Nov 2, 2021 - Politics

What you need to know before you vote

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

You didn’t vote early, so now you’re stressing about finding your polling place. You’re also frantically researching the candidates and issues on today’s ballot.

If this is you, we feel your pain and we got you covered.

Details: You can visit Georgia’s My Voter Page to figure out where you’ll vote and view a sample ballot.

  • Polls are open from 7am to 8pm in Atlanta. If you’re in line by 8pm, you’ll be able to vote.
  • Don’t forget to bring your state-approved voter ID so you can cast your ballot.

We know you’re excited to show the world that you’re participating in the democratic process , but remember it’s against the law to take a photo of your ballot. But you’re free to #PostthePeach!

What’s on the ballot: Atlanta voters will choose a new mayor, City Council representatives and school board members.

  • They’ll also decide if they want to enact a property tax break that would fund Atlanta Public Schools permanently and consider renewing APS and Fulton County schools’ sales tax to fund construction projects.
  • Several Atlanta Municipal Court judge seats are also on the ballot.

Learn more: You can learn about the five leading candidates running for mayor by reading profiles written by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: City Council President Felicia Moore, attorney Sharon Gay, Council member Andre Dickens, former Mayor Kasim Reed and Council member Antonio Brown.

  • You can also read our Q&A with all 15 mayoral candidates about their top issues.

Suburban cities including Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Peachtree City are also holding elections. Double-check the MVP portal to check your ballot.

  • Atlanta Magazine also asked the top mayoral candidates questions about affordable housing, crime and other issues.

You can visit the AJC to read up on the candidates in the race for Atlanta City Council president and the folks running for council seats.

  • A runoff is planned for Nov. 30 if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote.

If you see anything amiss at your polling place, click here to submit your complaint or call the Georgia secretary of State voter fraud hot line at 877-725-9797 or the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division at 800-253-3931.

Our thought bubble: Get out there and cast your vote!


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