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*Residency requirements: A legal resident of [[Georgia]] and of the county <ref>[http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_eligibility.htm ''Georgia Secretary of State'' "Voter Eligibility" Accessed May 7, 2012]</ref>   
 
*Residency requirements: A legal resident of [[Georgia]] and of the county <ref>[http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_eligibility.htm ''Georgia Secretary of State'' "Voter Eligibility" Accessed May 7, 2012]</ref>   
 
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==Issues==
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On June 29, 2012 the [http://www.justice.gov/ Department of Justice] filed a suit in federal court against the state of [[Georgia]], alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters won’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in run-off elections, if they are required.<ref name="lawsuit">[http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/06/military-justice-sues-georgia-over-voting-delays-062912w/ ''Marine Corps Times'' "Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines" Accessed July 24, 2012]</ref> According to the [http://www.fvap.gov/reference/laws/uocava.html Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] (UOCAVA), states must transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption is obtained, for which [[Georgia]] failed to file.<ref name="lawsuit"/> However, this conflicts with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, must be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a  run-off is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it will be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.<ref name="lawsuit"/>
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As part of the lawsuit, the [http://www.justice.gov/ Department of Justice] is asking [[Georgia]] to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 run-off election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any run-off election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."<ref name="lawsuit"/>
  
 
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Revision as of 09:01, 24 July 2012

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Georgia

The state of Georgia is holding elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:

What's on the Georgia Ballot in 2012
U.S. Senate Defeatedd
U.S. House (14 seats) Approveda
State Executives (2 down-ballot positions) Approveda
State Senate (56 seats) Approveda
State House (180 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (

3 measure)

Approveda

2012 Elections

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See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012

Georgia received an additional seat from redistricting. Currently, Republicans hold an 8-5 edge in the 13 Congressional districts.

Members of the U.S. House from Georgia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 8 9
Total 13 14

See also: Georgia state executive official elections, 2012

There are two state executive positions up for election. Voters will elect two members of the Georgia Public Service Commission

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintain partisan control in the state senate.

Georgia State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 18
     Republican Party 36 38
Total 56 56


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintain partisan control in the state house.

Georgia House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 63 60
     Republican Party 114 119
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 180 180

See also: Georgia 2012 ballot measures

July 31:

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 1 Taxes Would increase the sales tax in regions that pass the referendum by one-cent. ApprovedaDefeatedd[1]

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education Regarding the establishment of public charter schools. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of gov't Gives the State Properties Commission the authority to enter into multiyear lease agreements. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Georgia is one of 19 states to use an open primary system. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election. Voters must register to vote by July 2, 2012 to vote in the primary election.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 will be October 9.[3]

  • Voter ID required: Yes[4]
  • Residency requirements: A legal resident of Georgia and of the county [5]
  • Same-day registration: None

Issues

2012

Department of Justice sues over voting deadlines

On June 29, 2012 the Department of Justice filed a suit in federal court against the state of Georgia, alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters won’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in run-off elections, if they are required.[6] According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), states must transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption is obtained, for which Georgia failed to file.[6] However, this conflicts with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, must be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a run-off is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it will be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.[6]

As part of the lawsuit, the Department of Justice is asking Georgia to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 run-off election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any run-off election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."[6]

See also

References