Voting in a General Election
Georgia does not require party registration; therefore, when voting in primary elections, voters in Georgia may choose a Democrat or Republican party ballot. That party choice does not tie the voter to any specific party for future elections.
The General Election ballot contains candidates from both recognized political parties, libertarian candidates, independent candidates and options for write-in candidates. When you vote in a General Election you do not specify a party on your voter certificate. You simply complete the form, provide ID as required and the poll officials will provide your with the yellow ballot access card for your assigned precinct.
Time off to Vote
Each employee in this state shall, upon reasonable notice to his or her employer, be permitted by his or her employer to take any necessary time off from his or her employment to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal political party primary or election for which such employee is qualified and registered to vote on the day on which such primary or election is held; provided, however, that such necessary time off shall not exceed two hours; and provided, further, that, if the hours of work of such employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least two hours prior to the closing of the polls, then the time off for voting as provided for in this Code section shall not be available. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may absent himself or herself as provided in this Code section.
Each elector shall present proper identification to a poll worker. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:
Those who are entitled to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act are exempt from this requirement.
Bilingual Spanish Language Assistance
Gwinnett County has been designated as a Section 203 jurisdiction under the Voting Rights Act. For County voters, Spanish language assistance is available as well as Spanish language materials, including ballots.
Language assistance is also available at the Elections office, both oral and written, for those voters who request it.
The State of Georgia uses AccuVote Touch Screen Voting Units
The State of Georgia uses touch screen voting for all in in person voting. The touch screen electronic voting system is compliant with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
Click here to view "A Voter’s Guide for Voting in Gwinnett County" (English).
Click here to view "A Voter’s Guide for Voting in Gwinnett County" (Spanish).
Sample ballot and/or written voting notes are allowed to be taken into the voting booth
It is recommended that you view and obtain a copy of your precinct specific sample ballot and mark your voting choices on your Sample Ballot to be used as a reference at your polling place on Election Day. But, remember to take your sample ballot with you upon leaving the voting booth. To obtain your precinct’s specific sample ballot, visit the Secretary of State’s website. After providing identifying information, you will be able to view sample ballot for federal, state, and county elections.
To obtain a sample ballot from a city election, you will need to contact the city hall. Visit the City Information webpage for city contact information.
Provisional Ballots are available for voters for specific reasons
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter's eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at his or her polling place. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast "provisionally" until the voter's eligibility is determined. For complete information on casting a Provisional Ballot click here.