— By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 29 —
All voters will be able to choose candidates for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the Georgia General Assembly and local races.
The presidential primary will also be listed for voters who didn’t already cast ballots during early voting before the election was postponed March 14.
There are 12 presidential candidates on Democratic Party ballots and one candidate, President Donald Trump, on Republican Party ballots. Nonpartisan ballots don’t include presidential candidates in primary elections.
Ballots that were cast before the presidential primary was postponed will be counted [June 9] along with other ballots.
Q: What are the steps in the absentee voting process?
A: Absentee ballot request forms are being mailed statewide this week by R.R. Donnelley, a Chicago-based communications and printing company hired by the Georgia secretary of state’s office. After voters select their political party and sign their name, they can mail the form to the county election office’s address printed on the form.
Then county election workers will process the requests, and the secretary of state’s office will send them to another company, Arizona-based Runbeck Election Services, which will be responsible for mailing absentee ballots to voters.
Once received, voters can fill out their ballots and mail them to their county election offices. Ballots will be stored until election day on May 19, when counties will open and count them.
Q: Do voters have to pay for postage?
A: Absentee ballot request forms can be returned by mail with a 55-cent stamp, or they can be emailed to county election offices.
Voters are allowed to take a cellphone photo or scan their completed absentee ballot request forms. Email addresses of county election offices will be listed on absentee ballot request forms. Pictures of absentee request forms need to be clear enough for election officials to read. Otherwise, they won’t be accepted.
Once voters complete their absentee ballots, those must be mailed or returned in person to county election offices. Emailed ballots aren’t valid.