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November,8,2016 - General Election Day
DEADLINES
October 11,2016

Voter Registration deadline - In Person - Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election/November Special Election /Runoff Election.

October 17,2016

Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts - Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election/November Special Election.

October 29,2016

Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail - Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election Runoff/November Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices.

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Georgia
  • Date of Statehood: January 2, 1788
  • Size: 59,425 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Peach State; Empire State of the South
  • Tree: Live Oak
  • Flower: Cherokee Rose
  • Bird: Brown Thrasher

Before the arrival of British Captain James Cook in 1778, the Hawaiian language was strictly oral. Natives were taught by missionaries to read their language so that they could communicate the scriptures of the Bible. Banned in 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. Territory and then resurrected as the official language in 1978, Hawaiian contains only 12 letters: five vowels and seven consonants.

In 1866, after leprosy had begun to swiftly spread among the Hawaiian population without a cure, more than 100 victims were forcefully shipped to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai to live in complete isolation. At its peak in 1890, more than 1,000 people resided in the colony.

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Mount Waialeale on Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth. It receives an average of around 460 inches of rain each year.

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Standing 13,796 feet above sea level, Mauna Kea is Hawaii’s tallest volcano. But it stretches an additional 19,680 feet below the surface of the water, making Mauna Kea the tallest mountain in the world at 33,476 feet. Mount Everest’s elevation, measured from sea level, is 29,035 feet.

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Hawaii’s population center is the most isolated on Earth—more than 2,300 miles from the United States, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

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Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on earth, with a height of over 30,000 meters from its base–on the floor of the Pacific Ocean–to its peak.

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State of Georgia Quick Facts
  • Current Population:10,214,860
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 16
  • Congressional Districts: 14
Registered Voters

Total : 4,994,965

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native Male Voters : 1,704
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native Female Voters : 1,893
  • Asian Or Pacific Islander Male Voters : 38,713
  • Asian Or Pacific Islander Female Voters : 43,114
  • Black Not Of Hispanic Origin Male Voters : 589,288
  • Black Not Of Hispanic Origin Female Voters : 881,435
  • Hispanic Male Voters : 46,989
  • Hispanic Female Voters : 60,102
  • White Not Of Hispanic Origin Male Voters : 1,352,618
  • White Not Of Hispanic Origin Female Voters : 1,535.363
  • Other Male Voters : 23,456
  • Other Female Voters : 30,244
  • Unknown Male Voters : 190,569
  • Unknown Female Voters : 199,477

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Georgia?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Georgia.

  • >>Check if you are eligible to vote

  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Georgia does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

  • >>Check if you need to re-register to vote

  • How Do I Register To Vote in Georgia?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Georgia, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    Download, complete, and mail a voter registration application.

    county board of registrars' office

    Contact your local county board of registrars' office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.

    Department of Drivers Services

    Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver's license at Department of Drivers Services license posts

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Each employee in this state shall, upon reasonable notice to his or her employer, be permitted by his or her employer to take any necessary time off from his or her employment to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which such employee is qualified and registered to vote on the day on which such primary or election is held; provided, however, that such necessary time off shall not exceed two hours; and provided, further, that, if the hours of work of such employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least two hours prior to the closing of the polls, then the time off for voting as provided for in this Code section shall not be available. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself as provided in this Code section.

    Georgia State Government

    Georgia Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to poster-ity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guid-ance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution

    No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property except by due process of law.

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

    Executive Power

    The purpose of Georgia’s executive branch is to enforce the laws. The governor enforces laws when he signs a bill into law, requiring all citizens to follow that law.

    Executive officials in Georgia are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

    Georgia Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Appointed)
  • The State Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State capitiol: 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state shall be vested in a General Assembly which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

    The Senate shall consist of not more than 56 Senators, each of whom shall be elected from single-member districts.

    The House of Representatives shall consist of not fewer than 180 Representatives apportioned among representative districts of the state.

