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Municipal General Election

A Municipal General Election for the City of Sandy Springs will be held on November 7, 2017, to fill the offices of Mayor and the six (6) City Council Districts.  

Early voting is scheduled for October 16 - November 3.  Early voting locations within the city limits of Sandy Springs include:

Click here for the full list of early voting locations.  Please note that citizens voting at these locations must be registered to vote in Fulton County. Reasonable accommodations due to disability are available at each location. Learn more online at www.fultonelections.com or call 404-612-7020.

The deadline to register to vote in the November Municipal Election was October 10, 2017. 

Candidates on the Sandy Springs Municipal Ballot include:

Mayor - Rusty Paul (incumbent, unopposed)

City Council District 1 – John Paulson (incumbent, unopposed)

City Council District 2 – Steve Soteres (unopposed)

City Council District 3 - Chris Burnett (incumbent, unopposed)

City Council District 4 –

Jody Reichel
Le’Dor Milteer

City Council District 5 – Tibby DeJulio  (incumbent, unopposed)

City Council District 6 – Andy Bauman  (incumbent, unopposed)

 

General Voting Information

Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote in the November Municipal Election was Wednesday, October 10, 2017.

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 live in an unincorporated area of Fulton County. You must be registered to vote in an election and must be registered as a resident of the area in which you intend to vote. In addition, you must be registered at least 29 days prior to the Election date.  

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.

Other options for registering:

  • Use the State of Georgia’s Online Voter Registration System
  • Download, complete and mail a voter registration application
  • Pick up voter registration forms at Sandy Springs City Hall.  We are located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350

Registration is also offered when you renew or apply for your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety driver’s license locations. 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.

Georgia Voters are required to show one of six forms of valid photo identification when voting in person, during the absentee or advanced voting period or at the polls on Election Day.

The valid forms of identification are as follows:

  • A Georgia's driver's license (even if expired);
  • A valid State or federal government photo ID;
  • A valid U.S. passport;
  • A valid government employee photo ID (city, county, state or U.S. government);
  • A valid U.S. military photo ID;
  • A valid Tribal photo ID

Voters who do not have any of the above IDs may obtain an official Georgia Voter photo ID card free of charge at any Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Fulton County Registration and Elections Department. Voters may contact the Georgia's Department of Driver Services at 678-413-8400, 678-413-8500, or 678-413-8600 to obtain an ID card. An ID card may also be obtained from the Fulton County Government Center, North Fulton Service Center and South Fulton Service Center. Proof of Georgia residency, registered voter status, and documentation of date of birth is required for issuance of the Voter ID card. The Georgia Voter ID card is valid for voting purposes only.  

Absentee Ballot Procedures

FULTON COUNTY

Fulton County registered voters may visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website to download an application for an 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.

 

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.

 

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 council member and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service. (Sec. 2.02 from the City Charter Code)

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

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