Do’s and don’ts of voting in Georgia’s presidential primary

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Do’s and don’ts of voting in Georgia’s presidential primary

Before visiting the polls to vote in Georgia’s presidential primary on Tuesday March 1 (and in turn, the larger SEC Primary) here are a few things you should know.  

When polls open at 7 a.m. on Super Tuesday, Georgia voters will determine how the state’s 193 delegates get divvied up. Super Tuesday elections are happening across the South, most notably in Texas.

Polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and there’s no early voting on Monday. The state’s 21 days of early voting ended on Friday so it’s Tuesday or bust. 

What to bring with you

Georgia requires voters to show photo identification when they vote in person. Approved forms of identification include a Georgia driver's license, even if it's expired; a state-issued voter identification card; a valid U.S. passport; and a valid U.S. military photo ID.

At the polls, pick one ballot

Because the state conducts an "open" primary, voters may vote on a ballot of any party – you make your choice at the polls. You cannot, however, vote in more than one party's primary.

So, once you pick a ballot, you have to stick with that same political party even if there is a runoff (in other words, you can't cast a Republican ballot in the main primary but then vote in a Democratic runoff). 

To do before you go

Voters can see personalized sample ballots and verify their registration status on the secretary of state's "My Voter Page" website.

Information about local elections and your “My Voter Page” can also be found on the state's "GA Votes" mobile application. You can download the free app for both Apple and Android operating systems using either the iTunes app store for an iPhone or iPad or Google Play for Android.

Also worth reviewing before voting: the Georgia Voter Guide, a product of the League of Women Voters of Georgia and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Don’t make these mistakes

Sorry, no selfies allowed. That’s right, voting booths are just another of the many places in which you can’t bring your selfie stick or selfie arm.

Georgia code stipulates that “no elector shall use photographic or other electronic monitoring or recording devices or cellular telephones while such elector is within the enclosed space in a polling place."

So basically, if you’re taking a photo of your ballot, a photo of you and your ballot or just a selfie of you proudly performing your civic duty then you’ll be breaking this law. So resist the urge to selfie and instead tell us #WhyIvoted after you vote.

Georgia law also prohibits display of political speech in a polling place. So no T-shirts, buttons or fliers featuring a candidate or position on a ballot question. 

After you vote

Post the peach: What major issue is on your mind as you pick either a Democratic or Republican candidate as your official vote for the party’s nominee? Let us know what brought you out to the polls via the hashtag #WhyIvoted. Post a photo to Instagram, to show us the reason you took to the polls. Or, take to Twitter to tell us what brought you out on Tuesday via the same hashtag.

Problem at the polls

If you see or experience problems, first contact your local elections office. If local officials can’t help, the secretary of state’s office has an online complaint form via the “elections” tab at www.sos.ga.gov. You can also report your problems to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by clicking here

Staff writer Kristina Torres contributed to this report.

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