Blaze the Ballot

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2021 Georgia State Elections Calendar

There are some election dates scheduled in Georgia during 2021. You can see those dates below:

Special Election Date: March 16, 2021

Special Election Date: June 15, 2021

Special Election Date: September 21, 2021

General Election/Special Election Date: November 2, 2021

(Source) Georgia Secretary of State's Office


What is Blaze the Ballot?

BLAZE the Ballot is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI). Its goal is to encourage and promote voter culture and active engagement in civic responsibility within our campus community!

BLAZE is an acronym which speaks to the objectives of the initiative:

B- Build a better campus community of general respect, inclusion, and tolerance 

L- Learn about voting as the foundation of the democratic process

A- Accountability to affect change through active civic engagement

Z - Zealous about the future

E - Encourage and emphasize voting culture on our campus 

What does Blaze the Ballot do?

We work to educate students on voter culture, provide resources to student voters, and bridge the gap between this generation and the “ballot.” BLAZE the Ballot programming and events can be found at: https://www.valdosta.edu/student/diversity/sdi-programs1.php

What do you know about voting?

To gain knowledge about the voting processes visit https://www.vote411.org/  This website provides voters with all the basic information necessary to ensure they are aware of types of ballots (i.e. absentee ballot, provisional ballot), the voting process, important dates, and information specific to each state.

Lowndes County Board of Elections

2808 N. Oak St
Valdosta, GA 31601
(229) 671-2850 

You can also visit: https://www.rockthevote.org/  to find information for your specific state. 

Absentee Ballot Information 

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 in 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.  

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!

https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/

As you sign up to volunteer remember two things:

  1. This is a PAID volunteer opportunity
  2. 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 

Registration forms and absentee ballots applications are available in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.