Election Day in Georgia: What voters need to know

Midterm Election Day in Georgia is Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

Midterm Election Day in Georgia, Tuesday, Nov. 6, includes the Georgia governor’s race, the Eagle’s Landing cityhood referendum and a tax referendum for cities in Fulton County, including Atlanta. And much more is on the ballot.

If you are voting on Tuesday, this guide has answers to questions about the election.

When can I vote? Polls open at 7 a.m. Polls close at 7 p.m. If you are already in line before the polls close at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. 

Where do I vote? Each registered voter has an assigned voting location or precinct. To find your polling location, use the Georgia My Voter page from the Georgia Elections Office.  The voter registration deadline was Oct. 9, 2018.

Do I need to bring ID?

Yes, you do. Six kinds of photo identification are accepted in Georgia: a state driver’s license, a state or federal ID card (including student IDs from Georgia colleges and universities), a valid employee ID from any government agency, a U.S. passport, a U.S. military ID or a tribal photo ID.

What is on the ballot?

Depending on where you live, there are contested races for county commissions and school boards, the Georgia Legislature and Congress. There are also local and state referendums to consider and elections for a list of statewide offices starting with governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

Referendum questions include five statewide consitutional amendments and two more statewide questions. Many city and county governments have referendums for Sunday Alcohol sales, the so-called Brunch Bill, allowing early sales on Sunday mornings at restaurants.

ON THE BALLOT: More details about what’s on the ballot, including governor

LOCAL BALLOTS: Details on county and local elections, including the Brunch Bill referendum and Eagles Landing cityhood referendum.

AMENDMENTS: Guide to the statewide constitutional amendments

VOTER GUIDE: The AJC Voter Guide from the League of Women Voters

WRITE-IN? How to vote for a write-in candidate in Georgia

What about voting problems and on-hold voter registrations?

Voter registration issues have been much in the news in Georgia this year. Before you go to the voting precinct, you can check online to confirm that you are registered and to confirm your voting location. Here is an article about other voter issues, including purged voter registration, the exact match law, laws for new citizens and policies relating to provisional ballots.

Can I take a selfie while voting?

No. Georgia law prohibits the taking of cell phone photos near voting booths, including your own voting booth. So “selfies” at the ballot box are against the law.

Where can I find a sample ballot?

The Georgia My Voter web page from the Georgia Elections office is a good place to find a sample ballot that includes the races and ballot questions that apply to your election precinct. Some county elections offices post generic or consolidated sample ballots that include all elections in that county. The only caution is that these generic ballots will include races and ballot questions that may be for voters in other precincts but not yours.

GEORGIA ELECTION RESULTS

The AJC will be updating election news from the candidates and the voting precincts until the polls close, with updated election results starting after 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For the latest news and election results, visit ajc.com or the AJC Breaking News app.

AJC’s Politically Georgia site is providing in-depth news, results and analysis from the midterm elections in Georgia and across the U.S, including expanded coverage of Georgia’s key election races and issues.

RELATED 

AJC Voter Guide from the League of Women Voters

On the ballot: Find candidates, referendum questions and related articles

How and where do I vote?

Georgia General Election news and updates

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