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Your guide to a long, busy 2020 election season
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With the coronavirus pandemic, new voting machines and fierce battles for U.S. Senate in addition to several down ballot races, the 2020 election season is busy and long. We’ve collected all of the items that are set to appear on ballots this year to help you keep everything straight. 

For information about your voting status and sample ballots, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. Information is also available at the Hall County website. Additionally, the state is rolling out new voting machines this year. Here's how to use them. Absentee voting is encouraged due to COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect during early voting.

Presidential preference primary and special election

In the presidential preference primary, originally scheduled for March 24 and now happening in conjunction with the state primary, voters can choose either a Republican or Democrat ballot to nominate a candidate to run for president in the November election. A special election being held at the same time will ask voters to vote yes or no on the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and bond referendums for schools. The E-SPLOST will be on each ballot and a nonpartisan ballot along with the separate bond referendums, with Hall voters deciding on a bond for Hall County Schools and Gainesville voters deciding on a bond for Gainesville City Schools. The E-SPLOST would put a penny toward local schools for every dollar spent. The collections in Hall and Gainesville would essentially be used to repay the bonds, with Hall’s plans including a bond millage rate as well. 

When and where to vote

When: June 9, with early voting weekdays May 18 through June 5 and Saturday, May 30 

Where: Absentee voting is encouraged and all voters will receive an application by mail; early voting May 18-22 and May 25-29 at Gainesville Exploration Academy, 1145 McEver Road, Gainesville; early voting May 30 and June 1-5 at the school as well as at East Hall and North Hall community centers and Spout Springs library branch in South Hall; Election Day voting at your polling precinct.

Republican ballot        

  • Donald Trump

Democrat ballot

  • Michael Bennet (has dropped out of the race)

  • Joseph R. Biden

  • Michael R. Bloomberg  (has dropped out of the race)

  • Pete Buttigieg (has dropped out of the race)

  • John K. Delaney (has dropped out of the race)

  • Tulsi Gabbard  (has dropped out of the race)

  • Amy Klobuchar (has dropped out of the race)

  • Deval Patrick (has dropped out of the race)

  • Bernie Sanders (has dropped out of the race)

  • Tom Steyer (has dropped out of the race)

  • Elizabeth Warren (has dropped out of the race)

  • Andrew Yang (has dropped out of the race)

Hall County education items

These items were originally scheduled to be voted upon March 24; those votes already cast in early voting will be counted. Those who have not yet voted can do so in this election. Note, the county bond referendum appears in error on city of Gainesville and Buford ballots. Those votes will not be counted. 

  • E-SPLOST 

  • $258 million bond referendum with 1 bond reduction millage

Funding must be used for capital projects. Hall County’s 10-year facility plan calls for the following projects: 

$109M: Build four new elementary schools to replace seven existing schools: McEver Arts Academy, Myers Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, Riverbend Elementary, White Sulphur Elementary, Tadmore Elementary and World Language Academy Primary

$44M: Build a new middle school in South Hall

$25M: Renovate existing middle and high school bathrooms, classrooms and core spaces

$12M: Extra-curricular activity area improvements

$9M each: New performing arts centers for Johnson and West Hall high schools

$4M: Center to support agri-business programs 

$10M: District maintenance and transportation facilities

Gainesville education items

These items were originally scheduled to be voted upon March 24; those votes already cast in early voting will be counted. Those who have not yet voted can do so in this election. 

  • E-SPLOST

  • $83 million Gainesville bond referendum 

Funding must be used for capital projects. Gainesville’s five-year facility plan calls for the following projects: 

$32M: Build new middle school in the area of Gainesville Exploration and Mundy Mill academies

$51M: Redesign Gainesville High School campus 

  • New advanced studies and workforce development building

  • New cafeteria and media center

  • New instructional building

  • New student activities center for athletics, band and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. 

