ESCALATION IN THE USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS
The Secretary of State has advised all Elections Office’s in Georgia’s 159 counties that they have contracted with a private company to mail an Application for Official Absentee Ballot to all active voters in the State. The voter should complete the form and return it. Upon receipt, an official ballot will be mailed to the voter for completion and return.
Voters in an inactive status will not receive an Application for Official Absentee Ballot. These voters will need to contact their local Elections office and go online at www.sos.ga.gov to secure an Application for Official Absentee Ballot.
This procedure is being implemented because of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19 pandemic and to lessen the number of voters coming to the Polls on Election day, May 19, 2020. In addition, the average age of poll workers are seniors and there may be a shortage of poll workers on
According to Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, voters returning the Application for Official Absentee Ballot and the actual Ballot will have to defray the cost of postage, Raffensperger stated the cost of postage would cost about 4 million dollars and his department does not have that amount of money to spend on postage.
No date has been given as to when these Applications for Official Absentee Ballot will be mailed.
If you have questions or desire additional information, please contact the Spalding County Board of Elections and Registration at 770 467-4245,
It is the mission of the Board of Elections and Voter Registration to uphold the integrity of the electoral process in Spalding County and to ensure that no voters experience disenfranchisement. The Board of Elections and Voter Registration is a 5-member board and is responsible for overseeing all Elections for Spalding County, City of Griffin/Orchard Hill. The Board of Elections and Voter Registration is committed to serving all eligible voters.
The Board of Elections and Voter Registration
Margaret Bentley – Chairman
Betty Bryant – Vice Chairman
Glenda Henley – Secretary
Randall Gooden – Member
Vera McIntosh – Member
The Board of Elections and Voter Registration Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, the public is invited.
The Board of Elections Meeting for April 14, 2020 has been CANCELLED
SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS MONTHLY MEETING
CLICK HERE for the meeting notice.
825 Memorial Drive
P. O. Box 1087
Griffin, GA 30224
2020 Meeting Agendas
March 10, 2020 – Regular Meeting Agenda
March 3, 2020 – Notice of Special Called Meeting
February 11, 2020 – Regular Meeting Agenda
January 14, 2020 – Board of Elections Agenda
January 06, 2020 – Regular Meeting After Agenda
January 14, 2020
February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020
June 09, 2020
July 14, 2020
August 11, 2020
September 08, 2020
October 13, 2020
November 10, 2020
December 08, 2020
NOTICE OF RECOUNT
Notice of Recount posted on 11/7/19
if you wait until Election Day to vote, you must go to your assigned polling place. To find your Election Day voting location, visit MY VOTER PAGE and enter the requested information. Your assigned polling place will be listed.
SPALDING COUNTY PRECINCTS
Spalding County has 18 Precincts CLICK HERE for the list.
ADVANCED VOTING AND ELECTION DAY VOTING
Don’t forget to take a valid photo ID with you when you go to vote!
Last day for early voting is the Friday before any election.
If a person presents himself or herself at a polling place, absentee polling place, or registration office for the purpose of casting a ballot in a primary or election believing that he or she has timely registered to vote in such primary or election and the person’s name does not appear on the list of registered electors, the person shall be entitled to cast a provisional ballot in the election. (O.C.G.A. § 21-2-418)
Georgia law requires that any voter casting a ballot in person during the advance voting period or on Election Day provide photo ID. A list of acceptable photo ID for voting purposes in Georgia can be found on the website for the Georgia Secretary of State at http://sos.ga.gov. If you do not have one of the required State Photo ID’s, you may be able to obtain a free Voter Identification Card (VIC)
HOW TO FIND A SAMPLE BALLOTS?
You can view and print your sample ballot by going to MY VOTER PAGE and enter the requested information.
There will be a link to your ballot.
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker please fill out the Poll Workers Application. Return it to the Elections office at 825 Memorial Dr. or fax it at 770-467-4278.
