Dates in this color are from the Georgia Secretary of State's 2022 election calendar.
|Dates in a box are activities of the Pickens County Democratic Committee.
|Saturday, August 6, 2022, 10:30 a.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee meeting to elect delegates to the Democratic Party of Georgia 2022 Convention. Pickens County Administration Building, 1266 East Church St., Jasper; Pickens Room (basement, entrance at rear of building).
(There are no additional candidates for delegate, so there will be no election of a delegate by all Democrats in Pickens County.)
|Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee. Social gathering instead of a business meeting. Location TBA.
Monday, August 22, 2022 - Earliest day to apply for an absentee ballot for November General Election (Note 1 below)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the November General/Special Election
|Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting.
Monday, October 10, 2022 - Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Runoff Election
Monday, October 17, 2022 - Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting begins for the November General Election. (Note 2 below)
|Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee. Social gathering instead of a business meeting. Location TBA.
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election
Friday, October 28, 2022 - Last day to submit absentee ballot application for the November General Election
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - Mandatory Saturday Voting for the November General Election
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Georgia General Election (Note 2 below) (Note 3 below)
|Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - Georgia General Election Runoff
|Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee. Social gathering instead of a business meeting. Location TBA.
|Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:00 p.m. - Pickens County Democratic Committee monthly meeting.
Note 1: To request a ballot, you'll need to include your driver's license number, state ID number or, if you don't have those, a copy of acceptable voter ID. Revises OCGA §21-2-381, S.B. 202 §25(a)(1)(C). Date of birth (DOB) also required. Counties cannot mail out
ballots until 4 weeks before the election (previously 7 weeks). Revises OCGA §21-2-384, S.B. 202 §27(a)(2).
Note 2: IF YOU ATTEMPT TO VOTE IN THE WRONG PRECINCT on Election Day, S.B. 202 provides that out-of-precinct provisional ballots will not count unless cast after 5 pm and voter signs a statement saying they cannot make it to correct precinct in time. Revises OCGA §21-2-418, S.B. 202 §34. If you vote early ("Advanced (Absentee In-Person) Voting"), this will not be an issue!
Note 3: S.B. 202 provides that
- Counties must count all the ballots nonstop as soon as polls close. Revises OCGA §21-2-493, S.B. 202 §41. (Counties may begin processing absentee ballots as early as two weeks before election day. Revises §21-2-386, S.B. 202 §29(a)(2).)
- Counties must complete count by 5 pm the day after the election or be subject to [State Election Board] sanction. Revises OCGA §21-2-386, S.B. 202 §29(d)
- Certification is Monday after election. OCGA §21-2-493, S.B. 202 §41.
Makeup of the State Election Board is controlled by the Republicans in the General Assembly. Clearly, they hope that the large counties that vote Democratic will be unable to complete their counts in the 22 hours between polls closing at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and 5:00 p.m. the next day. If the counties fail to do this (or some other "irregularities" are alleged?), the State Election Board then can fire the Boards of Elections and the election supervisors in those counties and substitute their own man to certify the counts—to whose advantage, do you suppose?
- Counties could take breaks counting ballots.
- Counties could count ballots until certification deadline.
- Certification was two Fridays after election