Voting Policies and procedures

* May 11 is the final day to register to vote and be eligible to vote in the General Primary/Non-Partisan General and PPP election. 


* You can register to vote at or visit the Stephens County Elections Office at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a US Citizen and legal resident of Stephens County, be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote, not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude, and not have been found mentally incompetent by a judge. 


* Early in-person voting begins May 18 and will run through June 5, with voting available in the 2nd floor courtroom in the Historic Courthouse in Downtown Toccoa. The entrance is to the left of the main courthouse doors off of W. Tugloo Street. If you park across Tugaloo Street, the steps to the sidewalk have been blocked off for safety reasons; please proceed to Alexander or Sage Street to cross Tugaloo. Per social distancing guidelines, only ten people will be allowed to enter the courtroom at a time. Early Voting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. 


* If you have not yet received an absentee ballot request form by mail, or have requested a ballot and have not received it, call the Stephens County Elections Office at (706) 886-8954. Absentee ballots are currently being mailed to those who requested them; they must be returned no later than 7 p.m. on June 9. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail, or a drop-box will be installed this week outside the Stephens County Government Building, 70 N Alexander St. Toccoa. 


​* Election day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Stephens County Senior Center, 55 Rose Lane Park Drive in Toccoa.


* No voter identification is required  when voting absentee by mail. Georgia election law requires voters to show one of six forms of photo identification in order to vote in person at either Early Voting or on Election Day.  The following items are acceptable forms of identification: A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; Any valid state or federal  government-issued photo ID,  including a FREE Voter ID card  issued by your county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; A valid U.S. passport; A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state; A valid U.S. military photo ID; or A valid tribal photo ID.


* The State of Georgia operates under an open primary system. While you do not have to register with a particular party, you will have to declare your ballot preference in a primary election so that the proper ballot can be issued to you. Voters may choose, at the time of voting, a Republican ballot, a Democrat ballot or a non-partisan ballot. If a runoff election is needed for any race, a voter who voted Republican in the primary cannot vote in a Democrat runoff. A voter who cast a ballot in the Democrat primary cannot vote in a Republican runoff. If a voter does not vote in the primary, that person can vote in either party’s runoff. 


* Georgia law requires a candidate to receive at least a majority (50 percent +1 vote) of votes cast in order to win an election. Sometimes, in elections with three candidates, no one will meet this threshold, so the two top finishers will meet again in a run-off.. Runoff elections will be Tuesday, Aug. 11, and the polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


* The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3. Your choice of Political Party ballot in the Primary does not restrict your choice of ballot in the November General Election.


* Georgia Elections Division statement regarding the Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) General Primary and Nonpartisan General Elections: If you already voted by absentee ballot or early voting in the PPP that was scheduled for March 24, your already-cast vote will be counted June 9. You can still vote in the June 9 General Primary; your ballot will include the General Primary races for the party you choose. Voters are not obligated to vote on the same party ticket for the General Primary that they selected for the PPP.


If you haven’t voted in the Presidential Preference Primary, that race will appear on the same ballot as the General Primary races for the political party of your choice.


The date printed at the top of your ballot may be May 19 and not June 9. This is only because some ballots were already printed before the date of the Presidential & General Primary was changed. The date printed at the top will have no impact on your vote. Every ballot will be counted.

* Visit for access to your personal My Voter Page, which includes voter registration status, Mail-In application and ballot status, voting locations, registration information on file, Provisional Ballot status and more. 


President of the United States

Donald J. Trump (Incumbent)


United States Senator

David A. Perdue (Incumbent)


Public Service Commissioner

Jason Shaw (Incumbent)


Public Service Commissioner

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. (Incumbent)


U.S. Representative in the 117th Congress

9th Congressional District of Georgia

Michael Boggus

Paul Broun

Andrew Clyde

Matt Gurtler

Maria Strickland

Kevin Tanner

Ethan Underwood

Kellie Weeks

John K. Wilkinson


Georgia State Senator

50th District

Andy Garrison

Dan Gassaway

Stacy Hall

Bo Hatchett

Tricia Lynne Hise

Lee Moore


Georgia State Representative 

28th District  

Chris Erwin (Incumbent)


