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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.

2015 Important Events Calendar

January 2015 Dates
First day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the November general election. O.C.G.A.January 1, 2015 -
Governor-Elect, Nathan Deal - Republican, Inauguration DateJanuary 12, 2015
February 2015 Dates
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the March special election and runoff. O.C.G.A.February 17, 2015
Advance Voting for March special election begins.February 23, 2015
March 2015 Dates
Special Election (To fill vacancies and propose questions)March 17, 2015
April 2015 Dates
Special Runoff DateApril 14, 2015
May 2015 Dates
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the June special election and runoffMay 18, 2015
Advance Voting for June special election beginsMay 26, 2015
June 2015 Dates
Special Election (To fill vacancies)June 16, 2015
July 2015 Dates
Special Runoff DateJuly 14, 2015
August 2015 Dates
Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the September special election and runoff. August 17, 2015
Advance Voting for September special election begins.August 24, 2015
Municipal Qualifying period for general election candidates.August 31, 2015 -
September 2015 Dates
Municipal Qualifying period for general election candidates. September 4, 2015
Last day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the general/special election.September 11, 2015
Special Election (To fill vacancies)September 15, 2015
October 2015 Dates
Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the general/special election and runoff. October 5, 2015
Advance Voting for general election begins.October 12, 2015
Special Runoff Date October 13, 2015
November 2015 Dates
Alpharetta Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: David Christian Belle Isle - Population(57,551)
November 3, 2015
Valdosta Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: John W. Gayle - Population(54,518)
November 3, 2015
Albany Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Dorothy Hubbard - Population(77,434)
November 3, 2015
Gainesville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: C. Danny Dunagan, Jr. - Population(34,422)
November 3, 2015
City of Mountain Park Municipal Election
Frank Baia
Marvin N. Penick
Jim Still, Jr. (incumbent)

Rob Belser
Gladney Cooper (incumbent)
Robert DeLaSalle
Linda Dorough Dixon
Patricia Mashburn
Mark C. Murphy
Dylan Penick
November 3, 2015
Savannah Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Edna Jackson - Population(136,286)
November 3, 2015
Hinesville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James Thomas, Jr. - Population(33,437)
November 3, 2015
Douglasville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Harvey Persons - Population(31,269)
November 3, 2015
Dunwoody Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mike Davis - Population(46,267)
November 3, 2015
General/ Special ElectionNovember 3, 2015
Smyrna Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: A. Max Bacon - Population(51,271)
November 3, 2015
December 2015 Dates
General/ Special RunoffDecember 1, 2015

2016 Important Events Calendar

January 2016 Dates
General Election Runoff Date for Federal OfficesJanuary 10, 2016
March 2016 Dates
Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election March 1, 2016
November 2016 Dates
General Election DayNovember 8, 2016
December 2016 Dates
General Election Runoff Date for Local and State OfficesDecember 6, 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to check your Voter registration status,Mail-In application and ballot status,Poll location,Early voting locations and more. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Georgia: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls

  • Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 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. If you have questions, need more information or have difficulty getting a FREE Voter Identification Card, you can contact your county registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at:
    Telephone (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
    Telephone (404) 656-2871
    V/TTY: (404) 656-1787
    Fax: (404) 651-9531
  • 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 Voter 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

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 Voter Identification Card. An identification card can be issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services Office free of charge.

Click here for additional info

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