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Election 2012

November Election

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is the day of the General Election.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election.

Voter registration forms are available at the Board of Elections, the Athens-Clarke County Tag Office, the State Patrol Office on Highway 29, and here at the library's Circulation Desk.

Early voting will occur weekdays between October 15 - November 2, and Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Absentee ballots can be requested between September 21 - November 2, 2012. Absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Elections office no later than Election Day, or else they will not be counted.

A pdf version of the sample ballot can be downloaded from the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections website.

My Voter Page

Found on the Georgia Secretary of State website, this page will help you to find:

  • Voter registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll Location
  • Early Voting Locations
  • Elected Officials
  • Registration information on file with the county office
  • Sample ballot for the upcoming election

On the Ballot:

President of the United States

Public Service Commission

To follow Chuck Eaton

To follow Stan Wise

U.S. House of Representatives

Georgia State Senate

Georgia State House

District Attorney of the Western Circuit

Mr. Mauldin is running unopposed.

Judge of the Probate Court

Ms. Tate is running unopposed.

Clerk of Superior Court

Ms. Logan is running unopposed.

Sheriff

Mr. Edwards is running unopposed.

Tax Commissioner

Mr. Schrader is running unopposed.

Coroner

Mr. Wilson is running unopposed.

Chief Magistrate

Ms. Barron is running unopposed.

Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

No one qualified for this unpaid position; there is an option for a Write-In candidate.

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission consists of 40 Soil and Water Conservation districts covering the whole state. The Oconee River Conservation District covers Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, and Oconee counties.

There are two Amendments to the Georgia Constitution on the ballot.

  1. Charter Schools
    The text of the Amendment: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

    Learn more:
  2. Rental Agreements
    The text of the Amendment: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state's operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?"

    Learn More:

County Information

Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections

From this page, you can find the 2012 election calendar; sample ballots; information for voters about registration, polling stations, early voting, identity requirements; and maps of county school board and state legislative districts.

Athens Republican Party website

The web site for the Athens Republican party, it includes information about meetings and affiliated organizations in the area, as well as links to local news sites, and social media for the Republican party.

Clarke County Democratic Party website

The web site for the Clarke County Democratic party, it includes information about meetings and affiliated organizations in the area, as well as links to nearby county party websites, and other Democratic organizations.

State Resources

Secretary of State Election Division

Find links to election results back to 1988; request absentee ballots; see which candidates have qualified for the ballots; locate early election voting locations and hours; and discover how to register and vote in Georgia.

Georgia League of Women Voters Election 101

A comprehensive guide to how to vote in Georgia, and your rights as a voter. Also provides links to absentee ballots, finding your polling place, and finance disclosure information.

Stateline.org for Georgia

This website includes news from a variety of sources covering political news around the state of Georgia, as well as links to state government sites, governors' speeches, and issue-related news.

Georgia Democratic Party

Find information about state-wide party initiatives, links to county organizations in Georgia, and information about elected Democrats in Georgia.

Georgia Republican Party

Find information about state-wide party initiatives, links to county organizations in Georgia, and information about elected Republicans in Georgia.

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission

Formerly the Georgia Ethics Commission, this is the place to find financial reports on campaigns, personal finances of candidates, business transactions, campaign contribution maps, vendor gifts, and lobbyist reports. You can search for a specific candidate, PAC, or other organization to view their public filings with the state of Georgia.

FollowtheMoney.org

A site run by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, get overviews of donations to politicians in each state, as well as information about lobbyists, campaign contributors, ballot measures, and party committees.

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Voter Education

Project Vote Smart

OpenSecrets.org

Vote411.org

League of Women Voters

Federal Election Commission

My Voter Page

Found on the Georgia Secretary of State website, this page will help you to find:

  • Voter registration status
  • Mail-In application and ballot status
  • Poll Location
  • Early Voting Locations
  • Elected Officials
  • Registration information on file with the county office
  • Sample ballot for the upcoming election
My Time to Vote

My Time to Vote is a comprehensive one-stop voting empowerment site with the goal to both instill in the American citizens the importance of their participation in the democratic process of our great nation and to give them the tools and information to do it.

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Fact Checking Web Sites

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org is a non-partisan, non-profit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. They "apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship" to "increase public knowledge and understanding."

PolitiFact Georgia

PolitiFact.com is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in Washington and politics around the country and Georgia.

The Fact Checker

The Fact Checker column on the Washington Post's web site tries to find "the truth behind the rhetoric" of political speeches, press conferences, interviews, and issues.

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Media

Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Patch Elections

CNN Election Center 2012

Flagpole News

Fox News 2012 Elections

MSNBC Politics

Red and Black Politics

WGAU 1340 AM

WUGA's Athens News Matters

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Information revised by
Information Services
Athens-Clarke County Library
9/18/2012