Getting on the Ballot and Getting the Ballot Right

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Getting on the ballot and getting the ballot right

Getting on the Ballot and Getting the Ballot Right

Che Watkins

June 25, 2013


Getting on the ballot

Getting on the Ballot

  • 2007 - Introduced regional transportation funding legislation; no vote taken in House or Senate; study committee created.

  • 2008 - Reintroduced regional transportation funding legislation; passed in the House (134-35) but failed to win 2/3 vote in Senate (35-18, failed by 3).

  • 2009 - The Senate passed a regional transportation funding measure by a vote of 53-2 and the House passed a separate statewide funding proposal by a vote of 149-18. A conference committee was unable to reach a compromise between the two mechanisms.

  • 2010 - The Georgia General Assembly passed the Transportation Investment Act. The House vote was 141-29 and the Senate vote was 43-8.


Ballot language

Ballot Language

Ballot Question: “Shall _____County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation sales and use tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of ten years?”

Preamble:

“Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”


The hand you are dealt

The Hand You Are Dealt

  • Election date

  • Size of region

  • Project selection process

  • Sunset date

  • Timeline

  • Exemptions


What you can control

What You Can Control

  • Governance – 501 c(3) and 501 c(4)

    (Citizens for Transportation Mobility and the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network)

  • Budget and fundraising

    ($8.8 million total)

  • Community outreach

    (First Friday Group – over 150 organizations)

  • Messaging

    (Keep it simple – what’s in it for me?)


Budget and fundraising 8 8 million

Budget and Fundraising ($8.8 million)

  • Targeted mail (1.3M+ pieces; 20k handwritten postcards)

  • Social Media, web/online (28M+ impressions)

  • Broadcast (network, cable, radio)

  • Corporate program (350+ companies)

  • Outdoor (100+ boards)

  • Field teams (26 FTEs)

  • Speakers bureau (800+ presentations)

  • Phones (2 million robocalls, 300k personal)


Key messaging

Key Messaging

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

  • Less Traffic, More Jobs, Get Home Faster

  • Need to keep Atlanta a Competitive Place that can create jobs

  • Need to take steps toward a modern, clean and fast transit system for the entire region


And sometimes final vote 37 63

And Sometimes…Final Vote 37-63

  • First-ever Regional Referenda for Georgia

  • Complex Issue

  • Economic conditions

  • Trust in government

  • Media

  • Opposition

  • No obvious “Champions” for entire region

  • Large, Diverse Region (45% of GA population)


  • Login