Georgia Dates

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Georgia Elections Schedule

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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the March Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election. January 12, 2016
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election and March Special Election Runoff. February 1, 2016
Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. February 8, 2016
Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. February 20, 2016
March 29, 2016 - Special Runoff Election
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election and March Special Election Runoff.February 1, 2016
May 24, 2016 - General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Runoff Election
Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot by 9:00pmMarch 7, 2016
Earliest day for a Non-Partisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. by 9:00pmMarch 7, 2016
Last day for a Non-Partisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. by 12:00pmMarch 11, 2016
Last day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. By 12:00 NoonMarch 11, 2016
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/ Special ElectionApril 5, 2016
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election and Runoff Election. April 26, 2016
Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election.May 2, 2016
Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special ElectionMay 14, 2016
July 26, 2016 - State Primary Runoff
Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Runoff Election. July 5, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot 9:00pmJune 27, 2016
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. . By 12:00 NoonJuly 1, 2016
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. . By 12:00 NoonJuly 12, 2016
Last day to file the notice of intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice publishedSeptember 6, 2016
Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published.September 12, 2016
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election/November Special ElectionSeptember 20, 2016
Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election/November Special Election /Runoff Election. October 11, 2016
Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election/November Special Election.October 17, 2016
Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election Runoff/November Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices.October 29, 2016
December 6, 2016 - General Election Runoff Date for Local and State Offices
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff of Federal Offices.November 22, 2016
Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election Runoff for Federal OfficesDecember 19, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Peachtree Corners Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mike Mason - Population(31,704)
March 15, 2016
  • Macon Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Robert A.B. Reichert - Population(154,721)
May 3, 2016
  • Brookhaven Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Rebecca Chase Williams - Population(49,000)
    November
  • Kennesaw Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mark Mathews - Population(30,990)
    Mayor Mathews will not seek re-election.
November 8, 2016

Georgia law (O.C.G.A ยง 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person. This website is just one part of our comprehensive outreach and education program to ensure that citizens are aware of the photo identification requirement. Electronic versions of publications and press releases pertaining to this requirement are available here as well

You are not required to provide identification when you vote absentee by mail

What IDs are acceptable

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID

Bring one of these six forms of identification to vote.

Georgia's Voter Identification Card

If you do not have one of the six acceptable forms of photo ID, the State of Georgia offers a free ID Card. An ID card can be issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services Office free of charge.

To receive a voter identification card, the voter must provide:

  • A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
  • Documentation showing the voter's date of birth
  • Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
  • Documentation showing the applicant's name and residential address

Click here for additional information

Georgia Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Georgia 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Georgia. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Georgia's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Georgia US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Georgia US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Johnny Isakson, is running for re-election to a third term in office. On November 2, 2010, Johnny Isakson won the election to the United States Senate with 58.3% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Michael Thumond, who came in a distant second with 39.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Georgia)

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TIME OFF FOR VOTING:

Each employee in this state shall, upon reasonable notice to his or her employer, be permitted by his or her employer to take any necessary time off from his or her employment to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which such employee is qualified and registered to vote on the day on which such primary or election is held; provided, however, that such necessary time off shall not exceed two hours; and provided, further, that, if the hours of work of such employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least two hours prior to the closing of the polls, then the time off for voting as provided for in this Code section shall not be available. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself as provided in this Code section.

Important Note:

While we are working to give you up-to-date information, we urge you to be proactive! In order to ensure you have all the information you need before casting your vote, you should also check with your state and local election officials for information about additional requirements or regulations.

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