Georgia Secretary of State urges people to vote Tuesday




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577 people voted early in Decatur County for the May 20 general primary, according to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration. All Decatur County polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. Read below to find out what you will need to vote and where you are registered to vote. The proposed SPLOST VI one-cent sales tax will be on the ballot, as will local races including county commissioner and Board of Education, and statewide party primaries including U.S. Congressional District 2, U.S. Senate and Governor of Georgia.

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Atlanta – Polling precincts across Georgia will be open to voters from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday, May 20th for the 2014 Primary Election. Individuals can verify their polling location by visiting the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page – www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.  A free mobile app can also be downloaded on the Apple and Android platforms.  Just search for “GA Votes” in the app store.

Secretary Kemp also encouraged Georgians to assist the Agency in preventing election fraud.  The Stop Voter Fraud section of our website can be accessed at http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/EMailStopVoterFraud.asp.  You can report suspicious activity on the website or by calling the Stop Voter Fraud Hotline at 877-725-9797.

Please remember that voters should also bring with them any valid state or federal government issued photo ID.

Types of valid photo ID:

•  A Georgia’s Driver’s License, even if expired

•  Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state

•  Valid U.S. passport

•  Valid U.S. military photo ID

•  Valid tribal photo ID

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the offices wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.

Secretary of State reports early voting totals

Atlanta – Early in-person voting ended on Friday, May 16.  While mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast until the polls close tomorrow evening, the majority of early votes have been cast.

Number of ballots cast:  239,281

Number of ballots voted in person:  214,975

Number of mail-in ballots returned:  24,306

Number of mail-in ballots outstanding:  14,385

Number of ballots cast, Republican:  147,995

Number of ballots cast, Democratic:  88,316

Number of ballots cast, non-partisan:  2,970

Compared with four years ago, early voting numbers are higher than they were in 2010.

Number of ballots cast in 2010:  212,487

Number of ballots voted in person in 2010:  162,065

Number of mail-in ballots returned in 2010:  50,422

“The numbers make it clear that Georgia voters are increasingly taking advantage of early voting opportunities,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  “The counties have done a wonderful job of fine-tuning the early voting process.”

In 2010, in person early voting was spread out over a seven-week period rather than the three-week period that exists now.  The numbers reflect that by compressing the process, more Georgia voters actually vote early.

“This early voting period was an extremely smooth process,” said Kemp.  “I appreciate the work of my staff, the county election officials and the many poll workers and volunteers who worked so hard.”

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the offices wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.




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