District Attorney 

Mountain Judicial Circuit

George R. Christian (Incumbent)


Clerk of Superior Court (Stephens County)

Timothy D. Quick (Incumbent)


Stephens County Sheriff

Rusty Fulbright

Randy Shirley (Incumbent)

Stephens County Tax Commissioner

Dene M. Hicks (Incumbent)


Stephens County Coroner 

Chris Stephens (Incumbent)


State Court Solicitor (Stephens County)

Ann Pickett (Incumbent)


Stephens County Commissioner, Post 2

Debbie Whitlock (Incumbent)


Stephens County Commissioner, Post 3

Dennis Bell (Incumbent)


Stephen County Board of Education 

At large

Len Stovall 

Stephens County Board of Education

District 1, Post 1

Wendy Dawkins (Incumbent)


Stephens County Board of Education

District 3, Post 2

Mark Smith (Incumbent)

Non-binding Georgia Republic Party 

Advisory Questions

Should Georgia lawmakers expand educational options by allowing a student’s state education dollars to follow to the school that best fits their needs, whether that is public, private, magnet, charter, virtual or home school?



Should voting in the Republican Primary be limited to voters who have registered as Republicans?



Should candidates for board of education be required to declare their political party?




Republican Party Ballots include all races and candidates listed on the Nonpartisan General Election Ballot.


President of the United States

Michael Bennet

Joseph R. Biden

Michael R. Bloomberg

Pete Buttigieg

John K. Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar

David Patrick

Bernie Sanders

Tom Steyer

Elizabeth Warren

Andrew Yang


United States Senate

Sarah Riggs Amico

Marckeith DeJesus

James Knox

Tricia Carpenter McCracken

Jon Osoff

Maya Dillard Smith

Teresa Pike Tomlinson


Public Service Commissioner

(To replace Jason Shaw)

Robert G. Bryant

Public Service Commissioner

(To succeed Lauren Bubba McDonald Jr. )

Daniel Blackman

John Noel


U.S. Representative in the 117th Congress

9th Congressional District of Georgia

Devin Pandy


Dan Wilson


Georgia State Senator

50th District

Dee Daley

Non-binding Georgia Democratic Party 

Advisory Questions


Should Georgians work to stop climate change and listen to the scientific community, which recommends immediate action to combat this serious threat to our planet?


Should Georgia enact basic standards to protect our environment from wasteful plastic items that pollute our state?



Should Georgia take partisanship out of the redistricting process and have an independent commission draw district lines instead of politicians?



Should our criminal justice system end the discriminatory cash bail system that allows the wealthy to buy their way out of jail while disadvantaged lower-income Georgians?



Should every Georgian that has served their sentence for a crime they committed be allowed to have their voting rights restored?



Democratic Party Ballots include all races and candidates listed on the Nonpartisan General Election Ballot.

Nonpartisan BALLOT

Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Elizabeth “Beth” Beskin

Charlie Bethel (Incumbent)


Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Hal Moroz

Sarah Hawkins Warren (Incumbent)


Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals

Christian Coomer (incumbent) 


Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals

Sara Doyle (incumbent)

Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals

Elizabeth Dallas Gobeil (Incumbent)


Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals

David Todd Markel (Incumbent)

Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals

Carla McMillan (Incumbent) 


Superior Court Judge

Mountain Judicial Circuit

B. Chan Caudell (Incumbent)


State Court Judge of Stephens County

James Irvin (incumbent)


Probate Court Judge (Stephens County)

Glenda S. Ernest (Incumbent)


Chief Magistrate  (Stephens County)

Donald C. Tabor (Incumbent)

Office information

President of the United States

As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. According to Title 3 of the US code, a president earns a $400,000 salary and is still on government payroll after leaving office. The president is also granted a $50,000 annual expense account, $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment.


United States Senator  

The Constitution sets three qualifications for service in the U.S. Senate: age (at least thirty years of age); U.S. citizenship (at least nine years); and residency in the state a senator represents at time of election. Salary: $174,000 per annum, unchanged since 2009.


