2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections released the 2020 State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar during their meeting held on Monday, July 1, 2019.

(All dates marked with “***” at the beginning are important dates for those not planning to run for a position in the 2020 elections).
 
 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020: Earliest day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2020 Election Cycle. O.C.G.A. 21-2-131

*** Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, February 24, 2020: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary, Special Election and Special Election Runoff. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9 am: Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name places on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Earliest day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187

*** Monday, March 2, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-153
Last day for a Nonpartisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Nonpartisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-172; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187

Friday, March 13, 2020: Last day to file the notice of intention to be a Nonpartisan Write-In Candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Saturday, March 14, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133

*** Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election.

*** Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A 21-2-384

*** Monday, April 20, 2020: Last day for a person to register and to be eligible to vote in the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election and Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-224

*** Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Special Election Runoff

*** Monday, April 27, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, May 9, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, May 19, 2020: General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Election.

*** Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 am: Voter Registration Deadline for the General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and a Nomination petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Earliest day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Monday, June 29, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begin for the General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election Runoffs. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12 pm: Last day for an Independent and a Political Body Candidate for President and Vice President to file a Notice of Candidacy and Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A 21-2-132; 21-2-187
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, July 21, 2020: General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, and Special Runoff Election for Local and State Offices, plus General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Last day to file the notice of Intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-133.

Monday, September 14, 2020: Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-132

*** Tuesday, September 15, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the November General Election and Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Monday, October 5, 2020: Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-224

*** Monday, October 12, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Saturday, October 24, 2020: Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election and Special Election. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

As soon as possible: Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-384
Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election and Special Election.

*** Wednesday, November 18, 2020: Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A. 21-2-384

*** Tuesday, December 1, 2020: General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices.

*** Monday, December 7, 2020: Last day to register for General Election Runoff for Federal Offices.

*** Monday, December 14, 2020: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A 21-2-385

*** Tuesday, January 5, 2021: General Election Runoff for Federal Offices
 
 
O.C.G.A. 21-2-14. When the last day for the exercise of any privilege or discharge of any duty prescribed or required by this chapter shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next succeeding business day shall be the last day for the exercise of such privilege or the discharge of such duty.
 
 
The board also reported their latest numbers as follows:

160 new applications, making a total of 19,697 by the end of June 2019, and 19,709 by Monday, July 1, 2019.
There were 63 deletions (35 moved out of county, eight moved out of state and 20 deceased) since the meeting held on Monday, June 3, 2019.
 
There has been no new information on the new state voting machines, but this information is anticipated to come soon, so be sure to stay tuned for future updates!
 
 

 
 
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Board of Elections to inspect voting precincts

Election, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections will be inspecting four precincts on Friday, June 21, 2019 starting at 1 p.m.

The purpose of this inspection will simply be to ensure that the precincts are ready to go for upcoming voting sessions, from general maintenance, to parking conditions and even to see whether or not certain precincts will be needed to be moved to other buildings due to space constraints.

The board will begin with the Noontootla precinct first, then move to Mineral Bluff precinct, followed by Calwell and Sugar Creek.

With the Noontootla precinct being a manned fire station, it’s anticipated that the precinct may need to be moved to another building for the sake of space.

For the month of May, there were 187 new voting applications with 82 deletions. 42 moved out of county, there was one non-citizen who attempted to register, and 33 were marked deceased.

At this time, there has been no new information released on the new voting machines.

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Poll Watching for Voter Fraud in Georgia

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November 8th, the day the dead rise from the grave to vote and someone in Siberia or Cincinnati will be hacking into the voting machines to change election outcomes – so say some of the ideas  surrounding this year’s presidential elections.  FetchYourNews checked with Mary Ann Conner and Chuck Cook of the Fannin County Board of Elections.  Since all of Georgia counties follow the regulations set forth by Georgia’s Secretary of State, the details Conner and Cook supplied are valid all Georgia voters.

It is eight days too late for poll watching in Georgia.  The 2016 Georgia Code regarding poll-watching for state or national elections is that a political party can submit names of up to 25 people to be poll watchers for the entire state.  The names must be submitted seven days prior to the beginning of voting.  Oct. 11th was the first day of early voting in Georgia.  Official poll watchers receive a letter from the state affirming that they are official poll watchers and what precinct they will watch.  The letter also goes to the superintendent of the precinct.   Official poll watchers receive a badge which gives them entrance to the check-in area, the voting area and where votes are tabulated.  While watching, they can’t speak to voters, take photos or campaign. If so, the poll manager can make the poll watcher leave the precinct.  Campaigning has to be at least 100 feet away from a poll location.

