Elections

The primary election is May 24, 2022. Voters must be registered to vote no later than April 25, 2022, to vote in the primary. An application, opens a new window can be filled out at any library branch. Nine state executive offices are up for election, though not all races will be in the primary. One U.S. Senate seat is also up for election. The primary election determines which candidate for office will be run by the two major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, in the November 8, 2022, general election. Early voting, opens a new window will run from May 2, 2022 through May 20, 2022.

Changes to elections rules from SB 202, opens a new window. Changes were made to absentee voting and drop boxes, and handling of provisional ballots. Mobile voting units were abolished except during a declared disaster, and pollworkers from adjacent counties were permitted.

Many polling places and absentee ballot drop boxes have changed since the last election. Check your registration status and polling place at the Georgia MyVoterPage, opens a new window. Precincts change and in some cases voting in the wrong one can disqualify your vote, so take a moment to look it up. Important dates, opens a new window for Fulton County.  If you have moved recently, opens a new window check Fulton County rules under "Change of Residence". 

Georgia requires picture ID in order to vote. ID cards for voting purposes are available at no cost from Georgia Department of Driver Services, opens a new window (call  the Georgia Voter Hotline toll-free 1-877-725-9797 for the same information as on the website). This type of free ID is also issued by your county registrar - in Fulton, see the Fulton County Voting and Elections, opens a new window. You must be registered to vote to get the free ID card. 

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 protects every American against racial discrimination in voting. This law also protects the voting rights of many people who have limited English skills. Contact the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, opens a new window if you feel your voting rights under federal law have been violated.

Georgia employers are required under OCGA § 21-2-404 to allow employees two hours off in order to vote if arranged in advance. Georgia law requires employers to grant their workers up to two hours to vote on Election Day. However, the employer is authorized to specify the hours which an employee may use. This provision for time off to vote does not apply to employees whose hours of work begin at least two hours after the polls open or end at least two hours before the polls close. There is no obligation for an employer to pay the employee for the time taken off to vote. The hours are at your employer’s discretion so please make sure you speak to your employer in advance.

Fulton County Registration and Elections, opens a new window contact information 

Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections
130 Peachtree St Suite 2186
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 730-7020
Fax: (404) 730-7024

DeKalb County Voter Registrations and Elections, opens a new window

4380 Memorial Dr # 300
Decatur, GA 30032
Telephone: (404) 298-4020
Fax: (404) 298-4038

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