U.S. Representative 

Qualifications: (1) Must be at least twenty-five years old; (2) have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years; and (3) be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they represent. Duties: Introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees.  Annual Salary: $174,000.


Georgia Public Service Commissioner

State law requires commissioners to be: At least 30 years old; Qualified to vote in state elections; Free of any financial interest in any public service utility or related business (i.e. stock, bonds, employment contract, etc.  Public service commissioners are responsible for making regulations covering Georgia’s electric, gas, telecommunications and intrastate transportation firms.  Annual Salary: $116,452.


State Senator 50th District

Qualifications: (1) Must be at least 25 years old, an American citizen, a Georgia citizen for at least two years and a resident of his or her Senatorial District for at least one year immediately preceding election passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.  Georgia’s 50th State Senate District is comprised of all of Franklin, Stephens, Banks, Habersham, Rabun, Towns and portions of Hall and Jackson counties. Georgia state senators represent 157,437 residents. Two-year terms, no term limits. Annual Salary: $17,342/year + $173/day, per diem.


State Representative 28th District

Qualifications: Citizen of the United States, At least 21 years of age, Have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year. Duties: Passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. Georgia’s 28th State House District is comprised of all of Stephens, Banks and Habersham counties. Georgia state representatives represent 48,980 residents. Two year terms, no term limits. Annual Salary: $17,342/year + $173/day, per diem.


District Attorney Mountain Judicial Circuit

Duties: Prosecute crimes in Habersham, Rabun, and Stephens Counties. In each case brought before the court, the DA’s office represents “The People of the State of Georgia.” The District Attorney is the chief prosecuting officer for the State of Georgia. Annual Salary: $126,072.


Clerk of Superior Court

Duties: Primary record keeper for the county. The clerk maintains all the court records and supervises the registration of property transactions,  runs the business arm of the local court system. Annual Salary: $85,555.

Stephens County Sheriff

Duties: Enforces the law, maintains peace in the county, and serves as the jailer. Annual Salary: $82,953.


Stephens County Tax Commissioner

Duties: Receives all tax returns, maintains the county’s tax records, and collects and pays tax funds to the state and local governments. Annual Salary: $71,111.


Stephens County Coroner 

Duties: The function of the coroner’s office is to determine cause, manner and circumstance of death under the Georgia Death Investigation Act. The coroner is elected at large to a four year term. Annual Salary: $5,051 + $175 per case.


State Court Solicitor

Duties: Misdemeanor cases (cases) where the maximum punishment cannot exceed 12 months in jail) are prosecuted by the Solicitor-General, an elected county officer who represents the State of Georgia in the trial and appeal of misdemeanor criminal cases in the State Courts and performs other duties as required by law. Annual Salary: $29,190.


Stephens County Commissioner

Annual Salary: $12,000


Stephen County Board of Education

Annual Salary:


Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Annual Salary: $175,600


Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals 

Annual Salary:  $174,500.


Superior Court Judge - Mountain Judicial 


Annual Salary: $157,782


State Court Judge of Stephens County 

Duties: County-wide jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic cases and any civil actions whee the Superior Court does not have exclusive jurisdiction. State Court Judges can hear applications for search and arrest warrants and conduct preliminary hearings.  State Court Judges are elected to four-year terms in nonpartisan, county-wide elections. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, have been admitted to practice law for at least seven years, and have lived in the state for at least three years.  Annual Salary: $34,774.


Probate Court Judge (Stephens County)

Duties: Oversees matters pertaining to property deeds, marriage licenses, guardianships, and wills; supervises elections; and administers public oaths of office. Annual Salary: $71,522.


Chief Magistrate  (Stephens County) 

Qualifications:  Must have resided in the county for at least one year preceding term of office, be 25 years old and have a high school diploma. Duties: Assigns cases, schedules court sessions, and appoints other magistrates (with the consent of the superior court judges of the judicial circuit). Magistrates may grant bail in cases in which the setting of bail is not exclusively reserved to a judge of another court. The Stephens County Magistrate and most other chief magistrates are elected in partisan, countywide elections to four-year terms. Annual Salary: $39,001.


(Note - All salary data is as of 2016 or later. Stephens County office salary info is as of 5/8/2020)

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