Early voting begins in Georgia for mayors and city councils

Kimberly Underwood, left, and her sister Mary Wallace Underwood leave the Buckhead Library after casting their ballots on Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 2 elections. Early voting will run 
 through Oct. 29. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

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Kimberly Underwood, left, and her sister Mary Wallace Underwood leave the Buckhead Library after casting their ballots on Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 2 elections. Early voting will run through Oct. 29. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

How to vote in advance of election day

UPDATE: Early voting for the Nov. 30 runoff elections begin Wednesday, Nov. 17 in many places, including the Atlanta city runoff elections. To check if you are eligible to vote in a runoff election and find early voting information for your county, visit the state’s My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Voters must cast ballots in the counties where they’re registered.

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Early voting locations opened across Georgia on Tuesday, kicking off a three-week sprint before election day on Nov. 2.

Featuring the race for mayor of Atlanta and local contests statewide, the elections will be the first time many voters go to the polls since the General Assembly passed Georgia’s new voting law in March. Voters will decide on mayors, city councils, school boards and tax referendums.

Early voting locations, hours and sample ballots are available online on the state’s My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Voters must cast ballots in the counties where they’re registered.

The Atlanta mayoral runoff election

The Atlanta mayor’s race will require a runoff election on Nov. 30 between Felicia Moore and a Andre Dickens. A number of other metro area races will also require runoffs.

TUESDAY, Nov 16: Mayoral runoff election debate live stream on AJC.com

The 7 p.m. event featuring candidates Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore will be hosted by The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series, in partnership with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Visit the debate page on ajc.com to watch the a replay.

AJC Voter Guide: What metro Atlanta voters need to know about the Nov. 30 runoff

ATLANTA: THE RACE FOR CITY HALL How Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore are differentiating themselves

ELSEWHERE: Several mayoral, council races proceed to runoffs in metro Atlanta

FULL COVERAGE of the Atlanta mayoral election


ExploreAJC voter guides for the Nov. 30 runoff election

Changes to voting laws affect early voting in several ways.

The minimum early voting hours are set at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and counties can offer up to 12 hours of daily early voting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In previous elections, early voting times were required “during normal business hours,” but those hours weren’t defined.

Early voting will also be offered on two Saturdays, and local election offices have the option of providing voting hours on Sundays as well. Before the law, one Saturday of early voting was required.

Early voting is available from Oct. 12 to Oct. 29.

ExploreHow Georgia’s voting law works

Absentee ballots are also being mailed to voters this week. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before election day, on Oct. 22, and completed ballots must be received at local election offices before polls close.

Voters can return absentee ballots through the mail or in drop boxes, but fewer ballot drop boxes are available this year, and voters can no longer use them to return ballots in the final days of the election.

Georgia’s voting law prohibits drop boxes from being used except during early voting hours, and they can only be located inside early voting locations. The number of drop boxes in each county is capped at one for every 100,000 active voters or the number of early voting locations. Every county must install at least one drop box.

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How to vote early in Georgia

  • Voters can find voting locations, hours and sample ballots on the state’s My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
  • Many counties and cities also provide election information on their websites.
  • Early voting locations will be open from Oct. 12 to Oct. 29.
  • Absentee ballots can be requested until Oct. 22, and completed ballots must be received at local election offices before polls close on election day Nov. 2.