Office of Secretary of State
REFERENCE CALENDAR--2008 ELECTION CYCLE
NOTE: This calendar is for quick reference. For details on particular events ALWAYS refer to the Georgia Election Code or contact the Secretary of State.
DATE EVENT REFERENCE
APRIL 2007
April 8, 2007 Earliest day to circulate petition to qualify political bodies to nominate candidates O.C.G.A. 21-2-182, 21-2-185, 21-2-187
AUGUST 2007
180 days before filing Earliest day for candidates to circulate pauper's petition O.C.G.A. 21-2-132(h)(4)
August 9, 2007 Earliest day voters may request absentee ballot for Presidential Preference Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-381
August 12-15, 2007 Voter Registrars Association of Georgia (VRAG) Conference, Savannah, Ga. Voter Registrars Association of Georgia
August 19, 2007 Deadline to make precinct boundary changes before Sept. 18, 2007 Special Elections O.C.G.A. 21-2-261(c)
August 20, 2007 Voter registration deadline for Sept. 18, 2007 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
August 27-31, 2007 Qualifying period for Nov. 6, 2007 Municipal General Election O.C.G.A. 132 (d)(3)(A)
SEPTEMBER 2007
September 7, 2007 Deadline for municipal write-in candidates file and publish notice of intent O.C.G.A. 21-2-133
September 7, 2007 Counties conducting municipal elections on Nov. 6, 2007 must submit precinct combos to ballot builders for both the Municipal General Election and for the Presidential Preference Primary Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
September 8, 2007 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units before Sept. 18, 2007 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.9
September 10-14, 2007 Advance voting for Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
September 14, 2007 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
September 14, 2007 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing for Sept. 18, 2007 election O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6 (c)
September 18, 2007 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-540
September 19, 2007 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
September 20, 2007 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
September 21, 2007 Counties conducting county-only special elections on Nov. 6, 2007 must submit precinct combos to ballot builders for Nov. 6, 2007 and for the Presidential Preference Primary Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
OCTOBER 2007
October 5, 2007 Precinct combos for all other counties for Feb. 5, 2008 primary due to ballot builders Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
October 6, 2007 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units before Municipal General Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.9
October 7, 2007 Deadline to notify voters of precinct boundary changes for Municipal General Election State Election Board Rule 183-1-7-.01
October 8, 2007 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
October 9, 2007 Voter registration deadline for Nov. 6, 2007 Municipal General Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
October 16, 2007 Election supt. must provide absentee ballots to registrar for Nov. 6, 2007 Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(1)
October 16, 2007 Special Election Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-501
October 18, 2007 Registrar must issue absentee ballots for Nov. 6 within two days of receipt of ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(2)
Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2007 Advance Voting for General Municipal Election/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
NOVEMBER 2007
November 1, 2007 Deadline for state political parties to provide Secretary of State with list of candidates for Presidential Preference Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-193
November 1, 2007 Ballot information for Feb. 5, 2008 primary due from counties to ballot builders Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
November 2, 2007 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
November 2, 2007 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6 (c)
November 6, 2007 General Municipal Election/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-9 (b)
November 7, 2007 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
November 8, 2007 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
November 15, 2007 Databases for Feb. 5, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary due to printer Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
Nov. 22-23, 2007 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holidays State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
DECEMBER 2007
December 3-7, 2007 List of Presidential Preference Primary candidates to be published in legal organ by Secretary of State this week O.C.G.A. 21-2-193
December 4, 2007 Municipal General Election Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-501
December 7, 2007 Deadline to make precinct boundary changes for Presidential Preference Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-261(c)
December 20, 2007 Absentee ballot template becomes available for Presidential Preference Primary Secretary of State
December 21, 2007 Absentee statistics become available on Document Direct Secretary of State Help Desk
December 21, 2007 Optical scan ballots become ready for use by counties Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
December 22, 2007 Deadline for election supertindents to provide registrars with absentee ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(1)
December 24, 2007 Counties may start to access absentee ballot style updated by Secretary of State Secretary of State
Dec. 24-25, 2007 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holidays State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
