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KEMP GEARS UP FOR ELECTION DAY
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds registered Georgia voters that advance in-person voting ends this Friday, April 14 for the April 18 special elections in the 6th Congressional District and state Senate District 32. Kemp encourages voters to get engaged leading up to Election Day.
“The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted,” stated Secretary Kemp. “I am encouraging all eligible voters to go to the polls and ensure their voice is heard in these important elections.”
To further promote participation on April 18, Secretary Kemp is encouraging voters to engage with his office through social media to relay their Election Day experience. Voters can also use Secretary Kemp’s Facebook and Twitter to report irregularities or election complaints.
All complaints are promptly reviewed by the office’s Investigation Division’s P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officers, and if warranted, officers will open a formal State Election Board investigation. The office also receives complaints through the “Stop Voter Fraud” website and hotline (877-725-9797). On April 18, Secretary Kemp will dispatch investigators to strategic locations in metro-Atlanta to monitor Election Day voting and respond to any reports of suspicious activity.
“In addition to the informational resources and tools we offer Georgians, we also work to ensure Georgians have secure, accessible, and fair elections in our state,” said Kemp. “Communication with Georgia voters is key, and we bring all assets to bear on Election Day.”
Georgia voters can use the office’s “My Voter Page” or download the “GA SOS” app for Apple and Android devices to check registration status, view a sample ballot, and find their voting location.On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Secretary Kemp reminds Georgians that photography is prohibited in a polling place when voting is underway unless the poll manager gives approval, which is often provided for limited media coverage. It is illegal to take pictures of a ballot or voting equipment. In previous elections, voters have posted "ballot selfies" on social media in violation of statutory law.
"If you are going to post about your voting experience on social media, I encourage you to post your peach voting sticker, not your ballot," said Kemp. "Georgia law intends to preserve secrecy of the ballot for all voters."
The 6th Congressional District covers parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. State Senate District 32 covers parts of Cobb and Fulton counties.
Georgians can reference other important dates for the 2017 election cycle on the office’s website.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, go to www.sos.ga.gov or follow Secretary Kemp on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.