ELECTION RESULTS ELECTIONS
Voter Registration Information
Qualifications for registering to vote in the State of Georgia:
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be a resident of Spalding County
- Must be at least 17 ½ years old (must be 18 by the next election)
- Cannot be serving a sentence for a felony conviction
- Must not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent
Ways to register to vote:
Complete an application at the following locations:
- Office of Elections & Voter Registration – 825 Memorial Dr. Griffin, GA 30223
- Register to vote when you get your driver’s license at the Department of Drivers Services.
- Register to vote on MY VOTER PAGE.
- Download and complete a Registration Form and mail to:
P.O. Box 1087
Griffin, GA 30224
Ways to make changes to your registration:
- Complete a change form at our office located at 825 Memorial Dr. Griffin, GA 30223
- Change when you get your driver’s license at the Department of Drivers Services
- Make changes on MY VOTER PAGE.
- Download and complete a Registration Form and mail to:
P.O. Box 1087
Griffin, GA 30224
Confirm whether or not you are registered to vote in Spalding County
Go to MY VOTER PAGE and enter the requested information. Your current information will be listed.
How do I find my precinct and how to get a precinct card?
Go to MY VOTER PAGE and enter the requested information. Your polling place will be listed. You can also print off a temporary precinct card.
Deputy Registrar Training and Registration Drives
What is a Deputy Registrar?
Volunteer Deputy Registrars are entrusted with the responsibility of officially registering voters in the State of Georgia. They are appointed by county voter registrars and charged with helping increase voter registration in the state.
Deputy Registrar Training
Deputy Registrar training is held at the request of organizations, schools, community clubs and other like- minded groups. Call the office at 770-467-4245 to schedule a training class. Training classes are also scheduled monthly. CLICK HERE for the schedule.
Registration Drives are coordinated with the Elections office so they can be advertised. The form must be submitted no less than 5 days prior to the start of the Drive. CLICK HERE for the form.
ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL
ABSENTEE BY MAIL FOR THE NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 GENERAL ELECTION/SPECIAL ELECTION IS OCTOBER 14TH, 2019
REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION:
Absentee Ballot applications are available online at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or available at the Office of Elections and Voter Registration: 825 Memorial Drive; Griffin, GA 30224
ALL information MUST match the information on their voting profile.
Voters DO NOT have to provide a reason to request an Absentee Ballot.
If an exception is applicable to the voter said exception should be indicated on the application.
Last day to request an Absentee Ballot for the November 5th, 2019 General Election/Special Election is November 1st, 2019 by 3:00pm.
Absentee Ballot applications can be returned in the following manners:
In person at: 825 Memorial Drive; Griffin, GA 30224
Mailed to: PO Box 1087; Griffin, GA 30224
Email at: email@example.com
RETURNING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:
Absentee Ballots can be mailed to: PO Box 1087; Griffin, GA 30224 or delivered in person according to the law O.C.G.A 21-2-385(A).
ABSENTEE (EARLY) VOTING IN PERSON
EARLY VOTING FOR THE
NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 GENERAL ELECTION/SPECIAL ELECTION BEGINS
OCTOBER 14TH, 2019
Advance voting begins October 14th, 2019-November 1st, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm at:
825 Memorial Dr, Griffin, GA 30224
Acceptable forms of identification as indicated in O.C.G.A 21-2-417:
- Current or expired GA driver’s license or GA identification card
- Valid military photo identification card
- Valid photo identification card issued by any branch of government
- Valid employee photo identification card issued by any branch of government
- Valid U.S. passport
- Valid tribal photo ID card
CELL PHONES ARE PROHIBITED ONCE IN THE VOTING AREA as indicated in O.C.G.A 21-4-414.
If a voter believes they have the incorrect ballot or that the machine is not functioning properly, they should report such to a poll worker BEFORE touching “Cast Ballot”. Once “Cast Ballot” has been touched (even in the event of an accident) the ballot is officially cast and CANNOT be reversed AND/OR CANNOT receive another ballot.
