Our own absentee ballot tracker: Throughout the Nov. 3 election cycle, we’re using our own absentee ballot application to track what happens in the process. You can do the same by going to the MVP post on the Secretary of State’s website. Click here. Our status:
- Aug. 28: Our request was received at the Floyd County elections office.
- Today, Sept. 18: The date listed on the tracker on when the ballot will be sent.
- September ??: We will list the date it arrives. Our intent is to deliver it to a ballot drop box in Rome (see images below).
- Next up: Date received, status of our ballot and then “reason” if there are any issues.
- Want to apply for an absentee ballot? Click here.
How to apply for an absentee ballot today: The Secretary of State’s office has launched a website to help handle record numbers of voters expected to cast an absentee ballot in this year’s presidential election. The site is available at ballot request.sos.ga.gov. (We gave it a test run and was finished in two minutes; basic and easy to do).
Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the site and ballots.
Q: Can anyone use this website? A: Any registered Georgia voter is eligible to request and cast an absentee ballot. State law has allowed any voter to use an absentee ballot since 2005.
Q: What information do I need to enter? A: Voters need to type five pieces of information to get started: their first name, last name, birth date, county, and driver’s license or state ID number. Then on the next screen, they can choose what address their ballot should be mailed to and enter an email address to receive a confirmation that their application has been received. Voters who are over 65 years old, physically disabled or living overseas are eligible to sign up to receive an absentee ballot for future elections in this election cycle.
Q: How does the website check my identity? A: The absentee ballot request website matches information with voter registration records. If your name, birth date, county and ID don’t match, you won’t be able to proceed. After three failed attempts, the website will direct you to fill out a PDF application that can be mailed or emailed to county election offices.
Q: Can I track my absentee ballot online? A: The status of absentee ballot requests will be reflected on the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov after county election officials accept them. Then voters will be able to see the date their absentee ballot application was received, the date their ballot was issued, and the date the completed ballot was received by the county.
A look at what’s on the Nov. 3 ballot:
- Floyd County Commission, Post 2: Wright Bagby, R; Charles “Coach” Smith, D.
- Floyd County Commission, Post 3; Allison Watters, R; Shonna Bailey, Post 3, D.
- Clerk of Court: Barbara Penson, R; Moriah Medina, D.
- District 12: Eddie Lumsden, R; Jonathan Gilreath-Harvey, D.
- District 16: Trey Kelley, R; Lyndsay Arrendale, D.
- District 14: Bruce Thompson, R.; Travis Johnson, D.
- District 31: Jason, Anavitarte, R; Tianna Smith, D.
- District 52: Chuck Hufstetler, R; Charles DeYoung, D.
Georgia Public Service Commission:
- District 1: Robert G. Byrant, D; Jason Shaw, R.
- District 4: Daniel Blackman, D; Lauren Bubba McDonald, Jr., R.
U.S. House (District 11):
- Democrat: Dana Barrett; Republican Barry Loudermilk.
- Republican David Perdue; Democrat Jon Ossoff
U.S. Senate (Isakson term):
- Democrats: Deborah Jackson, Jamesia James, Tamara Johnson-Shealey, Matt Lieberman, Joy Felicia Slade, Ed Tarver, Raphael Warnock, Richard Dien Winfield.
- Republicans: Doug Collins, Derrick Grayson, Annette Davis Jackson, A. Wayne Johnson, Kelly Loeffler, Kandiss Taylor.
Atlanta Press Club will partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting on the statewide debates. They will be available for viewers to watch online live or on demand via Facebook at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub. They also will stream live on GPB.org and air on GPB-TV.
House District 14: Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene against a potential Democratic candidate. Livestream at 1 p.m., on GPB at 10 p.m., both Oct. 12.
U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Joel Ossoff (D), 3 p.m. on livestreams, 8 p.m. on GPB, both Oct. 12.
U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, 1 and 3 p.m. livestream; 8 and 9 p.m. on GPB, both on Oct. 19. (Only candidates who have reached 3 percent on two independent polls).
From the Secretary of State’s office: Includes key dates to remember now through election day on Nov. 3.
- Saturday: The Floyd County Republican Party is opening a second headquarters at 1429 N. Broad St. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and state Rep. Vernon Jones will speak. A free hotdog lunch will be provided. The office will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.
- Oct. 5: Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices.
- Oct. 12: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election.
- Oct. 12: Atlanta Press Club debates: House District 14: Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene against a potential Democratic candidate. Livestream at 1 p.m., on GPB at 10 p.m., both Oct. 12. U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Joel Ossoff (D), 3 p.m. on livestreams, 8 p.m. on GPB.
- Oct. 17-18: First weekend of advance voting in Floyd County.
- Oct. 19: Atlanta Press Club debates: U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, 1 and 3 p.m. livestream; 8 and 9 p.m. on GPB. (Only candidates who have reached 3 percent on two independent polls).
- Oct. 24-25: Second weekend of advance voting in Floyd County.
- Oct. 30: Advance voting ends.
- Nov. 3: Election Day, precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.