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Important deadlines for the May primary election

The midterm elections are on Nov. 6
The Georgia primary election is on May 24.

Information on advance voting, absentee ballots and more.

Elections deadlines are coming up quickly.

May 13 is the final day local elections offices in Georgia can process requests for absentee ballots in preparation for the primary election. Applications are online at the Georgia Secretary of States My Voter Page and can be submitted by email, fax, mail or in-person.

Due to new rules from Senate Bill 202 passed last year, all applications require a physical signature with pen and ink. That means they must be printed in order to be completed correctly.

Voters casting ballots in person can take advantage of early voting through May 20, but this weekend will be the last chance for Saturday and Sunday voting. Saturday voting will take place at all of the five advance voting locations in Athens, while only the Elections Office in downtown will be open for Sunday voting.

In preparation for election day, it’s important to understand the effects of local redistricting. Redistricting affects voting districts, which determine who shows up on ballots for local, state and federal races. For many races, only candidates represeting your district will show up on your ballot. In this primary election, Athens-Clarke County residents will vote for their future commissioner, though representation won’t change until next year.

Every registered voter will receive new precinct cards with information on their voting district. Those are also available to view online using the county’s Voting District Search Tool. 

Find more information on precincts, advance voting and election day operations at accgov.com/elections.