Things You Need To Know Before You Vote

Amanda Cooper
May 15, 2018 - 8:21 pm

Early voting for the May 22nd primary election has already begun, and it is crucial that voters are educated about the three essential “W’s” (Who, Where and What) of voting. 

WHO are the candidates running for election in my district?

Most people know the candidates for the more prominent state elections such as Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of State. However, many are not quite sure about the county and local elections in their district.  If you are registered to vote, the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page offers a wealth of information. Once you provide basic information, you will have the ability to see the “need to know details” when voting on May 22nd. 

•    Voter registration status
•    Poll location
•    Elected Officials
•    Registration information on file with the county office
•    Sample ballot for the upcoming election
•    Provisional Ballot status

Click the link below to access My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

WHERE do I go to vote early?

Early voting is convenient for many who may not have the opportunity to vote on May 22nd, but often the advance voting precinct is different from the location on election day. The link below provides you with advance voting precinct location for your county as well as the dates, times and driving directions.

http://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/advancedVotingInfo.do

WHAT type of identification do I need to vote? 

In 2013, discriminatory voter ID laws arose following the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which some argue amount to voter suppression among African-Americans. It’s important to know that a voter ID law is a law that requires a person to show some form of identification to vote or receive a ballot for an election. In jurisdictions requiring voter IDs, the voters must present a photo ID. Some people consider different means to obtain identification based on socioeconomic status, age, or race; some people find these laws controversial.  Listed below is a link that outlines voter’s identification requirements for Georgia. 

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2

If you feel that your right to vote is being violated at the polls, contact the Secretary of State Office. In Atlanta call 404-656-2871 or 404-656-2881. If you live outside of the metro Atlanta area, call 1-877-725-9797. You can also go online to submit complaints or report voter fraud at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/stop_voter_fraud.

Here is a bonus “W.” 

WHY should I vote?

A quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. answers this bonus question best-“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”