Georgia Election Guide

Election 2022 Information for Atlanta, GA

Voter Registration

Registration Deadline: You can register any time. You must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in that election. Look at the key dates to ensure you’re registering before the deadline for the election you want to participate in.

 

If you changed your name: The simplest way is to submit a new registration application. The county registrar will see your existing registration and update the information from the new application. You can also change your address online.

 

Voter Registration Qualifications

Age: At least 17 1/2 years old to register and 18 to vote

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a legal resident of the county

Mental Competency: Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge

Felony Convictions: Convicted felons are not eligible to register and vote in the State of Georgia except upon completion of the sentence, including any probation, parole, or payment of fines owed.

 

Obtaining a Voter Registration Form

Online: Georgia voter registration application.

In person: You can go to your local county board of registrars' office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools, and other government offices for a mail-in registration form. 

 

Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver's license at the Department of Driver Services. 

 

College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

 

By mail/ in writing: Download and print a form and mail it to the Secretary of State (address found on form).

 

Verifying Your Voter Registration Status

Online: Verify your registration online.



Absentee Ballot Qualifications

Who can vote absentee: Any registered Georgia voter may vote by absentee ballot.

 

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In order to request an absentee ballot, mail, fax, email, (as an attachment), or present this form in person to your local County Board of Registrar's Office. Your county will mail you your ballot 29 days before the election (or 22 days before a local or special election). On the form, you’ll be asked to provide your address, date of birth, the county where you are registered, and then one of the following:

-The number for your driver’s license or free state ID, or

-The last four digits of your Social Security number, or

-If you don’t have a driver’s license, state-issued identification, or your Social Security number on file with the voter registration system, you can upload a photo of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. 

 

Military and overseas voting: Find more information at the Georgia Secretary of State's Military and Overseas Voter information page. Your county will mail your ballot to you 45 days before the election. 

 

If you did not receive your absentee ballot: Contact your county elections office. They will either issue you a new one or tell you how to cancel that absentee ballot so you can vote in person.

 

Submitting an Absentee Ballot

 

Voting By Mail: Voters can request an absentee ballot as much as 78 days before an election without providing a reason, but a request must be made at least 11 days before the election. The county registrar’s office will mail your ballot after the application is approved and ballots are available. Your county registrar must receive your absentee ballots by the close of business on Election Day. Voters are not required to provide photo identification when voting by mail. You can submit your ballot via dropbox as well. Click here to find out what drop boxes are available closest to you.

 

Vote Early in Person: Voters may vote at early voting locations beginning the 4th Monday prior to the election. Voters are not required to provide a reason for voting early. When casting your vote in person, you must present an appropriate photo ID. Please contact your county registrar’s office for early voting times and locations in your county.

 

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

Polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are in line at 7:00 PM, you will be allowed to cast your vote. 

 

Click here to view Voting Location Information 

 

Voter Identification Requirements: Here are the types of acceptable identification for voting in person in Georgia. You will need to present identification when you vote.

 

PROVISIONAL VOTING

Provisional voting allows you to cast a ballot in person even if all the requirements for doing so cannot be met at the time. The provisional ballot will count if the problem is solved within three days after Election Day. 

The three reasons for voting a provisional ballot are: 

1. You are unable to show one of the required forms of photo ID when you vote in person; 

2. When you first registered to vote in Georgia, you registered by mail, did not provide any identification at that time, and are unable to present acceptable identification the first time you vote in person; or

3. Your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in the precinct.

 

You can learn more about provisional voting here.

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/

Problems with voting: Georgia voter complaint form

Verifying provisional ballot status: Use Georgia's "My Voter Page" to check your ballot status.

Verifying absentee ballot status: Use Georgia's "My Voter Page"

Verifying polling place and times: Advanced Voting Location Information or My Voter Page

Election 2022 Ballot Measures

Referendum B - Ad valorem tax; property; expand an exemption for agricultural equipment and certain farm products

This measure expanded certain property tax exemptions provided for agricultural equipment and certain farm products:

to allow any entity that is a merger of two or more family-owned farms to qualify for the exemption; and
to extend the exemption to include dairy products and eggs.
The agricultural equipment exemption applies to farm tractors, combines, and all other farm equipment (except for motor vehicles) that are owned or held under a lease-purchase
agreement by a family farm entity that are directly used for the production of farm products.

