For Immediate Release
July 31, 2008
Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations
Secretary of State Karen Handel Reminds Voters about the Conclusion of Advance Voting and Absentee Balloting for the General Primary Election Run-off
Atlanta—Secretary of State Karen Handel reminded voters today about the conclusion of advance voting and absentee balloting for the Tuesday, August 5, 2008 statewide General Primary Election Run-off. Voters who did not participate in the July 15 General Primary or selected a non-partisan ballot will be able to vote in either the Democratic or Republican Party’s General Primary run-off. Voters who selected a Democratic or Republican Party ballot in the General Primary can only vote in the same party’s Primary run-off.
Voters will have the opportunity to advance vote in-person through the close of business on Friday, August 1, 2008. Voters will be required to show photo identification prior to in-person advance voting.
Voters can request an absentee ballot through the close of business on Friday, August 1, 2008. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar by Election Day, August 5, 2008. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail.
Voters will be required to show one of the following six forms of photo ID when voting in-person during advance voting or on Election Day:
If a voter does not have one of these forms of photo identification, they can obtain a free voter ID card at their county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Anyone with additional questions about Georgia’s photo ID requirement can visit www.GAPhotoID.com or call toll free (877) 725-9797.
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. Voters can find voter registration information, including polling locations and legislative districts, by visiting http://sos.georgia.gov/cgi-bin/locator.asp.
A Special Primary Election will also be held on August 5 for state Senate District 13. The Special Primary will be held in Ben Hill, Crisp, Irwin, Lee, Tift, Turner and Worth counties, and a portion of Wilcox County. 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.
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.