It’s Election Season!
The ACC Board of Elections scheduled early voting dates for Georgia’s March 12 presidential primary to start on Monday, February 19. They also established a new early voting location at the Miriam Moore Community Center (410 McKinley Drive).
Since voting precincts have recently changed, every registered voter will receive a new voter registration card in the mail by early February. ACC asks that all voters check their cards to ensure they know their voting locations. The location on the card only applies to election day and does not affect early voting.
The deadline to register to vote for the presidential primary election is Monday, February 12.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Friday, March 1.
In Georgia, you do not need an excuse to request an absentee ballot, but the ACC Registrar’s Office must receive your ballot before the polls close on election day to be counted.
The ACC Board of Elections is also gearing up for a senior community engagement effort which will include sending out mailers to churches, senior centers and retirement facilities. They also plan to go to these venues in person and educate seniors about the absentee ballot voting process. These sessions will include instruction on the proper way to complete and return an absentee ballot as well as the information required on the outer envelope (e.g., driver’s license or state ID number, date of birth, last four digits of social security number and where to sign).
Before every election, the board completes a logic and accuracy testing verification process. This test confirms that the voting equipment is working correctly and that the ballot information is loaded properly on all voting machines. The test will be held at 2555 Lexington Road on January 29 starting at 10 am and is open to the public.
The board has a number of other activities they need to complete before the election begins. For example, they are surveying polling locations to make sure they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They’re also getting dual Spanish and English language signs for every precinct (e.g., “Vote Here”) and meeting with public safety agencies like the ACC Police and Fire Departments to ensure security during this year’s elections.
The Board of Elections held their own officer elections last week. Rocky Raffle was re-elected chair of the board, Willa Fambrough was elected vice chair and Adam Shirley was re-elected to serve another year as secretary.
Other elections this year include the May 16 local election and statewide primary and the November 5 general election. For every election, APN keeps track of the candidates on our candidates page.