Politics

2018 General Election: Registration, Early Voting And More

Georgia voters will soon make their decisions in many statewide and federal races, including who will be the state’s next governor.
Georgia voters will soon make their decisions in many statewide and federal races, including who will be the state’s next governor.
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In November, Georgians will vote on many statewide and federal offices, including governor, secretary of state, attorney general and more. The candidates who won May’s primary elections will face each other in the general election.

Other candidates who were not on the primary ballots are also racing against the selected Republican and Democratic candidates. In the Georgia gubernatorial race, for example, Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp will face Libertarian Ted Metz and four write-in candidates.

Related: Check out WABE’s Election Center for info on candidates, ballot measure and more >>

How To Register

Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in this upcoming election and possible runoff.

You can register online by filling out an application or by visiting your County Board of Registrar’s Office, according to the Secretary of State’s website. Georgians can also register to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses. College students can get their registration forms for any state by visiting their school’s registrar’s office or the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Use the Secretary of State’s website for further guidance.

Finding Your Precinct

You can search for your precinct using Georgia’s “My Voter Page” here. 

Early Voting 

Use the Secretary of State’s website to find early voting information for your county.

So far, Fulton County has posted its early voting information online:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 26
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 2
  • Weekend voting hours are also scheduled Oct. 20 to 28

Absentee Voting

If you plan to cast an absentee ballot this year, you will need to fill out an application first. Then, the Georgia Secretary of State’s website says you can mail, fax, email or bring your application to your County Board of Registrar’s Office, for which you can search using this link here.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, the registrar is allowed to mail the absentee ballots between Sept. 18 and Nov. 2, and the absentee voting begins Oct. 15.

Important Dates

Oct. 9: Last day to register

Oct. 15: Absentee voting begins

Nov. 6: General/special election

Dec. 4: General/special election runoff

Dec. 10: Last day to register for general runoff for federal races

Jan. 8, 2019: General election runoff for federal races

Major Races

Governor 

  • Brian Kemp (Republican)
  • Stacey Abrams (Democrat)
  • Ted Metz (Libertarian)
  • Bobby Waldrep (Write-in)
  • Bobby Williams (Write-in)
  • David C. Byrne (Write-in)
  • Rod Mack (Write-in)

Lieutenant Governor 

  • Geoff Duncan (Republican)
  • Sarah Riggs Amico (Democrat)

Secretary of State

  • Brad Raffensperger (Republican)
  • John Barrow (Democrat)
  • Smythe Duval (Libertarian)

Attorney General 

  • Chris Carr (Republican)
  • Charlie Bailey (Democrat)