Voting and Elections

Voter ID card
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NOV. 7TH GENERAL ELECTION IN DOUGLASVILLE:
Take notice that no special or general election will be conducted for the City of Douglasville in November 2017

One and only one individual qualified as a candidate for each City Council seat for which a new term will begin in January 2018, and therefore these candidates will be certified to the Georgia Secretary of State as having been elected, and no general election with voting will be held. 

There are no pending issues to be decided for City of Douglasville by referendum in November 2017, so no special
election will be held for Douglasville.

Given this 6th day of September, 2017.
Vicki Acker
City Clerk
City of Douglasville


Here is some information from the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA):



§ 21-2-291. Unopposed candidates

Any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event there is no opposed candidate in a precinct in a special or general election, no special or general election shall be held in such precinct unless a write-in candidate has qualified as provided by law or unless there are issues to be submitted to the electorate. Except as provided in Code Section 21-2-158, each such unopposed candidate shall be deemed to have voted for himself or herself. Where feasible, the superintendent shall provide notice reasonably calculated to inform the affected electorate that no special or general election is to be conducted. The superintendent shall certify such unopposed candidate as elected in the same manner as he or she certifies other candidates as elected pursuant to Code Section 21-2-493.


§ 21-2-133. Notice of intent of write-in candidates

(a) No person elected on a write-in vote shall be eligible to hold office unless notice of his or her intention of candidacy was filed and published no earlier than January 1 and no later than the Tuesday after the first Monday in September prior to the election for county, state, and federal elections; no later than seven days after the close of the qualifying period for nonpartisan elections in the case of nonpartisan elections for state or county offices; no later than seven days after the close of the municipal qualifying period for municipal elections in the case of a general election; or no later than seven days after the close of the special election qualifying period for a special election by the person to be a write-in candidate or by some other person or group of persons qualified to vote in the subject election, as follows:

(1) In a state general or special election, notice shall be filed with the Secretary of State and published in a newspaper of general circulation in the state;

(2) In a general or special election of county officers, notice shall be filed with the superintendent of elections in the county in which he or she is to be a candidate and published in the official organ of the same county; or

(3) In a municipal general or special election, notice shall be filed with the superintendent and published in the official gazette of the municipality holding the election.

In the event that such intention of candidacy is filed and published by a person or group of persons other than the candidate, such person or group of persons shall also file a written, notarized authorization by the candidate for such filing and publication.

(b) In addition to the requirements contained in subsection (a) of this Code section, the person or persons giving notice of intention of candidacy for a write-in candidate shall also file, with the appropriate official specified in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (a) of this Code section, a copy of the notice as published with an affidavit stating that the notice has been published and including the name of the newspaper and the date of publication, not later than the fifth day after the deadline for filing and publishing such notice. The affidavit may be made by the person giving notice of intention of candidacy or by the publisher of the newspaper in which the notice was published or by an employee of the newspaper designated by the publisher.

(c) No person shall be eligible as a write-in candidate in a special or general primary, a special or general primary runoff, or in a special or general election runoff.

(d) No person shall be eligible as a write-in candidate in a general or special election if such person was a candidate for nomination or election to the same office in the immediately preceding primary.

(e)
(1) The Secretary of State shall certify and transmit to the election superintendent of each county affected within five days following the deadline for the submission by write-in candidates of the notice and documentation required by this Code section to be a write-in candidate in a general or special election the names of all persons who have filed notices of intention to be write-in candidates with the Secretary of State for such general or special election.

(2) The county election superintendent shall certify within five days following the deadline for the submission by write-in candidates for county offices of the notice and documentation required by this Code section to be a write-in candidate in a general or special election the names of all persons who have filed notices of intention to be write-in candidates with the county election superintendent for county offices for such general or special election.

(3) The municipal election superintendent shall certify within five days following the deadline for the submission by write-in candidates for municipal offices of the notice and documentation required by this Code section to be a write-in candidate in a general or special election the names of all persons who have filed notices of intention to be write-in candidates with the municipal election superintendent for municipal offices for such general or special election.

State of Georgia, County of Douglas, City of Douglasville
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION DATE

The General Election for the City of Douglasville, Georgia will be held on Tuesday, 
November 7, 2017 at the following polling places: 

1. Arbor Station Elementary School located at 9999 Parkway South, 
2. The Old Douglas County Courthouse located at 6754 Broad Street (Church Street entrance),
3. Stewart Middle School located at 8138 Malone Street, 
4. Golden United Methodist Church located at 6903 West Forrest Avenue, and
5. First Baptist Church located at 5900 Prestley Mill Road.

The hours for voting shall be 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The offices to be elected are Councilmember Ward 1; Councilmember Ward 2, Post 1; Councilmember Ward 3, Post 1; and Councilmember Ward 3, Post 2.

Residents of the City of Douglasville wishing to vote in the November 7, 2017 election but who are not registered electors of the City may register to vote through October 10, 2017.

Early voting by absentee ballots will be held Monday through Friday at the Voter Registrar’s Office, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, beginning not later than Monday, October 16, 2017 and continuing through Friday, November 3, 2017, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm each day, and by mail.  Advance voting in person will begin Monday, October 16, 2017 and continue through Friday, November 3, 2017 at the same place and times.

Run-off Election Date will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017, should one occur.


By authority of the Mayor and Council on the 19th day of June, 2017.
Vicki Acker, Municipal Elections Superintendent