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Secretary of State Karen Handel Reminds Voters about the Conclusion of Advance Voting and Absentee Balloting for the Special Election
Atlanta—Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel reminded voters today about the conclusion of advance voting and absentee balloting for the Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Special Election. Counties can schedule a Special Election on September 16 at their discretion. Voters should contact their county registrar to find out if there is a Special Election scheduled in their county.
Voters will have the opportunity to advance vote in-person through the close of business on Friday, September 12, 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, September 12, 2008. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar by Election Day, September 16, 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:
A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
Valid U.S. passport;
Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
Valid U.S. military photo ID; or
Valid tribal photo ID.
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, September 16, 2008. Voters can find voter registration information, including polling locations and legislative districts, by visiting http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/polllocator/.
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.