GEORGIA IS HOLDING ITS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ON MAY 24--MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!
What elections are there in Georgia? What am I voting for?
Georgia will hold a Democratic Primary on May 24 for U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senate as well as state-wide offices such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Supreme Court, and your State Representatives and State Senators. The winners of these Democratic primary races will go up against the Republicans in the November 8, 2022 General Election.
The US Senate seat is currently held by Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, who won the special election in a runoff. We need to keep this Democratic seat in November to hold onto the Democratic majority in the Senate.
And you may also be able to vote to choose the Democratic candidates for Governor, Lt Governor, Secretary of State, and your representatives to the Georgia state legislature. It depends on the category you choose when you register to vote and request your ballot:
- If you "intend to return": You are eligible to vote in Georgia state elections.
*You don't have to have a set date of return and it doesn't have to be within a set time frame, but you do need to have an intention to return at some time in the future.
- If your “return is uncertain”: You won’t be eligible to vote in Georgia state elections, but you can still vote in the federal election for the US House and US Senate.
*Please note: Selecting “intend to return” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in Georgia. Because the legal requirements to establish “residence” or “domicile” for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from a tax professional.
Georgia state elections are hugely important! State government is responsible for voting and state policies regarding climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, student loans, and more affect us no matter where we go around the world.
1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot Today
It's easy to request your ballot. And your ballot request covers all elections in 2022, so send the form in now and ensure your ballot for the May 24th Primary and for the November 8th General election.
Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). (If needed, it will also serve as a voter registration.) To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.
You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in Georgia by email (recommended) or fax or mail.
If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2022 to vote in this election and it must be received by May 13, 2022.
- If you are NOT registered to vote, your FPCA must be received by April 25, 2022.
2) When You Get Your Ballot, Fill It Out and Mail It Back Right Away
Ballots for the Primary started going out on April 9, 2022. If you asked for your ballot by email, be sure to check your spam folder and any secondary inboxes.
When you get your ballot, fill it out and mail it back away. It must be postmarked no later than May 24, 2022 AND it also must be received in Georgia by May 27, 2022.
NEW! Georgia is using a new voting information website so the link and the procedures to download your ballot are different this year. The new website is https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/
- To download your ballot, log into the website.
- Then click on "Absentee Ballot Portal" on the upper bar.
- Scroll down to "UOCAVA Ballots" section and click on the links to download your ballot. (NOTE: The links to download your ballot are under the "View UOCAVA Ballot" button.)
For more information, please see: GA: Helpful Info for UOCAVA Ballots
You will see 2 ballots for this election: the regular ballot and a “ranked choice” ballot in case of a Runoff election. If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote, the election for that office will go to a Primary Runoff on June 21, 2022.
Because the Primary Runoff election is scheduled so soon after the Primary election, Georgia is providing overseas voters with a separate “ranked choice” ballot to mail in at the same time as your regular ballot. If a Runoff Primary is necessary, your “ranked choice” ballot will be used. If no Runoff Primary is necessary, the “ranked choice” ballot will be discarded.
3) If You Don't Have Your Ballot Yet, Mail in a Backup Ballot
If you haven't received your ballot yet, we recommend you mail in a Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB). It’s only for overseas voters and protects your right to vote in case your official ballot doesn't arrive in time. For detailed information how to use the Backup Ballot, please go to www.votefromabroad.org/fwab
When you use the Backup Ballot for a Primary election, the website will indicate the candidates for US Senate, and the candidates for US House in your Congressional District.
And you may use the Backup Ballot for state elections as well, but you will need to add those to the “Write In Candidates” section. You can use this website to find the candidates in your jurisdiction: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup
Then write in the office and your choice in the "Write in Candidates" block of the Backup Ballot. Please remember, this is a Primary election, so you must write in the candidate's name, not just the political party:
4) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted
After you send in your ballot, make sure your vote is counted!
You can check your ballot status online using www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Or, you can email or call your local election office directly. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ga; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"
Ballots can be rejected for any mistakes, such as failing to sign the ballot. But you can fix those errors if you find them in time!
If your election office informs you that your ballot was rejected, you may be able to submit an "Absentee Ballot Cure Affidavit" to fix the problem. But time is limited; your cure form must get to Georgia by May 27 (3 days after the election). The earlier you return your ballot, the more time you will have to fix any problems.
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