Every voter experiences it: You go to polls to exercise that most precious right only to find you've never even heard of half the offices on the ballot, much less the candidates.
Allow us to be of some assistance. Here's our best take on the contests in Fulton County. In the interest of time and space, we've only included contests in which you'll actually have a choice; you're on your own when it comes to voting for (or not voting) for unopposed candidates.
Where we feel confident we've done enough research, we're passing on to you our suggestions. Where we don't know enough, we're not yet making a recommendation. But be sure to check back before you go to vote; we'll update the Cheat Sheet right up until Nov. 4.
President/Vice President: Barack Obama/Joe Biden
U.S. Senate: Jim Martin
Public Service commissioner (to succeed H. Doug Everett): John H. Monds
Public service commissioner (to succeed Angela Elizabeth Speir): Jim Powell
U.S. House of Representatives (you'll vote in one of the following districts):
District 5 (central part of county): John Lewis
District 6 (northern part of county): Bill Jones
District 13 (southern part of county): David Scott
State Senate (you'll vote in one of the following districts):
District 32 (most of Sandy Springs): Chris Cameron
District 56 (Roswell, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs): Akhtar Sadiq
Candidates for other state Senate seats are unopposed.
State House of Representatives (you'll vote in one of the following districts):
District 44 (West Atlanta): NO RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME
District 47 (Alpharetta): Tony Patel
Candidates for other state House are unopposed.
Sheriff: Theodore Jackson
Surveyor: NO RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME
Candidates for other county offices are unopposed.
Court of Appeals of Georgia: Michael Meyer von Bremen
Candidates for other Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are unopposed.
Superior Court (countywide)
(to succeed T. Jackson Bedford): NO RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME
(to succeed Thelma Wyatt Cummings-Moore): NO RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME
Candidates for other Superior Court judgeships are unopposed.
State Court (countywide): NO RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME
Candidates for other State Court and Probate Court judgeships are unopposed.
School Board: NO RECOMMENDATIONS
Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor: NO RECOMMENDATIONS
Proposed constitutional amendments (statewide)
1 (forest conservation tax breaks): Yes
2 (school tax funds for community redevelopment): Yes
3 ("infrastructure development districts," or private cities): No
Union City special exemptions: NO RECOMMENDATION