Walker County Voters to Receive Informational Precinct Cards

LaFayette, GA – Voters can expect to receive an informational mailing from the Walker County Elections Office, as the county prepares to transition to a Board of Commissioners form of government.

After working for months to update voter data to make sure every voter is placed in the correct district, Elections officials mailed out 39,723 precinct cards to provide voters with that information.  Each precinct card also notifies voters about where they vote and which Congressional, Senate, House and Judicial district they are in.

Voters DO NOT have to have these cards to vote, just a photo ID as usual.

The first election where the districts for the Board of Commissioners will be on the ballot will be the General Primary on May 19, 2020.

How Walker Works – Elections Office Prepares for the Transition to a Board of Commissioners

LaFayette – The first Board of Commissioners election doesn’t take place until 2020, but the staff at the Walker County Elections Office is already hard at work making sure every voter is placed in the correct district.

Danielle Montgomery, Director of Elections, says “We are working with the GIS for Walker County and trying to get each street in each district so we have every street in every district so we can put that into our system and that way if someone looks up on their My Voter Page they can see what district they are in.  It is a long and tedious process.”

It could take several months for Montgomery and her team to complete this task.  Meanwhile, voters with questions about which district they are in can contact the Elections office for verification.  “We have some maps and we’d be glad to answer any questions or emails about what district they are in, because we can see it, but we haven’t gotten it into the system where they can see it.”

As for those wanting to run for office, Montgomery says there are some important steps to consider before moving forward.  “You need to fill out a Declaration of Intent, it’s also known as a DOI, before you can accept money.  So, no business cards no signs or anything until you’ve completed this Declaration of Intent.”

Forms can be obtained from the Elections Office on the bottom floor of the courthouse in LaFayette.  For additional information, call (706) 638-4349 or email the Elections Office at elections@walkerga.us.

Four district commissioners and an at-large chairperson will be on the ballot.  Party qualifying takes place in 2020 from March 2nd through the 6th with the Primary scheduled for May 19th.  Those wanting to run as an Independent should contact the Elections Office to learn more about that process.  “It’s a little bit more in depth than running under a party system,” says Montgomery. 

The General Election is set for November 3, 2020.  The inaugural group of District Commissioner’s and Board Chair takes office January 1, 2021.


Provisional Ballot Status from November 2018 Elections

The Secretary of State’s Office has established a secure website and free-access telephone number for provisional ballot voters to access to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted in the November 6, 2018 elections and if not, the reason why.

The website to check your status is: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/check_your_provisional_ballot_status_for_november_6_2018_election

The free access number is 1-844-537-5375.

A list of provisional ballots that have been accepted or not accepted is also available on the Walker County Board of Elections website at www.walkercountyelections.com

Board of Elections to move Kensington Polling Location

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the voters of the Kensington precinct, that the Board of Elections and Registration recommends the polling place location be changed from the Kensington Fire Hall to the Cassandra Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The Board recommends this change because the fire hall is not suitable. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 21-2-265(a) this Notice will be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the legal organ prior to being adopted on August 9, 2018 at the Board’s meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Courthouse. Additionally, on the first election day following such change, a notice of such change shall be posted on the previous polling place and at three other places in the immediate vicinity thereof.

This change will be effective on September 1, 2018. If you have any questions concerning this precinct change, please call the Election Commission office at (706) 638-4349.