Legislators encourage Gwinnettians to go to polls for MARTA vote

By Curt Yeomans

Gwinnett Daily Post

Several Gwinnett County legislators had one message for voters as they addressed reporters in the rotunda of the state Capitol on Monday: Go vote.

The legislators, led by state Sens. Zahra Karinshak, D-Duluth, and Sheikh Rahman, D-Lawrenceville, held the press conference at the Capitol to mark the first day of early voting in Gwinnett for the special election on the county’s MARTA referendum. Voters are being asked to approve a 38-year contract between Gwinnett and MARTA.

Approval of the contract by voters means Gwinnett will join MARTA and a 1 percent sales tax will be levied until 2057 to pay for the county’s participation in the regional transit system.

“It’s critical that voters in Gwinnett make their voices heard on an infrastructure proposal that affect traffic, the economy and the environment,” Karinshak said.

Officially the referendum special election is set for March 19, but Gwinnett is now in a three-week early voting period where voters who cannot make it to the polls on election day can come out and cast a ballot in advance.

Molly Bloom