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2016 Elections and Voter Registration Calendar


Elections and Voter Registration Calendar


2016 Election Event Dates:

Elections                                                                                                                                                                                           
Election Date                                            
Voter Registration Deadline  

Presidential Preference Primary and Special Election 

March 1, 2016
                    February 1, 2016

Special Runoff Date 

March 29, 2016
                    February 1, 2016
General Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Runoff Election 
May 24, 2016                          April 26, 2016

General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff Election, and Special Runoff Election Date 

July 26, 2016
                          April 26, 2016
General Election
November 8, 2016 
                    October 11, 2016

General Election Runoff Date for Local and State Offices

December 6, 2016
                    October 11, 2016

General Election Runoff Date for Federal Offices

January 10, 2017
                    October 11, 2016

2016 Key Dates:

January 1, 2016                                                                                                      
Earliest day to file and publish a notice of intention to be a write-in candidate in the General Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-133 (a)

January 12, 2016

Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the March Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)

February 1, 2016

Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election and March Special Election Runoff. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-224 (a)

Last day to fix and publish qualifying fees for offices to be filled during the 2016 Election Cycle. O.C.G.A § 21-2-131 (a)(1)(A)

February 8, 2016

Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

February 20, 2016

Mandatory Saturday Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary/March Special Election. O.C.G.A § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

March 7, 2016
9:00 AM

Earliest day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-153 (c)(1)

Earliest day for a Non-Partisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his or her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-132, 21-2-172, 21-2-187

March 11, 2016
12:00 Noon

Last day for a Political Party Candidate to file a Declaration of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-153 (c)(1)

Last day for a Non-Partisan Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Primary/Non-Partisan Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-132, 21-2-172, 21-2-187

March 18, 2016

Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Non-Partisan Write-In Candidate. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-133 (a)

 March 23, 2016 
Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Non-Partisan Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-133 (b).

April 5, 2016

Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/ Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)

April 26, 2016

Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election and Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-224 (a)*

May 2, 2016

Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

May 14, 2016
Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election O.C.G.A § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

June 27, 2016
9:00 AM

Earliest day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-132; 21-2-187

July 1, 2016
12:00 Noon

Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file a Notice of Candidacy to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-132;21-2-187

July 5, 2016
Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

July 12, 2016
Last day for an Independent or a Political Body Candidate to file their Nomination Petition to have his/her name placed on the General Election Ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-132

September 6, 2016
Last day to file the notice of intention to be a write-in candidate and have notice published in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-133 (a)

September 12, 2016
Last day to file affidavit stating the notice of intention to be a Write-In Candidate has been published in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-133 (b)

September 20, 2016
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election/November Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)

October 11, 2016
Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election/November Special Election /Runoff Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-224(a)*

October 17, 2016
Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election/November Special Election. O.C.G.A. §21-2-385 (d)(1)

October 29, 2016
Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Election/November Special Election. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

As soon as possible

Absentee ballots shall be mailed out as soon as possible prior to the General Election Runoff/November Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)

Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election Runoff/November Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

November 22, 2016
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election Runoff of Federal Offices. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)

December 19, 2016
Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election Runoff for Federal Offices. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-385 (d)(1)

* O.C.G.A. § 21-2-14.  When the last day for the exercise of any privilege or the discharge of any duty prescribed or required by this chapter shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next succeeding business day shall be the last day for the exercise of such privilege or the discharge of such duty.


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