Voters with visual impartments may access the magnifying feature on each voting machine. Additionally, each polling location will have one voting machine equipped with a keyboard/headphone for those with a visual impairment to vote without assistance.
Voters with a disability or over the age of 75 may notify a poll worker and will be moved to the front of the line. More so, if the voter has a disability, they can receive assistance. The voter and the person assisting them must sign the Voter Certificate.
Campaigning within 150 feet of any polling location or within 25 feet of anyone in line to cast a ballot at a polling location. Please note: hats, shirts, buttons, stickers etc. ARE considered campaign materials and NOT ALLOWED, as indicated in O.C.G.A 21-2-41- (A) (1-3).
Tabulation is done at the Election and Voter Registration Department: 825 Memorial Dr; Griffin, GA 30224 and is open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, tabulation will begin at 7:00pm on Election night.
Check my Voter Status and retrieve forms
Voters can go online at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or download the GA Votes App to do the following:
- Check their voter registration information and status
- Check their polling location
- Check their registration status
- Check the status of an Absentee Ballot Application
- Download an Absentee Ballot Application
- Locate their elected officials
- Register to vote (should be done prior to the Voter Registration Deadline)
- View and download their sample ballot
Candidate Information Public Notice of Municipal Election City of Griffin
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §21-2-131(a)(1)(A), the last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2019 Election Cycle is February 1. The City of Griffin has called for a Municipal Election to be conducted on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for Districts 2 and 4, as well as the newly instituted office of Mayor which shall be in lieu of the At-Large Commissioner position for the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners as reflected in the City Charter amendment. These three, four (4)-year terms shall commence on January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023.
Qualifying will begin on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and continue through Friday, August 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. The notarized application and qualifying fee of $403.20 will be accepted at the Spalding County Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 825 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA 30223
Public Notice of Municipal Election Orchard Hills
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §21-2-131(a)(1)(A), the last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2019 Election Cycle is February 1. The City of Orchard Hill has called for a Municipal Election to be conducted on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, for 2 seats on the City Council. These two, four (4)-year terms shall commence on January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023.
Qualifying will begin on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and continue through Friday, August 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. The notarized application and qualifying fee of $126.00 will be accepted at the Spalding County Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 825 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA 30223
Elected Official Information
Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Filing Periods
For candidates, candidate’s campaign committees, organizations or persons other than candidates Committee – (required by the State Ethics in Government Act for January 31, 2014 General Primary and General Election).
Candidates or campaign committees which accept contributions, make expenditures designed to bring about the nomination or election of a candidate, or have filed a declaration of intention to accept campaign contributions pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 21-5-30 (c) shall file campaign contribution disclosure reports in compliance with the following schedule:
- In each non-election year on January 31 and June 30;
- In each election year:
- On January 31, March 31, June 30, September 30, October 25, and December 31.
Candidates who have completed an “Affidavit of a Candidate’s Intent Not to Exceed $2,500 In Contributions and /or Expenditures”, and does not exceed $2,500 in contributions or expenditures then the candidate SHALL not have to file a report under O.C.G.A. 21.5.34(c)
A supplemental report shall be filed by the office holder no later than December 31st of each year, following the year in which the election occurred. (O.C.G.A. § 21-5-34(e))
All candidates shall have a five-day grace period in filing the required reports.
If a run-off election is required following a primary, general, or special election, candidates in such an election shall make such reports six days prior to the run-off election and shall have a two-day grace period in filing the reports. (O.C.G.A. § 21-5-34(c))
All candidates in the General Primary Runoff and General Election Runoff shall have a two-day grace period in filing the required reports.
Personal Identification Number Application (PIN)
Campaign Finance Disclosure Forms
- Declaration of Intent Form (DOI)
- Campaign Committee Registration Form (RC)
- Name Change Form for a Campaign Committee for a Candidate (Form RCNC)
Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports
- Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report (CCDR)
- Two Business Day Report
Personal Financial Disclosure Report
Late Fee Hardship Waiver Forms