    Judicial Branch
    Supreme court: Atlanta, Georgia

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vest-ed exclusively in the following classes of courts: magistrate courts, probate courts, juvenile courts, state courts, superior courts, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court.

    Selection of state court judges in Georgia occurs primarily through nonpartisan elections, though interim vacancies in the appellate and general jurisdiction courts are filled by assisted appointment

    The limited jurisdiction courts vary in their selection methods, employing a mix of appointment, partisan elections and nonpartisan elections.

    Georgia Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(180)
    (61)(116)(1)(2)
    State Senators(56)
    (17)(39)
    US Representatives(14)
    (4)(10)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

    Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

    Georgia US Senator race

    In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Georgia. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Georgia's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

    Georgia: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

    Incumbent Republican Senator, Johnny Isakson, is running for re-election to a third term in office. On November 2, 2010, Johnny Isakson won the election to the United States Senate with 58.3% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Michael Thumond, who came in a distant second with 39.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Georgia)

    Georgia 2016 U.S. Representative races

    The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Georgia this election cycle. Of the 14 seats up for election this election cycle, 10 currently held by Republicans, and 4 held by Democrats.

    Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Georgia U.S. House

    Democratics(4)Republicans(10)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Georgia Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The Governor shall take care that the laws are faith-fully executed and shall be the conservator of the peace throughout the state

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States 15 years and a legal resident of the state six years immediately preceding the election and shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office.

    Election

    An election for Governor shall take place quadrennially thereafter on said date unless another date be fixed by the General Assembly

    Term of Office

    There shall be a Governor who shall hold office for a term of four years and until a successor shall be cho-sen and qualified.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits 2 consecutive terms

    Salary

    $139,339

    Qualification age

    shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall be elected at the same time, for the same term, and in the same manner as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor shall be the President of the Senate and shall have such executive duties as prescribed by the Governor and as may be prescribed by law not inconsistent with the powers of the Governor or other provisions of this Constitution...

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States 15 years and a legal resident of the state six years immediately preceding the election and shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office.

    Election

    There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall be elected at the same time, for the same term, and in the same manner as the Governor.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and, unlike the governor, is not subject to term limits

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for this office

    Salary

    $91,609

    Qualification age

    shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The.. Attorney General... shall be elected in the manner prescribed for the election of members of the General Assembly and the electors shall be the same.

    Qualifications

    Must have been a citizen of the United States for 10 years, Must have been a legal resident of the state for four years immediately preceding election or appointment, Must have been an active member of the Georgia state bar for seven years

    Election

    The attorney general is elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is elected to four-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for the attorney general.

    Salary

    $139,169

    Qualification age

    Must have attained the age of 25 years by the date of assuming office

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The Secretary of State... shall be elected in the manner prescribed for the election of members of the General Assembly and the electors shall be the same.

    Qualifications

    Must have been a citizen of the United States for 10 years,Must have been a legal resident of the state for four years immediately preceding election or appointment

    Election

    The secretary of state is elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years

    Term of Office

    The secretary of state is elected to four-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for the secretary of state.Vacancies

    Salary

    $123,637

    Qualification age

    Must have attained the age of 25 years by the date of assuming office.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    There is created the Office of the State Treasurer. The state treasurer shall be both appointed and removed by the State Depository Board and shall be in the unclassified service. The state treasurer shall hire the personnel for the office and shall supervise, direct, account for, organize, plan, and execute the functions vested in the office.

    Qualifications

    There are no particular qualifications required of Georgia treasurers.

    Election

    The treasurer is appointed by the State Depository Board, a state agency composed of the governor, the insurance commissioner, the state accounting officer, the commissioner of banking and finance, the commissioner of transportation and, when the position is filled, the state treasurer himself

    Term of Office

    Length of term, Serves at the pleasure of the State Depository Board

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits associated with the office of treasurer

    Salary

    $165,000

    Qualification age

    The State Auditor
    Authority

    The Department of Audits and Accounts is created and established. The head of the department shall be an experienced auditor and accountant...

