For Immediate Release
July 14, 2008
Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations
Secretary Handel Reminds Voters of the Special Primary for Senate District 13
AtlantaóGeorgia Secretary of State Karen Handel reminded voters residing in state Senate District 13 that a Special Primary will occur on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. The Special Primary was called after the withdrawal of Senator Joseph Carter.
The Secretary of Stateís Elections Division received Mr. Carterís affidavit of withdrawal as a candidate in state Senate District 13. Because of the timing of the withdrawal, it was not possible to remove Mr. Carterís name from the ballot for in-person and absentee voting in the General Primary Election. Elections officials in Ben Hill, Crisp, Irwin, Lee, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties will post notifications in precincts within state Senate District 13 notifying voters of Mr. Carterís withdrawal. Any votes cast for Mr. Carter will not be counted.
Because the Special Primary is in lieu of the General Republican Primary for state Senate District 13, voters will only be able to participate in the Special Primary if they choose a Republican or nonpartisan ballot in the July 15, 2008 General Primary or if they did not vote in the Primary at all.
Secretary Handel set the candidate qualifying dates for state Senate District 13 as Wednesday, July 16 through Friday, July 18, 2008. Qualifying on Wednesday will run from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
Qualifying will be held in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 1104 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334-1505. Candidates may also qualify in the Secretary of Stateís South Georgia Office at 238 East Second Street, Tifton, Georgia, 31794. In accordance with O.C.G.A. ß 21-2-131, the qualifying fee is $400. The qualifying fee must be paid to the Georgia Republican Party in the form of a cashierís check or money order only.
Advance voting for the Special Primary will be held Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1, 2008. The Special Primary will be held in Ben Hill, Crisp, Irwin, Lee, Tift, Turner and Worth counties, and a portion of Wilcox County. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. August 5, 2008 is also the date for run-offs for the General Primary held on July 15, 2008. If necessary, a run-off for the Special Primary will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrarís office through the close of business on Friday, August 1, 2008. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar by close of business on Election Day. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit www.sos.ga.gov/elections.
Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of Stateís office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the officeís 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.