After months of hearing about several campaigns, initiatives and candidates, today is the day Athenians will get to vote for their representatives in the primary, general and special elections.
Before heading to the polls, there are some things voters should know, as reported in The Red & Black.
As for where to vote, there are 24 different precincts with voting locations that will be open until 7 p.m. today.
Voting locations are based on the local address given with voter registration. You can contact the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections office at 706 613-3150 or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website to confirm your polling location.
Before you arrive to your location, residents will only be allowed to vote if they provide valid photo identification, according to the county website.
Accepted forms of ID include a Georgia Driver’s license, even if expired, a valid state government photo ID, government employee or U.S. military photo ID and a tribal photo ID.
Even though not all seats being voted on today are partisan, voters will still be asked to pick a political party. The Democratic ballot, which will only include Democratic candidates in the partisan elections, differs only in that manner from the Republican ballot.
A nonpartisan ballot is also available for those who do not want to pick a political party.
All ballots include primary elections for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state superintendent, state commissioners, and state and U.S. representatives and senators.
The Athens-Clarke County mayor will be either Richie Knight, Kelly Girtz or Harry Sims.
Local commissioner seats to be voted on are for districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 2.
After the polls close at 7 p.m., votes will be tallied. All votes will be considered “unofficial” until verified by the ACC Board of Elections, according to the county’s website.
With some exceptions, most candidates will not take on their new positions until this November.
If a single candidate does not receive the majority of the votes, a runoff will take place on July 24 between those candidates.
All vote tallies from today will be calculated by midnight.
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