Ballot Information

What's on your Ballot?

To get a general idea about who will be on your ballot, use this embedded tool provided by the Voting Information Project to easily see your voting information. However, please pay close attention to your polling places and whether they're early voting sites or election day sites as they can be different.

 

Furthermore, these websites will also generate a sample ballot, and they're great places to get information about candidates and their platforms.

How to Properly Fill Out a Paper Ballot

If you are voting by mail or using a paper ballot to vote in person, be sure to follow the instructions on your ballot so that your vote is counted how you intend it to be counted.

 

 Use a blue or black pen. Use the same pen to fill out the entire ballot

Make sure to fully bubble in your votes per the instructions on your ballot

 Marking your choices with checkmarks, "X" s, or circles puts your votes at risk of not being counted by State Election Board standards

 If you make any errors while voting or damage the ballot, immediately contact your County Elections Office to ask for a replacement ballot

 

Finding Reputable Sources

When searching for information about candidates or voting, it is important to use reputable sources. Here are some questions you ask yourself to help determine if a source is reputable

  • Headlines: Does the headline use loaded or misleading words? Does the headline match the content of the story? 
  • Biased Wording: Does the author use loaded or emotional words to persuade the reader?
  • Facts: Does the source rely on verifiable facts and cite their sources? Are their sources reputable?
  • Intent: Was this piece written to inform, teach, sell a product, entertain, persuade, etc.?
  • Story Choices: Does the source consistently write stories from only one perspective, or leave out the input of people involved in the story?
  • Political Ideology: Does the organization support a specific political ideology?

Elected Positions and Their Purposes

Federal

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State

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City of Atlanta

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Other Local Officials

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What's a Referendum?

A referendum (plural: referenda) is a policy being put up for voters' approval. Past referenda in Georgia include implementing new taxes, adding to the state constitution, and creating a land conservation trust fund. Referenda are important because they can affect what taxes you pay, what services are available to you, and the local environment. Referenda are often written in legal language, which can be difficult to understand. It's also difficult to quickly assess all the consequences of a policy on the spot. It's recommended that you research any referenda that will be on your ballot before you go to vote, so you're able to make an informed decision.

You can learn more about referenda and other types of ballot measures here: 

 

FAQs

General

Q: Where does my vote go?

A: Votes are counted by each county, usually at the county elections office. The vote totals of mail-in and in-person ballots are combined and reported to the Secretary of State.

Q: What's the difference between a mail-in and absentee ballot?

A: An absentee ballot refers to the ballot sent to an absentee (a person who cannot vote in person) so they can send in their ballot by mail. Mail-in ballot refers to ballots given to citizens in states that allow all voters to vote by mail. An absentee ballot that is mailed is a type of mail-in ballot, but not all mail-in ballots are absentee ballots.

Q: Can I vote for both Senators in my state?

A: Yes, you can vote for both. Senators each represent the entire state and usually have staggered elections. This is why you usually wouldn't vote for both seats in the same election.

Q: Can I write in a candidate?

A: Yes, you can write in a candidate on your ballot instead of voting for a candidate on the ballot, but it is valuable to note a write-in candidate has never won an election in Georgia.

Georgia Specific

Q: What does the ballot machine do with my ballot? Is my vote being shredded?

A: The ballot machine accepts the paper with your QR/barcode on it. This machine scans and processes the information from the QR/barcode no matter which orientation the paper is entered. The paper you enter is technically your ballot, and it is being counted by the machine, not shredded.

Q: What does the QR code on my ballot mean?

A: The QR code on your paper is used to efficiently upload and count your ballot. When you scan your QR code on the machine, it will upload your votes on the paper ballot to the machine to be counted.

Q: What's going on with the late Representative John Lewis' seat?

A: The 5th Congressional District is holding a special election on September 29, and the winner will hold that Congressional district during November and December. Then, State Senator Nikema Williams (D) will be on the ballot in the November 3rd General Election in place of John Lewis - a group of Georgia Democrats selected her to be on the ballot after Rep. Lewis's passing.

Q: Was Kelly Loeffler elected? And why is it a "special" Senate race?

A: Kelly Loeffler was appointed to the Senate by Governor Kemp to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired due to the progression of his Parkinson's Disease. She will hold the seat until the special Senate election (and after, if she is elected.) There are no primaries for this election, so all Republicans and Democrats vying for this seat will be on the ballot in November. If a candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, they win. If not, the top two candidates (who could be of different parties or the same party) will face off in a January runoff.

Q: How does a candidate win in Georgia?

A: In Georgia, a candidate must receive 50% plus one to win. If one candidate gets twice as many votes as another but doesn't get more than 50% of votes, the candidates must go to a runoff. If the race is within a slim margin, the losing candidate has the option to challenge for a recount.