VOTE: Election 2020
Georgia
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

State or federal government issued photo ID
Driver's license, even if expired
Employee photo ID from any entity of the federal, state or local government
U.S. passport ID
U.S. military photo ID
Tribal photo ID

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Georgia?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 30th.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by Election day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 12

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/5.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/5.

Georgia does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Georgia

Biography

David Perdue (Republican) was a member of the U.S. Senate from Georgia. He was first elected in 2014, and his term ended on January 3, 2021. Perdue ran for re-election and lost to Jon Ossoff (D) in the Senate runoff election on January 5, 2021.

In the 2014 election, Perdue defeated Michelle Nunn (D) 53% to 45%. He replaced retiring incumbent Saxby Chambliss (R).

Prior to running for Senate, Perdue served as CEO of Reebok, Dollar General, and Pillowtex. Former Georgia Gov. and Trump administration Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (R) is his cousin.

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Biography

Jon Ossoff (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Georgia. He assumed office on January 20, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Ossoff (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He won in the general runoff election on January 5, 2021.

Ossoff was the CEO of an investigative media production company as of December 2020. He ran against Karen Handel (R) in the 2017 special election to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House. That race went to a runoff, where he lost 48% to 52%. It was the most expensive House race in U.S. history as of that time. Ossoff raised more than $23 million.

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Biography

Shane Hazel (Libertarian Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He lost in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Hazel was a 2018 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Georgia.

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Initiatives

Georgia Amendment 1
Dedicating Tax and Fee Revenue Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported authorizing the Georgia Legislature to dedicate tax or fee revenue to the public purpose for which the taxes or fees were imposed.

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A "no" vote opposed authorizing the Georgia Legislature to dedicate tax or fee revenue to the public purpose for which the taxes or fees were imposed.

 
Georgia Amendment 2
Allow Residents to Seek Declaratory Relief from Certain Laws Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported waiving the state's sovereign immunity and allowing residents to seek declaratory relief from state or local laws that violate the Constitution of Georgia, the U.S. Constitution, or state law.

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A "no" vote opposed waiving the state's sovereign immunity, thereby continuing to prohibit residents from seeking declaratory relief from state or local laws that violate the U.S. Constitution, the state constitution, or state law.

Georgia Referendum A
Property Tax Exemption for Certain Charities Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported exempting from property taxes property owned by a 501(c)(3) public charity if the property is owned exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes and the charity provides interest-free financing to the individual(s) purchasing the home.

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A "no" vote opposed authorizing a property tax exemption for certain property owned by certain 501(c)(3) public charities.