Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the 2018 Georgia midterms.
ICYMI there's some big sh*t happening this November and before. Early voting is open now and the real action starts May 22nd.
Here's what you need to know:
SAVE THE DATE(s) and don't underestimate the primary, y'all:
PRIMARY: May 22, 2018 <-----------HEY! That's soon!
RUNOFF: July 24, 2018
GENERAL: November 6, 2018
STEP 1: Discover
Obviously, if you're reading this you will know that our dear old Secretary of State, and gem of a gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, has a long history of funny business when it comes to election integrity and voter suppression.
The first thing you're going to want to do is make sure he didn't mess with your voter registration and/or polling location. Here's how:
Log on to the Georgia My Voter Page (MVP) and enter your first initial, last name, birthdate, and county:
Next you need to confirm your polling locations, districts, registration status, and, very importantly, download a sample ballot:
STEP 2: Decide
Now that you have your sample ballot, you may be thinking, "I thought I knew my stuff about this election but I haven't heard of half of these folks."
Totally normal. Seriously.
The good news is that you have lots of ways to find out information about each candidate. Georgia 159 Together is the bee's knees when it comes to all-things-info for statewide elections. They have social media links, website links and more info on most candidates in the state!
STEP 3: Do The Damn Thing!
Now, you're informed and ready to resist. Go, you! It's time to cast that ballot.
KEY ELECTION DATES
May 22, 2018 — General Primary, Nonpartisan General Election & Special Election (voter reg. ends 04/24/18)
July 24, 2018 — General Primary, Nonpartisan General Election and Special Election Runoff (voter reg. ends 04/24/18)
July 24, 2018 — General Primary Runoff Date for Federal Races (voter reg. ends 06/25/18)
November 6, 2018 —General Election/Special Election Date (voter reg. ends 10/09/18)
EARLY VOTING: April 30-May 18
Voter suppression is alive and well in our state. It's awe inspiring how different each county handles early voting. Hours, locations and accessibility vary considerably. Did you know that you can vote at ANY early voting location in your county? #truth
VOTE BY MAIL:
Legally, anyone can vote absentee by mail, without giving any reason The entire process takes about 2 minutes to apply, 2-5 days or so to arrive and is trackable the entire way! Remember that EVERY single absentee ballot is timestamped, recorded and counted, just like standard voting. (you can track it on the MVP portal) The last day to apply for absentee ballots is the Friday prior to the election. Actual ballots must be postmarked and delivered by 5pm on election day.
First download your absentee application (filling in highlighted areas)
Complete the application and submit via fax, email, or mail in to your county of voter registration. *For email, scan or take picture with your smartphone and send attachment (.pdf preferred) and you will receive confirmation
You should receive your ballot within 2-5 business days. Fill it out, carefully following all directions, making sure to sign and apply TWO stamps. (Note: it is illegal to publicly post images of your actual completed ballot.) TRACK EVERYTHING! Verify receipt of your ballot by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
VOTE IN PERSON: Election Day
Polls are open from 7am to 7pm.
You can only vote at your regular designated polling location.
CONFIRM YOUR POLLING LOCATION HERE Don't let them turn you away at the polls. Ask for a provisional ballot!
One more thing...
Never miss a chance-to-vote-reminder! For the love of all things holy, sign up for TurboVote. It's free, non-partisan and perfect for people like me who are scrambled with life stuff. They'll text me and email me with reminders of chances for my opportunity to vote based on my address. They'll even gently remind you when absentee and early voting deadlines are. The more local, the more vocal #amirite