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Voter's Guide: Georgia presidential preference primary
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What's happening: On Feb. 5, Georgia joins more than 20 other states in holding Presidential Preferences Primaries. The day, dubbed "Super Tuesday," will go a long way toward deciding each party's candidate for president in November.

When: Advance voting week is available from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. On Feb. 5, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. in cities having a population of more than 300,000). However, any voter who is waiting in line to vote at closing time will be allowed to vote.

Where to vote: On Feb. 5, each voter must vote at the polling place designated for the precinct in which the voter lives. The location of your polling place is located on your precinct card. If you have misplaced your card or do not know where your precinct is located, contact the elections office. In Georgia, voters must select either a Democratic or Republican ballot. On each party's ballot, the candidates will be listed in alphabetical order. (several candidates will appear on the ballot though they have ended their presidential bids.)

Advance voting is held at each county's elections office.

Voter ID: Each voter will complete a voter certificate when entering their polling place. The poll worker will request to see one of the required forms of photo ID from the voter, then mark on the voter's certificate the type of ID displayed.

The poll worker will verify that the voter is the person pictured on the ID and verify that the voter is in the correct voting location. Then the poll worker will place a voter access card into the ExpressPoll unit, encoding the card with the political party's ballot chosen by the voter. The voter will be directed to a voting unit to cast their ballot as shown on instructions posted in each voting booth.

Types of ID accepted are:
(1) A Georgia driver's license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;
(2) A valid voter identification card or other valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification containing a photograph;
(3) A valid United States passport;
(4) A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
(5) A valid United States military identification card containing a photograph of the elector;
(6) a valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector

If a voter does not have one of the required forms of photo ID, or if the voter's name cannot be located on the voter's list, such voter will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Instructions on the provisional balloting process will be displayed at each voting location.

Advance voting: At the advance voting office, you must fill out an application and provide one of the permitted forms of identification. You will then be issued a ballot that must be filled out and cast while you are in the office.
Registration deadline: Jan. 7; if you're not already registered, you can't vote Feb. 5. But there still is time to register for the state primary on July 15 and the Nov. 4 general election.

Absentee ballots: Registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot through their county election office. You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars' office by 7 p.m. on election day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. You may download an application for official absentee/advance ballot and mail it or fax it to your county board.

You may vote by absentee ballot in person if you will be absent from your precinct from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day; you are 75 years of age or older; you have a physical disability which prevents you from voting in person or you are a constant caregiver of a person with a disability; you are an election official; you are observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person; you are required to remain on duty in your precinct for the protection of life, health, or safety of the public.


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