$8M: New gymnasiums at Centennial Arts, Gainesville Exploration and New Holland Knowledge academies

$3M: Renovate City Park stadium and Walt Snelling press box 

$1M: Revamp Ivey-Watson Field at Lanier Point Park

$0.5M: Remodel transportation facility and the Ninth Grade Center

General Primary

When: June 9, with early voting weekdays May 18 through June 5 and Saturday, May 30 (originally scheduled May 19)

In Hall County, the following local seats will be on the ballot in addition to other statewide seats. To view your sample ballot, visit mvp.sos.ga.gov. Voters must select either a Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan ballot. Preview coverage of local contested races is linked below.

Superior Court Judge

  • Clint Garry Bearden, incumbent

Superior Court Judge 

  • Kathlene F. Gosselin, incumbent

Superior Court Judge

  • Bonnie Chessher Oliver, incumbent

State Court Judge 

State Court Judge

  • B.E. “Gene” Roberts III, incumbent

Probate Judge

  • Patty Walters Laine, R, incumbent

Chief Magistrate 

  • Margaret Gregory, R, incumbent

Clerk of Courts

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

Sheriff 

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

Watch a recorded candidate forum

Tax Commissioner

Coroner

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

  • Doug Forrester, R

  • Marion Merck, R, incumbent

Surveyor 

  • Chris Patton, R, incumbent

Hall County Commissioner, District 2

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

Hall County Commissioner, District 4

Hall County Board of Commissioners chairperson

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

Watch a recorded candidate forum

Hall County Schools Board of Education, Post 3  

  • Craig Herrington, R, incumbent

Hall County Schools Board of Education, Post 4 

  • Nath Morris, R, incumbent

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia’s 9th District

Note, this seat is listed incorrectly on at least some Hall County ballots. Candidates are listed correctly, and Hall County elections officials say the error will not affect tabulation of votes.

Learn more about the Republican candidates and the issues

Learn more about the Democrat candidates and the issues

U.S. Senate

  • Tricia Carpenter McCracken, D

  • Marckeith DeJesus, D

  • Maya Dillard Smith, D

  • James Knox, D

  • Jon Ossoff, D

  • David Perdue, R, incumbent

  • Sarah Riggs Amico, D

  • Teresa Pike Tomlinson, D

Georgia House of Representatives, District 27

  • Lee Hawkins, R, incumbent

Georgia House of Representatives, District 29

Georgia House of Representatives, District 30

Georgia House of Representatives, District 103

Learn more about the candidates and the issues

  • Timothy Barr, R, incumbent

  • Clifton Marshall, D

  • Derrick McCollum, R

  • Donald Schmidt, R

Georgia Senate, District 49

  • Butch Miller, R, incumbent

Georgia Senate, District 50


Learn more about the candidates and the issues

General Election

When: Nov. 3, with early voting weekdays Oct. 12-30 and Saturday, Oct. 24

  • U.S. Senate

    • Al Bartell, independent

    • Allen Buckley, independent

    • Doug Collins, R

    • Annette Davis Jackson, R

    • John "Green" Fortuin, Green Party

    • Derrick E. Grayson, R

    • Michael Todd Greene, independent

    • Deborah Jackson, D

    • A. Wayne Johnson, R

    • Matt Lieberman, D

    • Kelly Loeffler, R

    • Rod Mack 

    • Joy Felicia Slade, D

    • Brian Slowinski, libertarian

    • Valencia Stovall, independent

    • Ed Tarver, D

    • Kandiss Taylor, R

    • Raphael Warnock, D

The chosen candidates from the June 9 primary for these positions:

  • U.S. Senate

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia’s 9th District

  • Georgia House of Representatives, District 27

  • Georgia House of Representatives, District 29

  • Georgia House of Representatives, District 30

  • Georgia House of Representatives, District 103

  • Georgia Senate, District 49

  • Georgia Senate, District 50

  • Probate Judge 

  • Chief Magistrate 

  • Clerk of Courts

  • Sheriff

  • Tax Commissioner

  • Coroner

  • Surveyor

  • Hall County Commissioner, District 2

  • Hall County Commissioner, District 4

  • Hall County Board of Commissioners chairperson

  • Hall County Schools Board of Education, Post 3  

  • Hall County Schools Board of Education, Post 4 

The Associated Press contributed.

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