    Qualifications

    The head of the department shall be an experienced auditor and accountant with not less than five years' experience as an accountant in the Department of Audits and Accounts or in a governmental agency of a similar nature or shall be a duly certified public accountant with at least five years' practical experience in the duties for which he is certified...

    Election

    The state auditor shall be elected by the General Assembly in the following manner: A joint resolution which shall fix a definite time for the nomination and election of the state auditor may be introduced in either branch of the General Assembly. Upon passage of the resolution by a majority vote of the membership of the Senate and House of Representatives it shall be the duty of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to call for the nomination and election of the state auditor at the time specified in the resolution, at which time the name of the qualified person receiving a majority vote of the membership of the House of Representatives shall be transmitted to the Senate for confirmation. Upon the qualified person's receiving a majority vote of the membership of the Senate, he shall be declared the duly elected state auditor; and the Governor shall be notified of his election by the Secretary of the Senate. The Governor is directed to administer the oath of office to the state auditor and to furnish the state auditor with a properly executed commission of office certifying his election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term, Serves at the pleasure of the governor

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits associated with the office of auditor

    Salary

    $152,160

    Qualification age

    Georgia State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The House of Representatives elects its own Speaker as well as a Speaker Pro Tempore. The Speaker Pro Tempore becomes Speaker in case of the death, resignation, or permanent disability of the Speaker.

    Qualifications

    At the time of their election, the members of the House of Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 21 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year.

    Election

    No Senator or Representative shall be elected by the General Assembly or appoint-ed by the Governor to any office or appointment having any emolument annexed there to during the time for which such person shall have been elected unless the Senator or Representative shall first resign the seat to which elected; provided, however, that, during the term for which elected, no Senator or Representative shall be appointed to any civil office which has been created during such term.

    Term of Office

    The members of the General Assembly shall be elected by the qualified electors of their respective districts for a term of two years and shall serve until the time fixed for the convening of the next General Assembly.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limits

    Salary

    $17,342/year

    Qualification age

    shall be at least 21 years of age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor serves as president of the Georgia State Senate and is granted the right to vote in the event the Senate is tied on a vote.

    Qualifications

    At the time of their election, the members of the Senate shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 25 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year.

    Election

    No Senator or Representative shall be elected by the General Assembly or appoint-ed by the Governor to any office or appointment having any emolument annexed there to during the time for which such person shall have been elected unless the Senator or Representative shall first resign the seat to which elected; provided, however, that, during the term for which elected, no Senator or Representative shall be appointed to any civil office which has been created during such term.

    Term of Office

    The members of the General Assembly shall be elected by the qualified electors of their respective districts for a term of two years and shall serve until the time fixed for the convening of the next General Assembly.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limits

    Salary

    $17,342/year

    Qualification age

    shall be at least 25years of age

    Georgia State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Supreme Court shall consist of not more than nine Justices who shall elect from among themselves a Chief Justice as the chief presiding and administrative offi-cer of the court and a Presiding Justice to serve if the Chief Justice is absent or is disquali-fied. A majority shall be necessary to hear and determine cases.

    Qualifications

    State court judges shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years, pro-vided that this requirement shall be five years in the case of state court judges elected or appointed in the year 2000 or earlier

    Election

    All Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of six years

    Term of Office

    term ofsix years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief Salary

    $167,000

    Associates Salary

    $167,000

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    The superior courts shall have jurisdiction in all cases, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution. They shall have exclusive jurisdiction over trials in felony cases, except in the case of juvenile offenders as provided by law; in cases respecting title to land; in divorce cases; and in equity cases.

    Qualifications

    Appellate and superior court judges shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years

    Election

    All superior court and state court judges shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of four years.

    Term of Office

    All superior court and state court judges shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Appeal Court
    Authority

    The Court of Appeals shall consist of not less than nine Judges who shall elect from among themselves a Chief Judge

    Qualifications

    Appellate and superior court judges shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years

    Election

    All superior court and state court judges shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of four years.

    Term of Office

    All Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of six years

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $166,000

    Qualification age

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