Georgia elections, 2012

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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

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

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


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Georgia is one of 16 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

See also: Absentee Voting


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


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 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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.



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 runoff 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 runoff is required after the Nov. 6 general election, it will be held 28 days later, on December 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 runoff 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 runoff election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."[7]

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