Blaze the Ballot
ATTENTION ALL BLAZERS! #VSU VOTES
WHAT IS BLAZE THE BALLOT?
Build a better campus community
Learn from the past
Zealous about the future
Educate other blazer faculty, students, and staff
What does Blaze the Ballot do?
Hello Blazers! The 2022 Midterms are right around the corner, and Student Diversity and Inclusion is excited to add the Motivote platform to their nonpartisan Blaze the Ballot program, to help our campus community get ready to vote.
For many would-be voters, life’s little barriers such as missed deadlines and busy schedules get in the way. Motivote is a digital tool that breaks down the process into bite-sized steps to make the process more fun and social. When Motivote users complete simple actions, they accumulate points which can be turned in for prizes! We believe merging our existing efforts with Motivote will help improve our effort to increase student voter turnout here at VSU! Voters get ready to vote with friends, get automated reminders, and win real-life rewards. (It’s 100% focused on the behavior of voting, not who you vote for.) Click this link to get started!
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BALLOT.
You can view your sample ballot by going to the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page website. Here's how:
1. Open an internet browser and go to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
2. Under "MVP Login" type in the first letter of your first name, your last name, select the county where you live, and input your date of birth. Click Submit.
- If at this point if you get a page saying that your registration cannot be found, go back and ensure that you entered all of your information above correctly. If you did and you're still told that your information can't be located, then you may not be registered to vote. You can contact your County Elections Office to double-check. If you need to re-register to vote, you can do so by clicking here.
3. Under the "Voter Information" section, you will see a link that says "Click Here for Sample Ballots". Note that this link only becomes active near an Election Day. If you don't see the link, the State probably has not yet produced ballots for that election period.
4. After you click the link, you will see your sample ballot. It will look similar to the image above. All of the elected offices and ballot initiatives that you're eligible to vote for will show in your sample ballot.
2022 GEORGIA STATE ELECTIONS CALENDAR
REGISTER TO VOTE.
To register to vote in Georgia (GA) you must:
Be a citizen of the United States
Be a legal resident of the county
Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote
Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude*
Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge
* The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that in Georgia all felonies are crimes involving moral turpitude. You are considered to have completed your felony sentence for the purpose of voter eligibility if you have completed any term of incarceration, probation, or parole and paid all fines, unless such fines are canceled upon completion of your term of incarceration, probation, or parole (e.g., when the fines were imposed "as a condition of probation," they are automatically canceled upon completion of probation). Your felony sentence is considered completed even if you have outstanding monetary obligations other than fines, such as unpaid restitution, fees, costs, or surcharges.
(Cite source: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/register_to_vote)
Click here to register now
Resources by state:
ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING.
Absentee Ballots are the mechanism used to cast your vote in your location of permanent residency. This type of ballot is a vote-by-mail ballot. You must contact your state to apply for an absentee ballot application, fill it out and return it by your state's deadline. Vote. org is a great site to learn more about the absentee ballot process for your state. Below are links and topics for your review.
Absentee Ballot Rules per State: http://www.vote.org/absentee-voting-rules/
Absentee Ballot Application: http://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/
Absentee Ballot Deadlines per State: http://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot-deadlines
DON’T JUST VOTE, VOLUNTEER.
Voting is an essential part of BLAZE the Ballot, but volunteering is just as important. Volunteer poll workers are paid. Working the poll here on campus will help us keep it open to accommodate our student voters! Please use the link below to volunteer
As you sign up to volunteer remember two things:
This is a PAID volunteer opportunity
When you sign up to volunteer, volunteer to work the precinct here at Valdosta State University
VSU Polling Place Location:
UC Entrance #2
1215 N. Patterson St
Executive Dining Room
Lowndes County Board of Elections
2808 N. Oak St
Valdosta, GA 31601