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Georgia faces one of the more unique election cycles in its history this year. Here’s how to make your voice heard.

Voting is crucial in this unprecedented election cycle as all 56 of Georgia Senate seats are up for election in 2020. Georgia’s voters will elect two U.S. Senators this November, along with voting for individual districts' House of Representative and State Senate positions.

With so many positions up for grabs this election cycle, it is key to understand how and when to vote amidst COVID-19 challenges. Although only 30 percent of Georgia's HBCUs returned to campus for fully in-person classes/hybrid learning, students living on campus can use their campus address when they register to vote.

Here are the basic things you need to know about registering to vote in Georgia. If you have any questions, contact for your local registrar is below.

1. Know when to register.

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia online and through mail was Oct. 5. Students can register at their permanent address or their campus address.

2. Know where to register.

You can register to vote online or by mailing a registration form to your local election officials.

3. Know how you can vote.

When you arrive at your voting location, you’ll need a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, student ID or government employee ID. The polls offer audio ballots for voters who are blind or have low vision and booths for voters in wheelchairs. Find available early voting locations by visiting the Secretary of State’s website and selecting your county of residence from the list. Unlike Election Day, you do not have to vote at an assigned polling location during the early voting period.

4. Know when you can vote.

Early voting takes place from Oct. 12 to Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your ballot must be received by Election Day at 7 p.m. Your request for a mail-in ballot must be received by Oct. 30.

5. Ask questions early.

Visit VoteAmerica.com for more information on registration or contact your local registrar. For those registered on or around the areas that include state HBCUs, we have placed some pertinent contact information below.

Local Registrars

Chatham County:
(912) 790-1520
Email

Fulton County:
(404) 612-3816
Email

Dekalb County:
(404) 298-4020
Email

Dougherty County:
(229) 431-3247
Email

Peach County:
(478) 825-3514

Richmond County:
(706) 821-2340
Email


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