Hold Elections on Even Years
If low turnout in early voting is any indication, odds are not many Georgians will be going to the polls this election day for municipal elections.
The races at city hall are just as important as those for seats in Washington and in Atlanta.
Therefore these city elections should be moved to the even years when voters are paying more attention to politics. And more voters are going to the polls.
Moving municipal elections to off years does ease workload for those who have to count the votes.
However, today’s computer technology should make it easier to add city elections to the ballot in traditional election years.
The Albany Police Department is starting a business watch. It’s a crime prevention program for businesses modeled after the popular neighborhood watch that protects residential areas. It’s a great idea. Unfortunately, it’s not catching on as well as it should.
At an organizational meeting last week in east Albany, a place hit hard by business burglaries recently, only five business owners showed up. That’s a shame.
The program could give owners tips to protect their businesses and teach them to work with their neighbors to make their areas safer.
Business owners often complain about crime. Business watch is a chance for them to do something about it, and every owner should take advantage of it and get involved.