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2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar courtesy of the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.
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2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar courtesy of the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.
For additional key dates, click here and click on the link for 2020 Election Dates.
 
BREAKING NEWS: 2020 Local Election and Voting Information
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The November Presidential Election is coming up. There are several ways that citizens can make their voices heard.

The first is to get educated on what is on the ballot. There are a number of candidates on the ballot as well as a "jungle primary" with 20 candidates running for federal office.

There are also two constitutional amendments and one statewide referendum.

Constitutional Amendments and Statewide Referendum

Voters are being asked to choose yes or no on three questions.

Constitutional Amendment 1: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?" The explanation on the ballot reads as follows: "Authorizes dedication of fees and taxes to their intended purposes by general state law."

Constitutional Amendment 2: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to waive sovereign immunity and allow the people of Georgia to petition the superior court for relief from governmental acts done outside the scope of lawful authority or which violate the laws of this state, the Constitution of Georgia, or the Constitution of the United States?" The explanation on the ballot reads as follows: "Waives state and local sovereign immunity for violation of state laws, state and federal constitutions."

Statewide Referendum: "Shall the Act be approved which provides an exemption from advalorem taxes for all real property owned by a purely public charity, if such charity is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and such real property is held exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes to be financed by such charity to individuals using loans that shall not bear interest?" The explanation on the ballot reads as follows: "Provides tax exemption for certain single-family homes owned by tax exempt charities."

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office offers an explanation of these items here: sos.ga.gov.

Jessica Szilagyi from All On Georgia offers an explanation of these items here: allongeorgia.com.

Click here to review the candidates prior to voting.

Absentee Ballots

First, absentee voting is ongoing at this time and will continue through the night of the election. Voters should drop their ballots into the mail at least one week prior to the election in order to give the ballots time to travel to the Atlanta processing and distribution center and back to Zebulon as current mail regulations require. [Note from the Editor: All mail in the state does this and has for a number of years.] Voters who are sheltering or cannot physically return the ballots can vote, sign, and seal their ballots before sending the ballot with a friend to be dropped off in the drop box if they would rather not send their ballots through the mail.

Voters can also bring their ballots to the Registrar’s Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and hand it directly to a staff member in the Registrar’s Office, or voters can drop their completed absentee ballots into the secure Absentee Ballot Return Box outside of the Registrar’s Office in Zebulon.

Regular absentee ballots must be received in the mail by 5 p.m. on the night of the election.

Absentee ballots placed in the secure drop box will be collected at 7 p.m. on Election Night.

Military and overseas ballots have to be received by the Friday following Election Day.

For more information on absentee ballots, you can read, "BREAKING NEWS: Am I Automatically Getting an Absentee Ballot and Other Important Information for the November Election" by clicking here.

If you would like information on tracking your absentee ballot as it goes to the Pike County Board of Registrar's, you can click here to read "State Election Board Gives Unanimous Green Light to Online Absentee Ballot Portal."

Early Voting in Person and Election Day Voting

Advanced in Person (Early voting in person) began on Monday at the Registrar's Office (next to the Sheriff's Office in Zebulon) and will continue Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, October 30. PLEASE NOTE: The Registrar’s Office will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but no voting will be allowed during the first hour of opening or the last hour of the day in order for the staff to complete required state paperwork pertaining to voting each day.

October 24 is the mandatory Saturday voting day with voting hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final day of early voting will be on Friday, October 30. PLEASE NOTE:There will be NO voting on Monday, November 1.

Election Day will be on Tuesday, November 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voter identification is required in order to vote.

If there is an issue with voting on Election Day due to no ID on person, a problem with a mailing address, etc. voters can cast a provisional ballot on paper and walk through necessary steps prior to the deadline at noon on the following Friday.

What About A Runoff?

The earliest day for the Registrar’s Office to mail out an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff for federal offices (aka the Jungle Primary for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s current US Senate seat) will be on November 18, 2020.

Advanced in Person (Early voting in person) will begin on December 14, 2020.

Election Day for the Federal Runoff (if needed) will be on January 5, 2021. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voter identification will be required at the polls.

Closing

A record number of votes have been in cast in Georgia so far. Click here to read about it. This includes a large number of votes that have been cast in Pike County!

There are 14,232 registered voters in Pike County.

Click here to see a copy of the sample ballot.


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10.15.20
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