For Immediate Release
May 7, 2008
Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations
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Secretary of State Handel Encourages Georgians to Request Absentee Ballots
Atlanta—Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today encouraged Georgians to request an absentee ballot for the July 15, 2008 General Primary Election and the November 4, 2008 General Election. Registered voters in Georgia can request an absentee ballot for the General Primary and the General Election beginning Thursday, May 8.
“We will likely see high turnout in this year’s General Primary and General Election. That could mean extended wait times at some precincts,” Secretary Handel said. “Absentee voting is a convenient way for voters to exercise their civic duty without having to visit a polling place on Election Day.”
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar by completing the application located on the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/ElectionCenter08.htm. Voters then submit the form to their county registrar by mail or fax. Contact information for county registrars can be found here: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/ElectionCenter08.htm.
Voters can request an absentee ballot beginning 180 days prior to an election without providing a reason. Absentee ballots will be mailed 45 days prior to federal, state, and county elections and 21 days prior to elections featuring only municipal candidates. Voters must submit a separate absentee ballot application for each election, unless they are physically disabled, of advanced age, or exempted by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Voters participating by absentee ballot by mail are not required to provide photo identification. Absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar by Election Day.
Georgians with more questions regarding elections and absentee ballots can call the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (404) 656-2871 or visit http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/.
Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of State's office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.