When to Vote

Once you have registered to vote, the next step is actually casting your vote! In most states (including Georgia) there is early voting in addition to voting on election day. To find out when your state is doing early voting check your Secretary of State’s website. In Georgia, early voting started on October 17th and will go until November 4th. If you are unable to vote early (that is what is recommended) you can vote on election day which is November 9th. However, if you plan to vote on election day, make sure you plan to wait in long lines. The lines during early voting will be a lot shorter than those on election day.

Where to Vote

Your voting location depends on where you are registered to vote. Before you go to vote make sure you check where your voting location is. You can check this on your Secretary of State’s website. Here is the website to find out where your voting location is if you are voting in Georgia.

For most states, during early voting you are able to vote at any location in your county. For Emory students, the nearest polling location for early voting is at 1599 Clifton Road.

What to Bring to the Polls to Vote

No matter when you vote, if you are going to the polls in-person this is what you need to bring with you:

  • Driver’s license or other form of identification that you used to register to vote

What not to bring:

  • Any political clothing item (a campaign shirt or anything with a party’s name on it)

Additional Resources:

Georgia Voting Guide

Voting on Election Day Guide

COVID and In-Person Voting

Registering to vote is the first step to fulfilling your civic duty. Each state has its own voting registration requirements and deadlines. Some states even allow Election Day Registration (EDR) which means that you can register to vote when you go to the polls on Election Day. However, most states do not have this and require you to register weeks before Election Day. For example, Georgia’s registration deadline has already passed and people are no longer able to register to vote if they want to vote in the 2022 Midterm Election.

Georgia Specific Registration Information

In Georgia, the voter registration deadline was on October 11th to be eligible to vote in the midterms. However, if there is a runoff (neither candidate receives more than 50% of the vote), people who did not meet the Oct 11th deadline, will be able to vote as long as they register before FIND OUT DATE. Additionally, Emory students (and any other students in GA) are able to register to vote in Georgia as long as they update their registration address to be in Georgia. But, if you do not have a Georgia drivers license, you must print out the registration form and a picture of your state drivers license and hand-deliver it or fax it to the office. Here is the form to print and fill out if you are changing your address to GA or registering to vote for the first time. Make sure you also print out a scanned file of your drivers license and bring that to the office as well. The address for the Dekalb County Voting Office is: 4380 Memorial Dr, Ste 300 Decatur, GA 30032-1239. If you permanently live in Georgia, you can register online at this link.

Click on this link if you have already registered to vote in Georgia and want to check your status.

Other resources about registering to vote in Georgia

General deadlines

Georgia voting info

What are midterm elections?

Midterm elections are general elections that occur at the midpoint of a president’s four-year term in office. Just like Presidential elections, they are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year the midterm election will be held on November 8th, 2022. Even though there is no Presidential race on the ballot, there are many important candidates for you to vote for. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives are up for elections in the midterms, as well as many local elections including gubernatorial (governor) races. Additionally, because there are no Presidential candidates on the ballot, midterm elections have the lowest voter turnout. 

Why are midterm elections important?

Although most of the national attention is focused on Presidential elections, a majority of legislation that will impact your life, is passed at the state level, not the federal level, which is why the midterms are so important. After the events that have occurred over the past year, it is more evident than ever that local elections are what cause change. More specifically, the overturning of the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, puts abortion rights into the states’ hands. This means, the candidates that you are voting for in the midterms will have the ability to decide whether or not abortions are legal, and to what extent they are legal, in your state.

What if I don’t know anything about the candidates?

Not feeling educated about those running in your state is a very common excuse for not voting. However, you are in the right place! There is an extensive amount of resources online for you to learn about the candidates on your ballot and what issues they care about. In most states, you can even get a sample ballot to look over before the election. One website that can be helpful to learning about the candidates is https://ballotpedia.org. It is very important that you feel confident about your choices before checking off your ballot and there are many ways to ensure that you feel this way. But, it is your job to take the time and educate yourself before you get to the polls. Below are additional resources to help you learn about the midterms and who will be on your ballot in November.

Helpful Resources

Congressional, State, and Local Elections Information

Midterm Voting Guide

Find Your Sample Ballot

Midterm Participation Guide