December 26, 2007 Registrar must issue ballots for Presidential Preference Primay within two days of receipt of ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(2)
JANUARY 2008
January 1, 2008 Earliest day to file notice of write-in candidacy for General or Nonpartisan Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-133(a)
January 1, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
January 4, 2008 Counties must report to Secretary of State on Uniform & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act absentee ballots sent for Feb. 5, 2008 State Election Board Rule 183-1-14.04
January 5, 2008 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.9
January 6, 2008 Absolute deadline for registrars to mail Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots U.S. Department of Justice provisions
January 6, 2008 Deadline to notify voters of precinct boundary changes before Feb. 5, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary State Election Board Rule 183-1-7-.01
January 7, 2008 Deadline to register to vote in the Feb. 5, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
January 14, 2008 Georgia General Assembly convenes for 2008 legislative session Ga. Constitution Art. III, Sec. IV, Par. 1
January 17, 2008 Earliest day voters may apply for an absentee ballot for the General Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-381(a)(1)
Jan. 18-27, 2008 Requests for electors lists may be made by counties Secretary of State Help Desk
January 21, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
January 24, 2008 ExpressPoll Voter File available Secretary of State
January 25, 2008 Absentee File available for non-duplicating counties Secretary of State
Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2008 Advance Voting for Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
January 29, 2008 Deadline for election superintendents to post consolidation notice O.C.G.A. 21-2-492
February 1, 2008 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6 (c)
FEBRUARY 2008
February 1, 2008 Deadline for qualifying fees to be fixed and published for offices to be filled in 2008 O.C.G.A. 21-2-131
February 1, 2008 Absentee File available for duplicating counties Secretary of State
February 1, 2008 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office for Presidential Preference Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
February 1, 2 & 4, 2008 Supplemental Voter File available to counties Secretary of State
February 5, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-191; 21-2-540
February 6, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
February 7, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
February 8, 2008 Counting of Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
February 12, 2008 Deadline for election superintendent to certify election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-493(k)
February 15, 2008 National Change of Address (NCOA) confirmation notice postage report becomes available on Document Direct Secretary of State Help Desk
February 18, 2008 Federal offices closed for Presidents Day, state offices remain open U.S. Office of Personnel Management
February 19, 2008 Deadline for Secretary of State to certify election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-499(b)
February 22, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters from Feb. 5, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections KSU Center for Elections
February 26, 2008 Credit for Voting for Presidential Preference Primary uploaded by Secretary of State Secretary of State
February 29, 2008 National Change of Address (NCOA) confirmation notice postage report on Document Direct Secretary of State Help Desk
February 29, 2008 National Change of Address (NCOA) confirmation notices printed and distributed to counties throughout week Secretary of State Help Desk
MARCH 2008
March 4, 2008 Credit for Voting reports from Presidential Preference Primary available Secretary of State
   
APRIL 2008
April 1-30, 2008 High School Voter Registration Month O.C.G.A. 20-2-310(b)
April 7-11, 2008 Many Georgia school systems observe Spring Break Georgia Department of Education
April 11, 2008 National Change of Address (NCOA) electors moved from active to inactive status Secretary of State Help Desk
Apr 28 - May 2, 2008 Qualifying for General Primary O.C.G.A 21-2-153; 21-2-132
MAY 2008
May 2, 2008, 2:00 pm Political parties must post who has qualified with them O.C.G.A. 21-2-153(d)(1)
May 5, 2008 Deadline for certification of names/questions by political parties O.C.G.A. 21-2-154
May 8, 2008 Earliest day voters may apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-381
May 15, 2008 Deadline to make precinct boundary changes for July 15, 2008 General Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-261(c)
May 26, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
May 26, 2008 Absentee ballot template for General Primary/Special Election becomes available Secretary of State
May 30, 2008 Absentee statistics become available on Document Direct for General Primary Secretary of State Help Desk
May 31, 2008 Deadline for election superintendents to provide registrars with absentee ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
JUNE 2008
June 1-4, 2008 Georgia Election Officials Association (GEOA) Conference at Jekyll Island Georgia Election Officials Association
June 2, 2008 Registrar issues absentee ballots for Jul. 15, 2008 within two days of receipt of ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(2)
June 7, 2008 Deadline for a political body to hold a nominating convention O.C.G.A. 21-2-172 (e)
June 13, 2008 Counties must report to Secretary of State on Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act ballots for Jul. 15, 2008 State Election Board Rule 183-1-14.04
June 15, 2008 Absolute deadline for registrars to mail Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots for Jul. 15, 2008 U.S. Department of Justice provisions
