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The '''state of [[Georgia]] is holding elections''' on November 6, 2012.  
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The '''state of [[Georgia]] held elections''' in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
 
*[[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections|Signature filing deadline]]: May 25, 2012
 
*[[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections|Signature filing deadline]]: May 25, 2012
 
*[[2012 election dates|Primary date]]: July 31, 2012
 
*[[2012 election dates|Primary date]]: July 31, 2012
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*[[2012 election dates#November|General election date]]: November 6, 2012
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| align="center" |[[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012|U.S. House]] (14 seats)
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| align="center" | [[Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Southeast Regional State Executive Officials|Preview Article]]
 
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==2012 Elections==
 
==2012 Elections==
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<center>''Note: Election information listed on this page does not pertain to 2012 presidential elections. For more about Ballotpedia's areas of coverage, [[:Category:Ballotpedia reports|click here.]] <br>For election results in the 50 states, see our [[November 6, 2012 election results|November 6, 2012 election results]] page''</center>
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===Elections by type===
 
=U.S. House=
 
=U.S. House=
 
::''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012]]''
Georgia received an additional seat from [[Redistricting in Georgia|redistricting]]. Currently, Republicans hold an 8-5 edge in the 13 Congressional districts.
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Georgia received an additional seat from [[Redistricting in Georgia|redistricting]].
 
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=State Executives=
 
=State Executives=
 
::''See also: [[Georgia state executive official elections, 2012]]''
 
::''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]]
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There are two state executive positions up for election. Voters will elect two members of the [[Georgia Public Service Commission]].
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=Ballot measures=
 
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::''See also: [[Georgia 2012 ballot measures]]''
 
::''See also: [[Georgia 2012 ballot measures]]''
The ballot measures certified are:
 
 
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==Eligibility to Vote==
 
==Eligibility to Vote==
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[[File:Flag of Georgia.png|link=Georgia|alt=Georgia|right|200px|Georgia]]
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===Primary election===
 
:: ''See also: [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections]]''
  
[[Georgia]] is one of 19 states to use an [[Open primary|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/election_dates.htm ''Georgia Secretary of State'' "Election Dates," Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> ([http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/VRinfo.htm Information about registering to vote])
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[[Georgia]] is one of 19 states to use an [[Open primary|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 had to register to vote by July 2, 2012 to vote in the primary election.<ref>[http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/election_dates.htm ''Georgia Secretary of State'' "Election Dates," Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> ([http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/VRinfo.htm Information about registering to vote])
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===General election===
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:: ''See also: [[Voting in the 2012 general elections]]''
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The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.<ref>[http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_dates.htm ''Georgia Secretary of State'' "Election Dates" Accessed May 7, 2012]</ref>
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'''Note:''' Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.
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*[[State by State Voter ID Laws|Voter ID info]]
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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> 
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*Same-day registration: None
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==Voting absentee==
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[[Image:AbsenteeMap.png|right|350px|link=Absentee voting]]
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::''See also: [[Absentee voting#Absentee voting|Absentee Voting]]''
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==Voting early==
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::''See also: [[Early voting]]''
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==Issues==
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===2012===
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====Department of Justice sues over voting deadlines====
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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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==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[State Blue Books]]
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Revision as of 11:12, 22 February 2013

2013
Contents
1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 Issues
6 See also
7 References

The state of Georgia held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (14 seats) Approveda
State Executives (2 down-ballot positions) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate (56 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (180 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (3 measure) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

Note: Election information listed on this page does not pertain to 2012 presidential elections. For more about Ballotpedia's areas of coverage, click here.
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

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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.

Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Eaton Incumbent 52.1% 1,858,663
     Democratic Stephen Oppenheimer 43.1% 1,537,923
     Libertarian Brad Ploeger 4.8% 171,138
Total Votes 3,567,724
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.
Georgia Public Service Commission District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStan Wise Incumbent 65.8% 2,110,146
     Libertarian David Staples 34.2% 1,095,115
Total Votes 3,205,261
Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.


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

Georgia

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 had to 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 was October 9.[3]

Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

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

Voting absentee

AbsenteeMap.png
See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Georgia. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]

Deadlines

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 7 p.m. on election day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Georgia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting is held Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the election.[6] 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.

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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[7]

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."[7]

See also

References