The Georgia general primary, non-partisan, special election (to fill vacancies and propose questions), will take place Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
To be eligible to vote in Georgia you must be:
· A citizen of the United States
· A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote
· At least 18 years of age by Election Day
· Not serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony
· Not judicially determined to be mentally incompetent
When you arrive at your polling place, you will be required to present one of the following forms of identification:
· A Georgia driver’s license, even if it is expired
· A photo ID issued by a state or federal government agency
· A valid U.S. passport
· An employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia
· A valid U.S. military ID card
· A valid tribal ID card.
If you do not have any proper forms of ID with you when you go to vote, you will need to sign a statement swearing or affirming that you are the person identified in your voter certificate. If the elector is a first time registrant by mail who did not provide one of the acceptable forms of ID at the time of registration this voter must show proper identification and will not be allowed to use the statement of elector in place. If the elector is unable to show identification at the time of voting they may vote a provisional ballot which will be counted only if the voter presents identification within the 2 day period following the election.
Polling Place Hours
Polls are open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Election Day. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 pm will be allowed to vote. Peak voting hours are historically from 7:00 am until 9:30 am, 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm, and during the mid-day lunch hour.
To find your polling location click here.
Time Off Work To Vote
Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after regular working shift. This time may be paid depending on location.
Voters who need assistance
You may receive assistance at the polls if you are unable to read the English language or if you have a physical disability that renders you unable to see or mark the ballot, operate the voting equipment, or enter the voting booth. In order to receive assistance, everyone, except those that are blind, must take an oath stating the reason they need assistance.
The person providing assistance to you must sign on the oath. When there is a federal candidate on the ballot, you can select anyone you want to assist you in voting, except for your employer, an agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of your union. When there is no federal candidate on the ballot, you can select any other resident of the precinct or a parent, sibling, spouse or child (provided they are not a candidate on the ballot or a relative of a candidate on the ballot) to assist you inside the voting booth. No person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff.
Note: Between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on the day of an election, voters who are 75 years of age or older or who are physically disabled may, upon request to a poll officer, vote immediately without waiting in line.
If you are physically disabled or illiterate, you may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or municipality or from the same category of relatives who can make an application for or deliver an absentee ballot. If you are outside of the county or municipality, then a notary public can provide such assistance. Any person who assists another person to vote absentee must complete an oath prescribed by law demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired. For more information, click here.
Source: Georgia Secretary of State elections resource