Georgia elections, 2013
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
Find current election news and links here.
State House District 71
- Robert Stokely (R) won election to Georgia House of Representatives District 71 on November 6, 2012. However, on December 14, he stated he would not be accepting the position in order to serve as a Coweta County Magistrate Judge instead. A special election to fill the seat was held February 5. Candidates had until January 9 to qualify. As no candidate won 50 percent of the vote, the top two-vote-getters - Thomas G. Crymes and David J. Stover - met in a runoff on March 5, which Stover won.
State Senate District 11
- John Bulloch (R) resigned his District 11 seat in the Georgia State Senate on December 6, 2012. While he did not initially provide a reason, Bulloch had been hospitalized with meningitis the previous October. Bulloch was re-elected on November 6, 2012 unopposed. The election took place on January 8, 2013. As no candidate won more than 51 percent in the election, the top two vote-getters, Burke and Keown, headed to a runoff on February 5, which Burke won.
State House District 21
- State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R) ran for the District 21 state senate seat left vacant when Chip Rogers (R) resigned in December 2012. Once his candidacy was certified, Jerguson had to resign his seat in the House in order to run for the senate. A special election for Jerguson's seat took place on January 8, 2013. As no candidate took more than 51 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters, Laurens and Turner, took place on February 5, which Turner won.
State Senate District 21
- Chip Rogers (R) resigned his District 21 seat in the Georgia State Senate effective December 5, 2012 in order to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting. The special election took place on January 8, 2013. Brandon Beach (R) defeated Sean Jerguson (R) to win the seat.
State Senate District 30
- Bill Hamrick (R) resigned his District 30 seat in the Georgia State Senate following his appointment as a Superior Court judge on the Coweta Judicial Circuit in September 2012. A special election was held to fill the vacancy on January 8, 2013, with a primary on November 6, 2012. With no candidate winning a majority in the Republican primary, the top two vote-getters proceeded to a runoff on December 4, 2012, which Mike Dugan won. Dugan easily defeated James Camp (L) to take the seat.
- See also: Absentee Voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Georgia. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received at any point up until the close of polls on election day. However, a returned absentee ballot must be received by 7pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
Georgia is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting is held on the Monday-Friday of the week immediately preceding the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Georgia ranked 27th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Georgia received an overall score of 64%.
- ↑ Times-Herald.com, "Special Election: District 71 state house seat goes to Stover," March 6, 2013
- ↑ The Citizen, "Stokely turns down House seat for local appointment," December 23, 2012
- ↑ Georgia Secretary of State, "CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION COMPLETE IN SPECIAL ELECTION FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 71," January 10, 2013
- ↑ Times Herald, "State Representative Special Election: Stover, Crymes set for runoff," February 6, 2013
- ↑ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Senator from southwest Georgia to step down," December 6, 2012
- ↑ Albany Herald, "Two officially qualify for special election to fill Bulloch's seat," December 10, 2012
- ↑ Moultrie Observer, "Burke, Keown in Senate runoff," January 8, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 GPB, "Republicans Win Special Elections," February 6, 2013
- ↑ Cherokee Ledger News, "Sean Jerguson to run for State Senate 21 seat," December 5, 2012
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Cherokee Ledger News, "Special Senate and House elections set," December 6, 2012
- ↑ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Qualifying ends for open legislative seats, including Rogers’," December 12, 2012
- ↑ Canton-Sixes Patch, "Unofficial Vote Count Complete, Runoff Looms for House Race ," January 8, 2013
- ↑ Cherokee Tribune, "Beach bests Jerguson in state Senate special election," January 9, 2013
- ↑ Cherokee Ledger News, "Chip Rogers resigns from Senate to work for public broadcasting," December 5, 2012
- ↑ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Brandon Beach qualifies for special, says $30K raised," December 10, 2012
- ↑ Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "5 qualify for special election in Georgia’s Senate District 30," September 14, 2012
- ↑ Times Georgian, "District 30 candidates back on the campaign trail," November 7, 2012
- ↑ Peach Pundit, "Mike Dugan Defeats Bill Hembree in Senate District 30," December 4, 2012
- ↑ Times Georgian, "Dugan takes state Senate seat," January 9, 2013
- ↑ Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report