Did you vote today? Did you know that you could? Georgia voters can take part in early voting starting today, July 9.
The General Primary will be on July 31, but Georgia's election laws allow advanced voting, officially known as absentee voting in person, starting the fourth Monday prior to election through the Friday before election day. So from today, July 9, through Friday, July 27, Roswell voters can vote in advance.
The accompanying sample ballots include all candidates within Fulton County, but you will only vote for those candidates in districts that represent your address.
You'll have to travel a bit to vote in advance, but if your work takes you into Sandy Springs or downtown, it might be more convenient than waiting for election day. Hours for early voting are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
7741 Roswell Road, NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Fulton County Government Center
130 Peachtree Street
Suite 2186 B
Atlanta, GA 30303
To find out about your polling place, absentee ballot status and other election information, visit the Secretary of State's Office My Voter Page.
Remember that Georgia requires photo identification to vote. If you fail to bring a photo ID with you on Election Day, you will be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot, but you'll need to provide proper photo identification to the registrar within three days after Election Day for your ballot to count. Visit the Georgia Photo ID website for information.
Accetable IDs must be one of these six categories:
- Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by the county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services
- A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
- Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
- Valid U.S. passport ID
- Valid U.S. military photo ID
- Valid tribal photo ID
In case you are wondering what you can't do in an election, here are some of the actions that woud be a crime:
- An individual who votes more than once in an election is guilty of a felony.
- It is a crime to do any electioneering, or otherwise attempt to influence a voter, at the time he or she is voting an absentee ballot.
- It is a crime to intimidate or use or threaten to use violence to interfere with anyone’s lawful right to vote.
- It is a crime to pay or offer to pay a person any amount of money or to give a person anything of value in exchange for voting for a particular person or issue. Similarly, it is against the law to pay someone not to vote.
- It is a crime to violate the secrecy of the ballot, or otherwise tamper with ballots or the voting system.