GPB Election 2022 FAQ

GPB News is partnering with America Amplified to answer your questions about how to participate in the 2022 midterm elections. Here are some of the top questions we have been able to answer thus far. 

Do you have a question we haven’t answered yet? Submit your question on the blue form at the top right of our Special Election 2022 page or by texting “GPB” to 855-670-1777.

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  • Q: How can I confirm that I am still registered to vote?

    A: You can confirm if you’re registered to vote by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

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  • Q: How do I obtain an absentee ballot?

    A:  You can learn more about mail-in (also called absentee) voting, including how to register and track your ballot, at the state’s official website.  You can also check out GPB’s comprehensive  guide to absentee voting. 

     

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  • Q: When can I vote early for the November midterm election? When can I preview my ballot?

    A:  You can view your sample ballot here. According to the State Elections calendar, IN PERSON early voting begins October 17, 2022.

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  • Q: How far ahead of Election Day will I be able to request an absentee ballot?

    A:  According to the Secretary of State’s Election calendar, you can submit an application for an absentee ballot for the midterms starting August 22, 2022. GPB also has a comprehensive guide to absentee voting to answer any other questions you might have.

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  • Q: Do I have to put a copy of an ID with my absentee ballot application?

    A: Georgia does require photo identification when voting, either in person or absentee. When voting absentee, write the number from your driver’s license or other state ID on the application for your ballot. You can see all the ID requirements on the Secretary of State’s website.

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  • Q: My adult son is no longer able to drive, and has let his state issued driver's license expire. Can he still use that as proof of identity to vote or does he need to obtain a different state issued identification?

    A:  According to the Secretary of State’s website, an expired driver’s license will still serve as an official voter I.D. 

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  • Q: Have polling places increased or decreased in Georgia? Have drop boxes for mail absentee vote increased or decreased in Georgia? Have early voting days and times increased or decreased in Georgia?

    A:  The number of polling places is decided on a county-by-county basis but should be roughly the same as during the primary election. 

    With regards to drop boxes, a recent investigation by GPB, NPR and WABE found that drop box locations have been reduced significantly since the 2020 election. 

    The election overhaul bill that passed earlier this year actually increased the days for early voting, adding an additional mandatory Saturday and formally codifying Sunday voting hours as optional.

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  • Q: Are Dominion voting machines being used again anywhere in the State?

    A:  In 2019, Georgia adopted the Dominion Voting Systems machines statewide and will continue to use these systems in the upcoming midterms.  While there were widespread allegations of voter fraud in connection with Dominion voting machines in the 2020 election, all of the allegations have been investigated and dismissed. Our Political Rewind podcast discussed a recent report from CISA that found that Dominion voting machines could be vulnerable to hackers, but found no evidence of hacking in any recent election. The report went on to state that the state's standard security measures would detect attempts to exploit vulnerabilities and prevent them.

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