Here is what you need to know on Georgia’s primary day

ATLANTA — Tuesday is Primary Day in Georgia and there is a lot you need to know if you’re heading to the polls. The polls open at 7 a.m.

Voters will be picking candidates in all of Georgia’s 14 congressional districts.

There are a couple of Congressional races that you’ll want to pay attention to.

Rep. Drew Ferguson, who represents Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District, is not running for re-election, which means his seat is up for grabs.

Georgia’s 3rd District covers all Coweta, Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Harris, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson counties. It also covers parts of Douglas, Fayette, Henry, and Muscogee counties.

There are two Democrats and six Republicans running in the race for Ferguson’s seat.

Districts 6 and 7 will also be ones to watch both districts were impacted by the new Congressional maps that were drawn up earlier this year.

District 6, currently heled by Republican Rich McCormick, will shift to a Democrat-leaning district. District 7, currently held by Democrat Lucy McBath, will shift to a Republican-leaning district.

McBath is running in District 6, while McCormick will run in District 7.

The redrawn maps are expected to keep the balance of power in both Congress and at the state level.

Statewide, one of the most closely watched races is the one between Georgia Supreme Court Justice Andrew Pinson and John Barrow, a former Democratic congressman.

Barrow has been positioning himself as fighting for women’s rights as the Georgia Supreme Court continues to decide whether the state’s heartbeat abortion law is constitutional.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is facing a Democratic challenger as she continues to have several large cases currently going through the Fulton County court system, including the Georgia election interference case and the YSL gang trial.

Christian Wise Smith is running against Willis and hopes to overtake her seat. Come November, Willis will also face a Republican challenger, with Alpharetta attorney Courtney Kramer challenging Willis.

“I think the moment she decided to indict President Trump and 19 other defendants was the moment I said I had had enough,” Kramer said.

Any race that does not meet the 50% plus one vote threshold, will go into a runoff.

Georgia is an open primary state, meaning voters can choose whichever party’s primary they want to participate in.

What to bring

  • You will need to show photo ID to vote in Georgia. Acceptable forms include: any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; valid US passport ID; valid US military photo ID; student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school; or a valid tribal photo ID.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. If you are a first-time voter, you will need to provide a copy of your ID within three days after the election to your County Board of Elections and Registration. As long as you do so, your provisional ballot will be counted, as long as you are otherwise eligible to vote.

Other things to know

  • Attire - Georgia state law bans campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place. That includes clothing that supports a political candidate. If you are wearing clothing with a candidates name or slogan on it, you could be turned away.
  • Provisional Ballots - If you show up to your polling place but have not met all the requirements listed above, you have the right to request a provisional ballot. Your vote will count as long as you resolve the eligibility issues within three days after Election Day. Learn more about provisional ballots.
  • Request voter assistance if you need it – If you require special assistance to vote or to access your polling place, contact your County Board of Registrar’s Office for help.
  • Update any information – If you move, you must file a notice of your new address in writing to your County Board of Registrar’s Office or submit a new voter registration application.

Voters who requested absentee ballots but didn’t return them in time can still vote in person, but they’ll have to fill out paperwork at the polls to cancel their absentee ballots. Absentee ballots can also be returned in person to election offices.

To check your registration status or your polling location, CLICK HERE.


Information from the state of Georgia.

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