Voting and Elections

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Voter Registration

To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of the State of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and you must be at least 17.5 years of age (must be 18 years of age to cast a ballot). You may not register if you are serving a sentence for a conviction of a felony offense or if you have been found mentally incompetent by a judge.

The Fulton County Voter Registration Office, 404-730-7072, handles voter registration for all Fulton County residents regardless of whether you reside in a city such as Sandy Springs or an unincorporated area of Fulton County. You must be registered to vote in an election and must be registered as a resident within the area in which you intend to vote. In addition, you must be registered at least 29 days prior to the Election date. 

If you wish to register at Sandy Springs City Hall, you may request registration materials at the Revenue Counter or Construction Permits Counter. Sandy Springs staff that have been trained and certified by the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections Department will be available to those who want to register to vote.

Other options for registering:

Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety driver’s license posts. College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their schools in the office of the School Registrar or from the office of Vice President of Academic Affairs.  

How do I confirm my registration status?

To confirm your registration status, visit the My Voter Page on Georgia Secretary of State website.

 

Absentee Ballot Procedures

FULTON COUNTY

Fulton County registered voters may visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website to download an application for official absentee ballot for state held elections. 

The application can then be mailed to: Fulton County Voter Registration, 130 Peachtree St. S.W.; Suite 2186; Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or can be faxed to Fulton County at 404-730-8839.

If you are unable to download the ballot, Fulton County will mail it to you. The ballot must be mailed back and received by Fulton County by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. For additional information, call the Fulton County Voter Registration Office at 404-730-7072.

 

Polling Locations

The Fulton County Elections Board has posted a poll location tool for you to find your precinct for election day for state elections.

  

Information for Candidates

Election Signs

The City of Sandy Springs has various sign ordinances which govern the type and number of signs that can be displayed on private property during an election. In order to help you understand how these ordinances apply to the signage on your property, the City has created this guide:

 

Single & Multifamily Residential Properties

During a political election, between the date of qualification and final determination on each ballot issue or candidate, each lot may display an unlimited number of Standard Informational Signs, however, only one may be an Expanded Informational Sign or a Cantilever Sign.

Properties in Commercial, Office and Mixed Use Districts

During a political election, between the date of qualification and final determination on each ballot issue or candidate, each lot may display an unlimited number of Standard Informational Signs.

   -Sign Types

Standard    Standard Informational Signs

  • 4 square feet maximum
  • Maximum height of 3 feet
  • Sign face made for short term use, containing no reflecting elements, flags or projections
  • Mounted on a stake or metal frame with a thickness or diameter not greater than 1 ½”
  • No time limit

Expanded    Expanded Informational Signs

  • 6 square feet maximum
  • Maximum height of 5 feet
  • No time limit

    Cantilever Signs

  • 6 square feet maximum
  • CantileverMaximum height of 6 feet
  • No time limit
  • No permit required
  • Sign face made for short term use, containing no reflecting elements, flags or projections
  • Sign hanging or suspended below a rigid horizontal support which is not more than 4 inches by 4 inches, with one end of the horizontal support attached to a vertical support which is not more than 4 inches by 4 inches

Helpful Links:

Georgia Voter Identification Requirements

Military and Oversees voting regulations and procedures

 

Sample Ballots

Sample ballots for the state's general election can be obtained through the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State website. First you’ll need to enter your name, county and date of birth. A sample ballot will be available on the following page along with other information about your district.

General Election Information – Municipal Elections

Seats for the Mayor and six Council members in Sandy Springs were selected during the 2013 election. Per the City Charter, the mayor and members of the council shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Qualifications include:

  • Resident of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for mayor or council member;
  • Shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service;
  • Continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal election of the City of Sandy Springs;
  • Residing in the council district the person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election; and
  • Continues to reside in such district during the person’s period of service.

Qualifications for Elected Offices in Sandy Springs

Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section, the mayor and members of the city council shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless that person shall have been a resident of the area comprising the corporate limits of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for mayor or councilmember, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Sandy Springs. In addition to the above requirements, no person shall be eligible to serve as a councilmember representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district such person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election for councilmember and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service. (Sec. 2.02 from the City Charter Code)

 



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