Apr 29, 2024 - Politics

Early voting 101

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Here's what you need to know as early voting begins on Monday for primary races across Georgia ahead of the May 21 elections.

Why it matters: Georgia has hundreds of candidates in congressional primaries and nonpartisan elections — including for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat.

🗓️ Georgia voting dates to remember:

  • April 29 through May 17: early voting
  • May 4 and 11: Saturday voting
  • May 21: Election Day
  • June 18: runoff elections, if necessary

What's new: A 2023 law requires Georgia employers to give employees two hours of leave to vote during early voting or Election Day.

🗳️ Atlanta sample ballots by county:

The intrigue: Henry County's Elections & Voters Registration office was criticized recently after it left the race for county chair off sample ballots for the May 21 primary, the AJC reports.

  • Henry County voters must visit the Secretary of State website to preview their sample ballot rather than the county's website.

💬 Georgia primary ballot questions

What's inside: Democratic and Republican primary voters will also see eight non-binding ballot questions designed to gauge public opinion on different issues and policies.

  • One of the Democratic questions asks if Georgia should raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
  • One of the Republican questions asks if public officials who condone illegal immigration should be held responsible for crimes committed by those immigrants.
  • Counties may also have additional ballot questions based on local priorities.

📍 Find your polling location

If you go: Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website to find your polling location.

  • Georgia requires photo identification when voting. Here's the full list of valid IDs for in-person and absentee voting.
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