Upcoming Elections in Georgia

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

On Election Day, polling places in Georgia are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are 75 years of age or older or have a disability and you show up at the polling place between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you will not be required to wait in line. Such voters should tell a poll officer if he or she wants to move to the front of the line.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.mvp.sos.ga.gov 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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

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
  • 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
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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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Georgia does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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