Elections FAQ

Registration Questions

Election Questions

General Questions

 

How do I register to vote? 
Residents may register at the same time they receive their driver’s license, or they may fill out a form available at the Voter Registrar’s Office located at 96 Academy Avenue, in any library or DHR office. You can also download the application from the website, and mail the completed/signed application to Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration, 96 Academy Avenue, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

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Who can register to vote in the state of Georgia? 
The qualifications to register to vote in Georgia are:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States
  • You must be a legal resident of Georgia and in particular a legal resident of Dawson County in order to vote in this county
  • You must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day
  • You may not register if you are currently serving any sentence for the conviction of a felony or be judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.

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When do I register to vote? 
Residents may register to vote anytime; however, voters must be registered 30 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in that particular election.

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Where do I send my voter registration form after I fill it out? 
If you have a pre-printed registration form from the Secretary of State, just fill in all the information, sign and send it to the pre-addressed, postage paid address printed on the back side of the registration form. If you have downloaded the application from the website, you may mail the completed/signed application to Dawson County Board of Elections & Registration, 96 Academy Avenue, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

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Do I have to register by political party? 
No. Georgia does not register voters by political party.

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I am registered with a particular political party; may I vote in a Primary Election? 
Yes, absolutely, because in Georgia voters do not register by party. On the day of an election, each registered voter chooses a Republican or Democratic ballot. In the case of a run-off, those who chose a Republican ballot in the election can only vote in the Republican run-off. Those who picked a Democratic ballot can only vote in the Democratic runoff.

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Do I have to re-register if I move? 
Yes. Voters are required to notify the Voter Registrar’s office of their county of residence whenever they move. If you move within 30 days of an election, you may vote in your old precinct for that election.

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Do I have to re-register if I change my name? 
Yes. In order to keep your records up to date, you should re-register and provide the county registrar’s office with your correct information.

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Do I have to re-register for each election? 
No. Your voter registration status will remain active as long as you either vote or update your record (through signing of a petition, change of address, change of name, confirmation notices, etc.) at least once in a three-year period.

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I did not vote in the last election. Do I need to re-register? 
No. Your voter registration status will remain active as long as you either vote or update your record (through signing of a petition, change of address, change of name, confirmation notices, etc.) at least once in a three-year period.

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When is the latest I can register for the next election? 
You must register no later than the 5th Monday prior to the next election. Mail-in forms must be postmarked by this deadline.

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How do I know if my Dawson County voter registration is up to date? 
The fastest way to check is by going to our Registered Voter Lookup application. However, you may also come by the registrar’s office or call us here at (706) 344-3640 to verify that your registration information is up to date.

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I sent in my voter registration application a month ago, and I still do not know where to vote. What should I do? 
After your county receives your voter registration form, you will receive a precinct card in the mail, which will state the location of your polling place and your local, State, and Federal districts. If you do not receive your precinct card within 30 days, contact the voter registration office in your county by calling (706) 344-3640.

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Who can vote in Georgia? 
Only registered voters can vote in Georgia. Register today!

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Once I have registered, where do I vote? 
After your county receives your voter registration form, you will receive a precinct card in the mail, which will state the location of your polling place and your local, State, and Federal districts. If you do not receive your precinct card within 30 days, contact the voter registration office in your county by calling (706) 344-3640.

On Election Day registered voters may only vote at their specific polling location. Your particular polling place is determined by the county precinct in which you live. That, of course, is determined by the street address that you list as your place of residence on your registration application.

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When are the polls open? 
On Election Day polls are open from 7:00AM until 7:00PM. However, any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00PM will be allowed to vote.

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What is Advance Voting? 
There shall be a period of advance voting that shall commence on the fourth Monday immediately prior to each primary or election and as soon as possible prior to a runoff and shall end on the Friday immediately prior to each primary, election, or runoff. Voting shall be conducted during normal business hours on weekdays during such period and shall be conducted on the second Saturday prior to primary or election during the hours of 9:00 A.M. through 4 P.M.; provided, however, that in primaries and elections in which there are no federal or state candidates on the ballot, no Saturday voting hours shall be required. Code Section 21-2-385(d)(1).

What is Absentee Voting? 
Absentee voting is a way to vote in the days prior to any election day by either applying in person to vote in the Election Office or by requesting an absentee ballot via the mail. It is no longer necessary to state an excuse in order to receive an absentee ballot.

