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Polls: 5 things to know
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1. You’ll need a valid identification to vote, including one of the following: state or federal government employee photo ID; Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; valid U.S. passport; valid U.S. military photo ID; or valid tribal photo ID.

2. Need to find information about where to vote, how to request a provisional ballot, where to track real-time vote counting, how to report voter fraud and other Election Day conundrums? Visit Hall County’s election page at or the Secretary of State’s election page at

3. When is the best time of day to vote? Peak voting times are typically before work, during lunch hours and after work. To avoid long wait times, plan on voting between 9 and 11 a.m. or between 1 and 4 p.m. If you can’t make it to the polling place until after work, don’t fret. All voters in line before 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote, no matter how long it takes. All mail-in/absentee ballots must be returned to the Hall County elections office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, by 7 p.m. However, any military ballots that are postmarked with today’s date will be counted if received by 5 p.m. Friday.

4. In Georgia, general election candidates must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one in order to win outright and avoid a runoff. The state’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races are likelier than others to be decided in a runoff. A runoff in the governor’s race would be held Dec. 2, while a runoff in the U.S. Senate race is scheduled for Jan. 6.

5. What’s the appropriate attire? Voters who wear hats, buttons, T-shirts and other insignia that promote candidates to the polls will be asked to remove or cover up such attire, according to Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

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