Going into the election, the farm products exemption applied to livestock, crops, fruit, nut-bearing trees, bushes, and plants; annual and perennial plants; Christmas trees; and plants or trees grown in nurseries to be planted elsewhere.

Family farm entities under the measure mean an "entity that has derived 80 percent or more of its gross income from bona fide agricultural uses within this state within the year immediately preceding the year in which the exemption" is sought. Such entities may be organized as a family corporation, a family partnership, a family general partnership, a family limited partnership, a family limited corporation, or a family limited liability company, in which all interest is owned by one or more citizens that are related to each other within the ''fourth-degree of civil reckoning''

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Referendum A - Georgia Timber Equipment Exempt from Property Taxes Measure

The ballot measure exempted timber equipment from ad valorem property taxes, set to begin on January 1, 2023.

Timber equipment to be exempted from taxes includes equipment owned or held under a lease-purchase agreement by a commercial timber producer that is used for timber harvesting or production. Off-road equipment and attachments used to sever a tree until the point that a tree has been loaded into a field or vehicle for transport are exempt from taxes under the measure. Off-road equipment includes skidders, feller bunchers, debarkers, delimbers, chip harvesters, tub-grinders, wood cutters, chippers, loaders, dozers, mid-motor graders, equipment attachments. The tax exemption does not apply to motor vehicles.

Timber is still taxed under the measure. In Georgia, timber (softwood and hardwood pulpwood, chip-and-saw logs, saw timber, poles, posts, and fuel wood) is assessed at fair market value and taxed at the county millage rate at the time of harvest or sale.

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Amendment 2 - Georgia Temporary Property Tax Change for Disaster Areas Amendment

The ballot measure authorized local governments "to grant temporary tax relief," with additional details to be defined in statute, to properties that are damaged or destroyed due to a disaster and located within a nationally declared disaster area.

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Amendment 1 - Public Officers; Suspension of Compensation; Felony; Provide

This measure amended the state constitution to provide for the suspension of compensation for the following public officials while the individual is suspended from office for being indicted for a felony.

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Election 2022 Candidates for Atlanta, GA

U.S. House

State House

State Senate

Your Elected Officials

Joe Biden
Democratic 
President
Kamala Harris
Democratic 
Vice President
Jon Ossoff
Democratic 
U.S. Senate
District Senior Seat
Raphael Warnock
Democratic 
U.S. Senate
District Junior Seat
Nikema Williams
Democratic 
U.S. House
District 5
Brian Kemp
Republican 
Governor
Burt Jones
Republican 
Lieutenant Governor
Park Cannon
Democratic 
State House
District 58
Phil Olaleye
Democratic 
State House
District 59
Kim Schofield
Democratic 
State House
District 63
Nan Orrock
Democratic 
State Senate
District 36
Chris Carr
 
Attorney General
Brad Raffensperger
Republican 
Secretary of State
Greg Griffin
 
Auditor
Tyler Harper
Republican 
Commissioner of Agriculture
Kevin Hagler
 
Commissioner of Banking and Finance
John King
Republican 
Commissioner of Insurance
Bruce Thompson
Republican 
Commissioner of Labor
Robyn Crittenden
 
Commissioner of Revenue
Richard Woods
 
State School Superintendent
Steve McCoy
 
Treasurer
Leonte Benton
 
State Board of Education
District 13
Stanley DeJarnett
 
State Board of Education
District 10
Matt Donaldson
 
State Board of Education
District 12
Jason Downey
 
State Board of Education
District 8
Nicholas Ellis
 
State Board of Education
District 1
William Griffin
 
State Board of Education
District 2
Lisa Kinnemore
 
State Board of Education
District 4
Kenneth Mason
 
State Board of Education
District 5
Phenna Petty
 
State Board of Education
District 14
Helen Rice
 
State Board of Education
District 3
Mike Royal
 
State Board of Education
District 7
Scott Sweeney
 
State Board of Education
District 11
Richard Valladares
 
State Board of Education
District 6
Martha Zoller
 
State Board of Education
District 9