As for some in Siberia or Cincinnati hacking into the electronic voting machines, Cook said it is like trying to hack a pencil; there is no way to get into the voting system.  The machines do not connect with the internet at all.  All information is on the voting card for the electronic machines.  Numbers of the amount of people coming through the precinct are compared against the numbers of votes recorded on the machines.  All voting machines arrive at the county sealed and machines are randomly assigned to each precinct. After voting has ended at 7 pm, poll workers tabulate results, post them outside the poll.  When the machines arrive at the Board of Elections, they are re-tabulated and the numbers compared.

Conner says that for someone to commit voter fraud at the machine means they must be a clairvoyant.  The person must know where the voting machine will go and how many voters will actually vote at the precinct that day.

There is a possibility for voter fraud to happen in voter databases where a voter’s registration could be affected by a cyber-attack.  On Oct. 11th, CNN reported that 33 states and 11 local election agencies requested the Department of Homeland Security to review voter registration systems for vulnerabilities to a cyber-attack.  If you want to check that you are registered to vote in Georgia at your precinct you can find out on the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page (click here).  The site also has a sample ballot for your county and absentee ballot request form.

Voter fraud can happen in voter registration by setting up road blocks for people to register to vote.  Texas and North Carolina are under court orders about this.  Georgia is under allegations about this as well.  According to Oct. 12th article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Secretary of State was ordered to release information about how the state decides which voter registration to reject or accept. Georgia has been cited for rejecting applications for minor mistakes like misspelled street names which don’t match other public identification about the voter.  This especially happens with voters registering on paper forms.

As for the dead voting, Conner spends much of her time at the Board of Elections making sure that doesn’t happen.  She reviews coroner records, death certificates and even obituaries appearing in newspapers to ensure the deceased are respectfully removed from the voter database.

Oct. 11th voter registration in Georgia closed, even for the dead.

 

Voters can vote at the Fannin County Board of Elections now through  Nov. 4th, Monday through Friday from 9-5 pm.  Saturday voting is on Oct. 29 from 9 – 4 pm at the Board of Elections in the Courthouse.  Other counties can check their early voting schedules Georgia Secretary of State website click here).

 

 

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Fannin County’s March 1 Presidential Primary Ballots and Poll Locations

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Below is how the Presidential Preference Primary’s Ballot will appear for Georgia’s March 1st Primary.   Fannin County Board of Elections provided these sample ballots.

 

March 01, 2016 Democratic Ballot           March 01, 2016 Republican Ballot

 

Fannin County’s voting precincts are as follows:

COLWELL – 4793 Hwy 2 Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 6

FAIRPLAY – 6161 Murphy Hwy Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 10

FLINTHILL – 221 School House Rd. Epworth, GA. — Community Building

HEMPTOWN – 13320 Appalachian Hwy Morganton, GA. — Fire Station 8

HOTHOUSE – 860 Salem Rd. Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 14

MINERAL BLUFF – 8578 Lakewood Hwy Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 2

MOBILE – 4772 Mobile Rd. Blue Ridge, GA. — House

MORGANTON – 42 Lake Dr. Morganton, GA. — Community Room

NOONTOOTLA – 12520 Aska Rd. Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 3

SKENIAH – 27298 Morganton Hwy (GA 60 South) Suches, GA. — Fire Station 9

SUGAR CREEK – 58 March Ln. Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 12

TOCCOA – 440 West 1st St. Blue Ridge, GA. — Senior Center

 

You can register to vote several ways: at the library, at the Board of Elections office in the  courthouse or on-line registertovote.sos.ga.gov.  If you register at the library or courthouse, you need to bring your Driver’s License or state-issued ID.

The next election date in Fannin County is May 24th.  To vote in this election, you must register by April 26th.  The May 24th election is very importance in shaping the county government and its future direction since all county government elected positions are up for vote except  Post 2 Commissioner and two Board of Education seats.

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County Asked to Oversee City Election

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After the events leading up to the resignation of the City of Blue Ridge Election Supervisor, the city council made decisions that would lead them to ask a representative from the Fannin County Board of Elections to oversee the currently ongoing city election.
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Fannin Fends Off Questions, Approves 2013 Budget

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