Gwinnett County residents will vote March 19 on whether to enact a 1 percent sales tax to pay for transit operations and projects, as well as whether to enact a contract between MARTA and Gwinnett County. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
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Photo: Amanda.Coyne@coxinc.com

Election 2019: What to know about elections in metro Atlanta

Voters in Gwinnett County will start the 2019 election year in March with a referendum on joining the transit network served by MARTA. Most other voters in metro Atlanta have nothing on the ballot until the fall.

The historic Gwinnett MARTA election will decide if Georgia’s second most populous county will join the MARTA system and add a 1 percent sales tax countywide to pay for transit improvements.

2019 is an off-year election, falling between the governor’s race balloting in 2018 and the upcoming presidential election in 2020.

> Georgia has set March 24 as the date for its 2020 presidential primary

Most of the voting in metro Atlanta this year will involve city government elections. Many metro cities will hold elections for mayor and city council on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

One notable exception is the city of Atlanta. The next election for mayor and council in the city of Atlanta will be in 2021. (Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, you may recall, was elected in 2017.)

Gwinnett MARTA vote

Early voting begins Feb. 25 for the Gwinnett MARTA referendum. The referendum election day is Tuesday, March 19. If the referendum is approved, Gwinnett will join DeKalb, Fulton and Clayton counties as members of MARTA. A yes vote would also approve a new 1 percent sales tax in Gwinnett County to pay for transit projects and operations in the county.

> RELATED: Read more about the Gwinnett MARTA vote

> In-depth: Gwinnett’s MARTA ballot question doesn’t mention MARTA — or taxes

Gwinnett voters, AJC panel discuss questions about MARTA referendum

Updates and news about the Gwinnett MARTA expansion vote from the AJC

Other March 19 elections

Special elections will be held on Tuesday, March 19 in:

Clayton County: Referendum asking to renew the 1 percent e-SPLOST, or Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, for Clayton County Schools. The current e-SPLOST, approved in 2013, expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Atlanta: Electing one city council member, Council District 3. The seat was left vacant by the death of Councilman Ivory lee Young Jr.

Hapeville: Electing one alderman at large.

Cherokee County: Special election in County Commission District 3

Early voting information

Gwinnett County early voting dates and locations

Atlanta City Council District 3 early voting information

Hapeville alderman special election early voting information

Clayton County early voting dates and locations

Cherokee County early voting dates and locations

Who may vote?

To vote, you must be registered. Eligible registered voters must also live in city, county or district where the vote is taking place. To register, or to confirm that you are registered, check with your county elections office, or go online to the Georgia Elections Office overseen by Georgia's Secretary of State. 

Other 2019 election dates

The 2019 election calendar is set by each county’s board of elections, based on a statewide calendar of available election dates. City elections are sometimes handled by the city clerk instead of the county. If local or state special elections are needed between now and the November general election, they would fall on one of these dates, according to Georgia’s Secretary of State, who oversees elections:

Tuesday, March 19.

Tuesday, June 18.

Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. If runoffs are needed, they will be Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Future Atlanta and Georgia elections

The next elections for president will be in 2020, starting with Georgia’s presidential primary, usually scheduled early in the year. The next elections for the Georgia Legislature and U.S. Congress and Senate are also in 2020.

The next elections for Georgia governor and other state constitutional offices will be in 2022. Gov. Brian Kemp was elected in 2018.

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