New voting machines in Stephens Co. for March 24 Presidential Preference Primary


The Stephens County Registrar will be offering demonstrations of the new voting machines at the Stephens County Historic Courthouse in Toccoa throughout the month of February.

The 2020 election season officially kicks off March 2 with early voting for the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary. The final day to register to vote in Stephens County in order to cast your ballot in the Presidential Preference Primary is Feb. 24.


Sample ballots for the March 24 Primary were provided to ConnectLocal.News by Stephens County Registrar Eureka Gober. The Republican Party ballot contains one candidate: Donald J. Trump (Incumbent). The Democratic Party ballot contains 12 candidates: Michael Bennet, Joseph R. Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, John K. Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.


Early voting, which will take place at the Stephens County Historic Courthouse in Toccoa, will be Stephens County’s first use of the new voting equipment that is now being prepared for the election, Gober said.


The electronic voting system, which will improve efficiency and accuracy, should also help reduce voting lines and wait times, Gober said.


In addition to early voting for the March 24 primary, voters can request an absentee ballot by calling the Elections office at 706-886-8954, visiting the Elections office in the Historic Courthouse, or visiting the website at https://www.stephenscountyga.com/elections-and-voter-registration.cfm.


For Georgia residents, online voter registration is available at https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.


Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person. The following forms of identification are acceptable:

* Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)

* A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired

* 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

* Valid U.S. passport ID

* Valid U.S. military photo ID

* Valid tribal photo ID


2020 Georgia State Elections and Voter Registration Calendar


March 24 Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election - Voter registration deadline February 24

April 21 Special Election Runoff - Voter registration deadline February 24, 2020

May 19 General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Election - Voter registration deadline April 20

July 21 General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, and Special Runoff Election for Local and State Offices - Voter registration deadline April 20

July 21 General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices - Voter registration deadline June 22

Nov. 3 General Election and Special Election - Voter registration deadline October 5

Dec. 1 General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices - Voter registration deadline October 5

Jan. 5 2021 General Election Runoff for Federal Offices - Voter registration deadline December 7


Misc. election-related dates:


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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2, 2020 9:00 A.M. Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name placed 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

March 6, 2020 12:00 Noon 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

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.

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

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

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

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

June 22, 2020 9:00 A.M. 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

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

July 14, 2020 12:00 Noon 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

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

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

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

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

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 begin for the General Election and Special Election Runoffs for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 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

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



The new voting equipment that will be in place for the March Presidential Preference Primary includes several automated steps to improve efficiency, accuracy and security, said Gober.

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