Due to the impact of Hurricane Michael, Miller and Seminole Counties were not open today for the first day of early in-person voting in Georgia. Monday evening, Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order allowing those counties to commence early in-person voting as soon as safely possible and account for lost time with an additional two hours of voting each day from October 22 through 25, 2018. Both counties are expected to be open for early in-person voting tomorrow, October 16.
“I sincerely thank Governor Deal for swiftly addressing this issue and carefully crafting this solution in the best interests of all citizens of Miller and Seminole Counties. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Governor Deal has provided remarkable leadership and reminded Georgians all across this state that we can work together to overcome the devastation of this powerful storm,” stated Secretary Kemp. “I also want to thank the devoted election officials who, despite facing incredible hardship, worked around-the-clock to get ready for voting and reopen their doors as quickly as possible.”
Monday evening, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) began the installation of power generators in Miller and Seminole Counties for election offices. On Saturday, October 13, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Elections Director Chris Harvey, and Chief Investigator Russell Lewis traveled to Southwest Georgia to visit Dougherty, Early, Lee, Miller, and Seminole Counties’ election offices and view storm damage to election infrastructure. Kemp remains in ongoing communications with federal, state, and regional partners to assess and reinforce election resources in affected areas.
In 157 Georgia counties, early in-person voting started Monday, October 15, 2018, and it runs through November 2, 2018. In all 159 counties, the polls will also be open on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Some counties will offer additional weekend opportunities to vote. Please contact your local elections offices to see what additional opportunities are available. You can find your county’s list of early voting locations here.