2020 a big year for elections

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Below is a list of important dates and information for this year’s primary and general elections as well
as a demonstration of the new voting machines that will be used across the state. 

  • Hart County Board of Elections supervisor Robin Webb, left, and Paul Bishop, a poll worker, demonstrate how the new Dominion voting machines operate much like an iPad when casting votes.
    Hart County Board of Elections supervisor Robin Webb, left, and Paul Bishop, a poll worker, demonstrate how the new Dominion voting machines operate much like an iPad when casting votes.
  • Webb watches as Bishop reviews his ballot on a paper printout.
    Webb watches as Bishop reviews his ballot on a paper printout.
  • The new system allows three different opportunities to review ballots, the first on the screen, the second on paper, then once more before submitting the paper ballot into a secure bin that will be taken to the board of elections office, creating a paper archive in addition to the electronically cast ballots.
    The new system allows three different opportunities to review ballots, the first on the screen, the second on paper, then once more before submitting the paper ballot into a secure bin that will be taken to the board of elections office, creating a paper archive in addition to the electronically cast ballots.
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March 24 

Presidential 

Preference Primary

Feb. 4 — first day to mail absentee ballots

Feb. 24 — Voter registration cut-off

March 2-20 — Early Voting at 182 Cade Street

March 14 — Saturday Voting at 182 Cade Street

 

Candidate 

Qualifying

March 2, 9 a.m. – March 6 at noon

Local Offices up for grabs

Sheriff; Tax Commissioner; Probate Judge; Magistrate Judge; Clerk of Superior Court; Board of Education Districts 1, 3, 5; Board of Commissioners Districts 1, 3, 5; Coroner; Surveyor

 

May 19 General
Primary

March 31 — first day to mail absentee ballots

April 20 — voter registration cut-off

April 27 to May 15 — Early Voting at 182 Cade Street

May 9 — Saturday Voting at 182 Cade Street

 

July 21 General 

Primary Runoff 

(if necessary)

TBD — first day to mail absentee ballots

April 20 — voter registration cut-off

June 29 to July 17 — Early Voting at 182 Cade Street

 

Nov. 3 General 

Election

Sept. 15 — first day to mail absentee ballots

Oct. 5 — voter registration cut-off

Oct 12-30 — Early Voting at 182 Cade Street

Oct 21 — Saturday Voting at 182 Cade Street

Dec. 1 — State and Local Runoff

Jan. 5, 2021 — Federal Runoff

 

MY VOTER PAGE

Voters can visit My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov for tons of information. A person can register to vote, change voter information, find their polling place or early voting location, print an absentee ballot application, view their elected officials and qualified candidates, check the status of absentee or provisional ballots, and even print or have a precinct card emailed to them. 

 

Poll Workers

The Board of Elections is recruiting poll workers for the 2020 Elections. Poll workers must be at least 16 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hart County and be able to read and write the English language. No person holding public office or candidate for office may serve as a poll worker. Immediate family members of candidates cannot serve in an election where the relative is a candidate. Poll workers will be required to attend training before each election and be available to work 6 a.m. until the polls close on election day. Contact the Board of Elections office at 706-376-8911 for more information.  

 

Voting Equipment

The Secretary of State introduced Dominion Voting as the vendor for the all new paper ballot marking system. Hart County Board of Elections currently has two sets of demonstration equipment and would like to conduct presentations to introduce it to the public. Any group or organization that would like a demo can contact the office at 706-376-8911. Demonstrations can be scheduled now through the middle of February. There will be public demonstrations at 182 Cade Street, Jan. 14 and 16 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. Other in-office demos can be scheduled at your request.

Also, there is a video posted on the county website.  Go to hartcountyga.gov and click Secure the Vote about half way down the page to view it.

ABSENTEE BALLOT 

REQUESTS

Voters wanting absentee ballots must complete an Absentee Ballot Application for each election even if you have received ballots in the past. New applications are necessary for everyone because this is the beginning of a new election cycle. Elderly and disabled voters will only need to complete one application for this election cycle, but they must mark it on the application that they are elderly or disabled. Applications are available at the Board of Elections and Registration or can be mailed by calling 706-376-8911. Voters may also visit mvp.sos.ga.gov to print an absentee voter application. Ballot application requests can be made now and the first day ballots will be mailed for the March 24 presidential primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 4.