Election Protection Hotline Assistance Available
‘Georgia is seeing record turnout this year, but we are concerned that historically marginalized voices may not be represented in that turnout.’
Tomorrow, May 19 is the last day of early in-person voting for the 2022 Georgia primary. Voters can cast ballots at any early voting location in their county through 5pm tomorrow. More information is available at https://georgia.gov/vote-early-person.
Ballot drop boxes will not be available after the end of early voting, at 5pm tomorrow, Friday, May 20.
Voted absentee ballots must be received by the voter’s County Board of Registrars before 7pm on Election Day, Tuesday, May 24.
A few counties are reporting higher-than-expected rates of rejected absentee ballots. Voters can check the status of their mail ballot and find other information on the state’s “My Voter Page” at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/. Voters whose ballots have been rejected should contact their county registrar to get more information and find options to cure the rejection. One of the most common reasons an absentee ballot is rejected is because it has not been properly signed.
Voters who have questions or problems can contact the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE. Started in the wake of the 2000 presidential election, the program is now run by a nonpartisan coalition of more than 100 organizations. It has more than 40,000 volunteers nationwide, including more than 1,000 in Georgia.
Primary election day is Tuesday, May 24. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm.
The redistricting process has caused changes to precinct lines, requiring changes to some voting locations. Information on the state’s website may be out-of-date, so voters are urged to check with their county elections office to find their polling place.
Voters who need transportation to vote can contact The People’s Agenda https://thepeoplesagenda.org/ or New Georgia Project https://newgeorgiaproject.org/rides/ and register for free rides to and from the polls.
Statement of Common Cause Georgia Executive Director Aunna Dennis
Anyone who has not yet mailed their absentee ballot should deposit it in a drop box before 5pm tomorrow.
And we urge everyone planning to vote in person to cast your ballots before early voting ends tomorrow. If something goes wrong while you’re early-voting, you can always try again on Election Day. But if something goes wrong on Election Day, and you haven’t voted, you’ve missed your opportunity.
Georgia is seeing record turnout this year, but we are concerned that historically marginalized voices may not be represented in that turnout. Many people are being discouraged, or finding it harder to vote, because of last year’s anti-voter legislation. But for our ‘government by the people’ to be truly representative, we all need to participate by voting.
This year, especially, it’s important for all of us to encourage each other to cast our ballots and have our voices heard.