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kevinam Donating Member (475 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:32 PM
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early voting in GA.
Edited on Sat Oct-23-04 03:35 PM by kevinam
I was curious about something. I was checking the Secretary of State website. The website says that you can vote the week prior to the election, starting monday Oct 25, I imagine. Does anyone know much about early voting. The website said you go to your county voter registration office. Fill out a form, present ID, and they will give you a ballot. I am curious though. Will this be a diebold type of machine with no paper trail, or will it be a paper "absentee" type of ballot. Does anyone know??? If it is a paper ballot, I would think that should encourage early, or as it is called "advance" voting, that way you can be pretty certain your vote is counted.

Kevin.

http://www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/elections/voter_in...
Link for secretary of state website, detailing advance voting.
*on edit, added link.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:39 PM
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1. I'm not positive, but I know I read somewhere that a voter
would fill out a paper ballot and later, someone would enter the info into one of the electronic machines. To be certain, you probably need to call the registration office on Mon. morning and ask.

I think they are planning of doing the same thing with the absentee ballots...entering them into the electronic system prior to 11/2.

For what it's worth, I plan on voting at the Hall County registration office on Wed. I really am hoping that the turnout will be very high this year, and I really hate waiting in long lines for ANYTHING! I'm hoping to avoid the long wait by using the advance voting option!
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 05:27 PM
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13. I took three with me, at the Registrar's office we waited in line
over an hour
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burned Donating Member (219 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:43 PM
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2. no paper
No Diebold 'type' but straight up Diebold computers are set up in each office.

I'm basing this on AJC pictures of early voters past, using computers. So it's not 100%.
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sallyseven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 03:50 PM
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3. ASt least there is a paper trail
Your vote will be there in black and white not eraseable magic.
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 05:09 PM
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4. Same Diebold machine as everybody else.
(I'm a deputy registrar.)

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UDenver20 Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 10:10 AM
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5. Which location........?
If I live in Dekalb County there are four locations listed. I'm not going to be turned away if I go to the wrong one am I?
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 11:55 AM
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6. For early voting, any of the four locations.
Personally, I would avoid that one that is in a police precinct in South Dekalb though.
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UDenver20 Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 01:25 PM
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7. I'll avoid that location, but out of curiosity, why? N/T
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 05:27 PM
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9. I think it might be intimidating to some voters,
and I think they should find another location.
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:45 AM
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10. I went to that one yesterday.
It's across Memorial Dr. from the jail, in the same bldg. as Tom Scott's office. My DH & I waited for about 1/2 hr. yesterday, filled out a couple of forms, & used the Diebold-type machines. We had no problems & the turnout was great! Very motivated electorate.
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Citizen Jane Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-04 11:46 AM
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19. Clarification
I think some people may be getting the South DeKalb and Memorial drive locations mixed up...

There are four locations you can vote in DeKalb County:

1. The Memorial Drive location in the Government Annex Building (across from the County Jail). This is the one where mirandawright voted yesterday and where I voted in the primaries. It is just off I-285 and just to the ESE of Avondale Estates. Maybe we could call this the "East DeKalb" location.

2. Brook Run: 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. This would be the "North DeKalb" location.

3. Downtown Decatur: Courthouse Annex B170: 556 North McDonough Street, Decatur. This would be the "Central DeKalb" location. If anyone encounters huge lines there, it might be worth heading 5-10 minutes east to the Memorial Drive location. Last night when the polls closed there was an estimated 3.5 hour wait time still to vote at this location.

4. South Dekalb Police Precinct: 2853 Candler Road, Decatur. This would be the "South DeKalb" location in the actual Police Precinct which MGKrebs points out might be an intimidating location (if, like me, you are no necessarily comfortable hanging around near a police station!).

Hope that helps clarify things for anyone still waiting to vote early today!
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flaminbats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-04 04:03 PM
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8. I plan to vote this Tuesday if possible..
what if I go to vote again on election day, and they still let me? Would they be violating the law by allowing me to vote twice, or would I?
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 04:06 PM
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11. I just voted in Carroll County.No Diebold
It was an absentee ballot that you get to vote for early voting and it was really simple !
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flaminbats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 04:18 PM
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12. in my county we used touch screens..
and there was no paper trail! :(
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 05:32 PM
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14. At my regular polling place..Not registrar's it is Diebold
I had never voted like this before. It was paper and you used a marker to vot for who you wanted to and they put your name on the outside of the yellow envelope
that went inside a white envelope before you dropped it in the lockbox.
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flaminbats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 05:49 PM
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15. yikes!
not even a secret ballot? :scared:
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 07:33 PM
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16. Yeah, you could not see what was inside the yellow envelope ..Just showed
Edited on Thu Oct-28-04 07:33 PM by vetwife
your name on the outside that you voted. Still secret. In fact you had to put your ballot in a white envelope before you put it in the yellow envelope.
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flaminbats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 09:30 PM
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17. ahhh...
sounds like the tardis, bigger on the inside than the outside.
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-28-04 09:58 PM
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18. ROFL
I feel releived. I have waited for this day for 4 years.
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vetwife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-04 11:56 AM
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20. Lines Long very Long Nov 2 reported by local dem party
checking and driving myself as well but mostly African americans ! GO GO GO
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