June 15, 2008 Deadline to notify voters of precinct boundary changes for General Primary State Election Board Rule 183-1-7-.01
June 15, 2008 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units for General Primary O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.8
June 16, 2008 Deadline for voter registration/change of address for General Primary/Special O.C.G.A. 21-2-224, 21-2-218
June 23-27, 2008 Time period for for filing notice of candidacy and qualifying fee or pauper's affidavit O.C.G.A. 21-2-132 (d)
June 24, 2008 Deadline for candidates to submit names for consideration as poll watchers O.C.G.A. 21-2-408
June 27-July 4, 2008 Electors lists may be ordered by counties Secretary of State Help Desk
JULY 2008
July 3, 2008 ExpressPoll Voter File available Secretary of State
July 4, 2008 Absentee File available for non-duplicating counties Secretary of State
July 4, 2007 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
July 7-11, 2008 Advance Voting for General Primary/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
July 8, 2008 Deadline for election superintendents to post consolidation notice O.C.G.A. 21-2-492
July 8, 2008 Deadline for independent or political body candidates to file nomination petition O.C.G.A. 21-2-132(d); 21-2-187
July 10, 2008 Deadline for registrars to have prepared electors lists O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
July 11, 2008 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6(c)
July 11, 2008 Deadline for registrar to mail out absentee ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
July 11, 2008 Deadline for absentee voting in person O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
July 11, 2008 Absentee File available for duplicating counties Secretary of State
July 11, 12, & 14, 2008 Supplemental Voter File available to counties Secretary of State Help Desk
July 15, 2008 Deadline for state executive committees to designate poll watchers for Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-408
July 15, 2008 General Primary/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-150; 21-2-540
July 16, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
July 17, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
July 18, 2008 Counting of Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
July 21, 2008 Absentee statistics for Aug. 5, 2008 Runoff available Secretary of State Help Desk
July 22, 2008 Deadline for election superintendent to certify election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-493(k)
July 22, 2008 Deadline for candidates to submit names for poll watchers for Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-408
July 28-Aug. 1, 2008 Advance voting for General Primary Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
July 29, 2008 Deadline for Secretary of State to certify election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-499(b)
July 29, 2008 Deadline for state executive committees to designate poll watchers for Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-408
AUGUST 2008
August 1, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters from General Primary sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections KSU Center for Elections
August 1, 2008 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
August 5, 2008 General Primary Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-501
August 5, 2008 Credit for Voting from General Primary uploaded by the Secretary of State Secretary of State
August 6, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
August 7, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
August 8, 2008 Counting of Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
August 11, 2008 Absentee statistics become available for Sept. 16 Special Election Secretary of State Help Desk
August 12, 2008 Deadline for election superintendent to certify General Primary Runoff returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-493(k)
August 12, 2008 Credit for Voting reports from General Primary available Secretary of State
August 17, 2008 Deadline to make precinct boundary changes before Sept. 16, 2008 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-261(c)
August 18, 2008 Voter registration deadline for Sept. 16 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
August 19, 2008 Deadline for Secretary of State to certify General Primary Runoff returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-499(b)
August 22, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters from Runoff sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections Sec. of State - KSU Center for Elections
August 26, 2008 Credit for Voting uploaded by the Secretary of State for Runoff Secretary of State
August 29-Sept. 5, 2008 Counties may order electors lists Secretary of State Help Desk
Aug. 31- Sept. 7, 2008 Armed Forces Voters Week (refer to www.fvap.gov) U.S. Department of Defense requirement
SEPTEMBER 2008
September 1, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
September 2, 2008 Write-in candidates file and publish notice of intent O.C.G.A. 21-2-133
September 4, 2008 ExpressPoll Voter File available KSU Center for Elections
September 5, 2008 Deadline to make precinct boundary changes for Nov. 4, 2008 General Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-261
September 5, 2008 Absentee File available for non-duplicating counties KSU Center for Elections
September 6, 2008 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units for Sept. 16, 2008 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.8
September 7, 2008 Write-in candidates to file affidavit of publication O.C.G.A. 21-2-133(b)
September 8-12, 2008 Advance voting for Sept. 16 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380 (b)
September 12, 2008 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
