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Senator Ed Harbison  
Georgia Senate
432 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
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Senator  Ed Harbison

The General Election is nearly here as we move into the last official weekend of campaigning. In what has turned out to be a rather heated election, Georgian's turn out the vote in record numbers. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO EARLY VOTE. 

To date, the website  Georgia Votes , shows that so far in 2018 over 1.8 million people have voted early. At this point in 2014, that number was 801,147 which means the turnout for 2018, thus far, is over 125% higher than our last Gubernatorial election. This is exciting news as most Americans do not exercise their right to vote.

If you choose to vote through Absentee Ballot, please review requirements to ensure your ballot is received. Your ballot must be received by election day, November 6, to your County Registrar. 

This months update covers the amendments and referendums on this year's ballot. You can read my full update below. 

As always, it is my honor to serve you and our great district! If you need anything at all, feel free to contact us at anytime. May God bless each and every one of you!

Ed Harbison
Senator of Georgia's 15th District
Amendment Overview

Governor Deal Calls Special Session

We recently received news that Governor Deal has called a Special Session set to convene one week after the election, November 13th. The Georgia General Assembly will be reviewing budget changes due to the devastation recently caused by historic Hurricane Michael. Per Georgia law, we will be required to meet at least five days. I will of course keep you updated on any other pertinent news which may arise during the Special Session. 

As released October 23, from the press office of Governor Deal...
Gov. Nathan Deal today notified House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that he plans to call for a special legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. The special session is set to convene on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

"Georgia was severely impacted by Hurricane Michael and many communities across our state sustained heavy financial losses," said Deal. "In response, I will ask the General Assembly to take immediate action and lead the way in spurring rapid economic recovery for southwest Georgia communities. Our state budget also needs to be amended to ensure that we adequately cover our obligations. I hope to work quickly with the General Assembly in the coming days to provide support to the Georgia communities that need it most." 

The regular session of the 2018 General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 29, 2018. Article V, Section II, Paragraph VII of the Constitution of the State of Georgia grants the governor the power to convene a special session of the General Assembly.