Use Georgia Secretary of State Website to Check Status of Your Absentee Ballot

I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.

I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:

Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.

Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.

Landing My Voter Page (1)

Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.

MVP Voter Page Info Accessible redacted

 

In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:

My absentee ballot status

I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.

If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.

Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”

Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.

Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.

Georgia Legislature Can Enact Important Election Reforms

georgia_senatorial_election_results_by_county__2014As your constituent, I urge you to push in future legislative sessions for the following improvements to our elections, which could all be accomplished without changes to the United States Constitution: Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Talking About #Russiagate is Bad

1_l29LvThvYgDrXc09o3fONADecades after Letterman made Top Ten lists ubiquitous, I’m making my first!

Here are the Top 10 Reasons why your political “wokeness” is not tied to obsession over #Russiagate, an idea advanced in a National Public Radio piece critical of Lee Camp’s show Redacted Tonight on Russia Today: Continue reading

NFL Practices Regressive Politics? Say it isn’t so!

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This week, several NFL owners have told their players that any protest during the National Anthem would be punished with being benched (and presumably fired and blacklisted like Colin Kaepernick). Some are acting like this came out of the blue. I don’t know, maybe the NFL owners are just that way.

Among the Accomplishments of the Egyptian Military Government Is Facilitation of Suicide

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In the wake of the horrific train accident in Alexandria, Egypt, this satirical tweet points out an important lesson for people in the United States who attribute chaos to the uprisings against the dictators and monarchs the United States government supports. Here’s my translation:

Before, the person who wanted to commit suicide had to throw himself under the wheels of the train. As for now, it is quite sufficient for him simply to ride it.

On May 14, 2017, Egyptian dictator Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi claimed that the recurring losses of the train system in Egypt precluded further investment:

By ignoring public health and safety and the environment and consumer protection, the U.S.-friendly governments of southwest Asia and north Africa kill far more people than ISIS or whoever the bogeyman of the month is. The ones they kill through torture, execution and the dire conditions of their prisons are simply icing on the cake.

The idea that dictators and monarchs provide stability is wrong. Ask your legislators to end US government support for these governments. Ending aid to Egypt and refusing cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are great places to start.