September 12, 2008 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing for Sept. 16, 2008 election O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6 (c)
September 15, 2008 Absentee ballot template for General Election sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections KSU Center for Elections
September 16, 2008 Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-540
September 17, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
September 18, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
September 20, 2008 Election supt. must provide absentee ballots to registrar for Nov. 4, 2008 Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(1)
September 20, 2008 Absentee statistics become available for Nov. 4 General Election Secretary of State Help Desk
September 20, 2008 Absentee ballot style updated for Nov. 4 General/Nonpartisan/Special Election Secretary of State
September 22, 2008 Registrar issues absentee ballots for Nov. 4 within two days of receipt of ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-384(a)(2)
OCTOBER 2008
October 3, 2008 Counties must report to Secretary of State on Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) absentee ballots for Nov. 4, 2008 State Election Board Rule 183-1-14.04
October 3, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters from Sept. 16 Special sent by KSU Center for Elections to Secretary of State KSU Center for Elections
October 4, 2008 Election superintendent will provide sample ballots and public exhibition of direct record electronic (DRE) voting units O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.8
October 5, 2008 Absolute deadline for registrars to mail Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots for General Election U.S. Department of Justice provisions
October 5, 2008 Deadline to notify voters of precinct boundary changes for General Election State Election Board Rule 183-1-7-.01
October 6, 2008 Deadline for voter registration/change of address for General/Nonpartisan Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-224, 21-2-218
October 7, 2008 Special Election Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-501
October 7, 2008 Credit for Voting from Sept. 16 Special Election uploaded Secretary of State
October 13, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
October 17-24, 2008 Electors Lists may be ordered by counties Secretary of State Help Desk
October 21, 2008 Deadline for designation of statewide poll watchers O.C.G.A. 21-2-408(a)(2)
October 23, 2008 ExpressPoll Voter File available KSU Center for Elections
October 24, 2008 Absentee Voter File available to non-duplicating counties KSU Center for Elections
October 25, 2008 Certification of write-in candidates O.C.G.A. 21-2-133(e)
October 27-31, 2008 Advance voting for General/Nonpartisan Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-380 (b)
October 28, 2008 Designation of poll watchers O.C.G.A. 21-2-408
October 28, 2008 Deadline for election superintendents to post consolidation notice O.C.G.A. 21-2-492
October 30, 2008 Preparation of electors list O.C.G.A. 21-2-224
October 31, 2008 Deadline to have conducted Logic & Accuracy testing O.C.G.A. 21-2-379.6 (c)
October 31, 2008 Deadline to mail absentee ballots or vote in office O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
October 31, 2008 Absentee Voter File available to duplicating counties KSU Center for Elections
October 31, Nov. 1, 3, 2008 Supplemental Voter File available to counties Secretary of State Help Desk
NOVEMBER 2008
November 4, 2008 General/Nonpartisan/Special Election O.C.G.A. 21-2-384
November 5, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
November 6, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
November 7, 2008 Counting of Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
November 10, 2008 Absentee statistics for Dec. 2, 2008 General Election Runoff available Secretary of State Help Desk
November 11, 2008 Deadline for election superintendent to certify General Election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-493(k)
November 11, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
November 18, 2008 Deadline for Secretary of State to certify General Election returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-499(b)
November 21, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections from General Election KSU Center for Elections
November 24-28, 2008 Advance voting for General/Nonpartisan/Special Election Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-380(b)
November 25, 2008 Credit for Voting uploaded from General Election Secretary of State
November 27-28, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
DECEMBER 2008
December 1, 2008 Credit for Voting reports available from General Election Secretary of State
December 2, 2008 General/Nonpartisan/Special Election Runoff O.C.G.A. 21-2-501
December 3, 2008 Election superintendent will provide Registrar with any provisional paperwork O.C.G.A. 21-2-419, Rule 183-1-12-.06(10)
December 4, 2008 Registrar will verify whether provisional ballots are accepted or rejected O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
December 5, 2008 Counting of Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots O.C.G.A. 21-2-419
December 9, 2008 Deadline for election superintendent to certify General Election Runoff returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-493(k)
December 16, 2008 Deadline for Secretary of State to certify General Election Runoff returns O.C.G.A. 21-2-499(b)
December 19, 2008 Numbered Lists of Voters from Runoff sent to Secretary of State by KSU Center for Elections KSU Center for Elections
December 23, 2008 Credit for Voting from General Election Runoff uploaded by Secretary of State Secretary of State
December 24, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)
December 25, 2008 Office of Secretary of State closed for state holiday State Holiday Listing (from Governor)