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How do I apply for an absentee ballot? 
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar's office by 7:00PM on Election Day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. The application must be in writing and must contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote. If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.

Applications for absentee ballots by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in which a Federal candidate appears on the ballot as well as for any runoffs resulting there from, including presidential preference primaries. This application is valid for two general elections. It is no longer necessary to state an excuse in order to receive an absentee ballot via mail; however, an excuse is still necessary to vote absentee in person.

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May I receive assistance with my absentee ballot? 
Yes. A physically disabled or illiterate voter may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or municipality or from the same category of relatives who can make an application for or deliver an absentee ballot. If the voter is outside of the county or municipality, then a notary public can provide such assistance. Any person who assists another person to vote absentee must complete an oath prescribed by law demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired. Other than Federal elections, no person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff. A candidate on the ballot, or a relative of a candidate on the ballot, may not offer assistance during the election to any voter who is not related to the candidate.

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What can I expect on Election Day? 
When you arrive at your polling place, you will complete a voter's certificate, which asks for your name and residence address. You will then present the certificate and proper identification to the poll officials who will verify that you are a registered voter in that precinct by checking the voter's list for that precinct. Voters are required to present identification at their polling place prior to casting their ballot. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

  • A  Georgia driver's license, even if expired. 
  • A valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including one issued by the Department of Driver Services or your county registrar's office.
  • Valid U.S. passport.
  • 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. military ID.
  • Valid tribal photo ID.

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Do I have to show identification when voting? 
Yes, voters are required to present identification at their polling place prior to casting their ballot.

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Do I need my registration card in order to vote? 
No. Your registration card is just a way of letting you know that you are registered in the county and where your polling location is. Also, your registration card is not a valid form of identification required when you go to vote.

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May I receive assistance in voting? 
Yes. A voter may receive assistance at the polls if he/she is unable to read the English language or if he/she has a physical disability that renders the voter unable to see or mark the ballot, operate the voting equipment, or enter the voting booth. When there is a Federal candidate on the ballot, the voter may select anyone he/she wants to assist them in voting, except for the voter's employer, an agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of the voter's union. When there is no Federal candidate on the ballot, the voter may select any other resident of the precinct or a parent, sibling, spouse or child (provided they are not a candidate on the ballot or a relative of a candidate on the ballot) to assist him/her inside the voting booth. No person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff. Note: Between the hours of 9:30AM and 4:30PM on the day of an election, voters who are 75 years of age or older or who are physically disabled may, upon request to a poll officer, vote immediately without waiting in line.

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What types of elections are there? 
There are three basic types – primary, general and local. In addition, “special elections” can be called which are limited to one specific purpose, e.g., filling a vacancy.

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What is a primary election? 
A primary election is a nominating election in which a candidate is chosen by a political party. A primary election can be either open or closed. Georgia has open primaries in which any eligible voter, regardless of party affiliation, may vote.

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What is a general election? 
A general election is an election held to choose among candidates nominated in a primary for Federal, State and local office. The purpose of a general election is to make a final choice among the various candidates who have been nominated by parties or who are running as independent or write-in candidates.

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When is a general election held? 
It is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in even-numbered years.

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Does my vote really make a difference? 
“Just” one vote can and often does make a difference in the outcome of an election.

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How old must you be to be a legislative page? 
12

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How old must you be to be a poll worker during elections? 
16

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How old must you be to register to vote? 
17 1/2

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How old must you be to vote? 
18

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How old must you be to be a member of the Georgia House of Representatives? 
21

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How old must you be to be a member of the Georgia Senate? 
25

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How old must you be to be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives? 
25

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How old must you be to be a member of the U.S. Senate? 
30

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How old must you be to be governor of Georgia? 
30

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How old must you be to be president of the United States? 
35

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Who was the founder of Georgia? 
James Oglethorpe

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How many US Representatives are from Georgia? 
13

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Who is the Secretary of State of Georgia? 
Brian Kemp

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How many US Senators are from Georgia? Name them. 
2-Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss

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Who is the Governor of Georgia? What county is he from? 
Nathan Deal-Hall County

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How many State Representatives are there in Georgia? 
180

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How many State Senators are there in Georgia? 
56

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What is the name of the Mayor of Dawsonville, Georgia? 
Mayor James Grogan

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What is the name of the Sheriff of Dawson County? 
Sheriff Billy Carlisle

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