Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vote Early and #PostThePeach

Bring an interpreter to the poll if needed

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Voters across Georgia are challenged to vote early and show off their "I'm A Georgia Voter" stickers as part of the #PostThePeach Challenge, kicking off during a press conference on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. 
The #PostThePeach Challenge, initiated by a coalition of county election officials, civic engagement organizations and individual voters, asks voters across Georgia to cast their ballots during early voting for the November 2014 General and Special Election.
After casting their ballots, Georgia voters are challenged to post photos of themselves wearing their state-issued "I am Georgia Voter" peach sticker and to challenge others to #PostThePeach on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Voters and organizations throughout Georgia are invited to participate in the nonpartisan #PostThePeach Challenge to engage voters and encourage participation in early voting. 

Current partners include:

Registration & Elections officials from Carroll County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Hall County and others
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)
Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda
League of Women Voters of Georgia
Pro Georgia

Early voting across Georgia begins on Monday, October 13. Early voting saves time and is more convenient for voters with busy, modern lifestyles.  But even more important, it allows for time for a voter to correct any unforeseen problem that may occur at the polls.  Some issues for Latino & Asian voters who have been naturalized citizens, this would include addressing issues by the state's citizenship verification process.  Early voting would provide these voters with additional time to address any verification that may be needed.

Georgia voters will have three weeks to vote early, with some weekend voting hours available in all counties. In total, across the state, Georgia voters will have access to 261 early voting locations, a combined total of 28,262 weekday hours and 1,779 weekend hours for early voting, spanning across a minimum of 16 voting days, and as many as 19 voting days.   

In addition, voters can cast their ballots by mail and on Election Day. To find their polling location and the early voting hours and locations in their county, voters can log on to the Georgia My Voter Page at .

GLV_COLOR "Early voting is a great option for Georgians, including Latino voters.  It is a great option to exercise, especially for Latino voters.  We will encourage Latinos and all Georgia voters to vote early," said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.  

Can I get a ballot in my native language?

Most election materials in Georgia are available in English only, but you have the right to bring an interpreter with you to the polls or to get language assistance from anyone you choose, including a poll worker, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union. 

What if I need help in the voting booth?

If you need help because of a physical disability or because you can’t read the ballot, tell a poll worker. You have the right to vote on an accessible voting machine and to have someone assist you. If you are unable to use a voting machine due to disability, you must be provided with a paper ballot. 
If you need language assistance, you have a right to bring an interpreter with you to communicate with poll workers and to translate the ballot.

If you need instructions on how to use the voting equipment, ask a poll worker for help. 

If your county uses certain types of optical or digital voting machines, your county superintendent is required to make such a machine, along with a sample ballot, available for inspection before the November 4, 2014 general election, along with someone capable of instructing on the machine’s use. 

Source: ACLU

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