Our Mission Statement
The Decatur County Board of Elections and Voter Registration’s mission is to adhere to the U.S. and Georgia constitutions, laws, rules and best practices to ensure every eligible U.S. citizen has the right to vote. There will be fair, open and equal access to the election process through registration and through voting, and we fairly and accurately count every vote. We are stewards of tax dollars, property and time. And, we are champions of democracy.
122 W. Water Street (Courthouse Annex)
Bainbridge, GA 39817
P. O. Box 7428
Bainbridge, GA 39818
Phone Number: (229) 243-2087
Fax Number: (229) 248-3743
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm.
NEWS RELEASE AND PUBLIC NOTICE
February Budget Meeting Notice
January 2023 Board Meeting Notice
LA PUBLIC NOTICE Jan 31,2023 Special Election
Public Notice of Early Tabulation,Nov 8, 2022
DAILY REPORTING FOR ADVANCED VOTING FORM, June 17, 2022
List of Candidates to Appear on the June Runoff Ballot
L&A Testing Public Notice, Primary Runoff
Audit notice for May 24, 2022 Primary Election
DAILY REPORTING FOR ADVANCED VOTING FORM, May 20, 2022
Public Notice of Computation and Canvassing, May 24, 2022
Public Notice of Early Tabulation, May 24, 2022
L&A Testing Public Notice, Primary-Non-Partisan General Election
TSPLOST Call for Special Election, May 24, 2022 – signed copy
NEWS RELEASE – New Precinct Cards Mailing Out
Public Notice for Coliseum Split and creating Kirbo Center precinct
Public Notice for West Bainbridge change to VFW building
L&A Testing Public Notice, Climax Municipal Elections
NEWS RELEASE – Voters slated to cancelled – June 2021
News Release on March 16 Special Election, Feb. 23, 2021
Notice of Early Scanning for Jan. 5, 2021 Federal and State Runoff Elections
ADVANCED EARLY VOTING
Advanced early voting allows voters the opportunity to vote early. In Decatur County, the advanced early voting location is at the Elections Office located at the Courthouse Annex, 122 W. Water Street.
Advanced voting for the January 31, 2023 Special Election begins on Monday January 9, 2023, and ends on Friday January 27, 2023. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also, during the hours of advanced voting, the county’s only drop box will be open. It is located inside the front door of where voting takes place. A poll worker will monitor the drop box, so if you are bringing someone’s absentee ballot other than yours, please be prepared to sign an affidavit affirming your relationship with that voter. The drop box hours are the same as the advanced voting hours.
Making an application for by mail absentee ballot:
Absentee mail-in voting is another way voters may vote. With absentee mail-in voting, you do not have to have a reason for requesting an absentee mail-in ballot. However, you do have to request a mail-in ballot.
The deadline to submit an application for an absentee ballot for the January 31, 2023 Special Election is Tuesday, January 20, 2023.
Any person applying for an absentee-by-mail ballot shall make application in writing on the form made available by the Georgia Secretary of State. In order to confirm the identity of the voter, such form shall require the elector to provide his or her name, date of birth, address as registered, address where the elector wishes the ballot to be mailed, and the number of his or her Georgia driver’s license or identification card issued by the state. If such elector does not have a Georgia driver’s license or identification card issued pursuant to Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 40, the elector shall affirm this fact in the manner prescribed in the application and the elector shall provide a copy of a form of identification listed in subsection (c) of Code Section 21-2-417.
The application shall also include the identity of the primary, election, or runoff in which the elector wishes to vote; and the name and relationship of the person requesting the ballot if other than the elector; and an oath for the elector or relative to write his or her usual signature with a pen and ink affirming that the elector is a qualified Georgia elector and the facts presented on the application are true. Submitting false information on an application for an absentee ballot shall be a violation of Code Section 21-2-560 and 21-2-571.
No absentee ballot shall be mailed to an address other than the permanent mailing address provided on the elector’s registration record or a temporary out of county or out of municipality address, except in the case of:
A physically disabled elector; or
Electors in custody in a jail or other detention facility in the county or municipality.
An application for an absentee ballot must be submitted to the Elections Office 11 days prior to the day of the election in order for the ballot to be processed.
The most efficient and convenient way to request an absentee ballot is to visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s internet portal: https://securemyabsenteeballot.sos.ga.gov/s/
You may also track your absentee ballot by logging into https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter/
You may still request a paper form if you don’t have access to the internet or you don’t have a Georgia Driver’s License or State ID. Click on Absentee Ballot Application (2021) for a copy of the request form, which must be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Elections Office.
Am I registered to vote?
- My Voter Page allows you to view your voting status. If you have problems finding your information, please call our office at (229) 243-2087.
- Call our office (229) 243-2087 and ask for an application to be mailed to you,
- Visit our office located in the Decatur County Courthouse Annex (122 W. Water Street) and complete an application in person,
- Complete an application at one of our state mandated voter registration sites, such as the local library, Bainbridge State College or Bainbridge High School.
- Register to vote while updating your Driver’s License at the Department of Driver Services location at 101 Airport Road in Bainbridge.
- Go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s online voter registration site:
The Board of Elections and Registration
Decatur County Board of Elections members are, from the left, Chairman Keith Sellars, Vice Chairman Beverly Holmes, Members Dan Provence and Johnny Brown. Board Member Gina Burke is not pictured.
The Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration was created by local legislation on May 17, 2004. It is empowered with all the powers and duties relating to the conduct of primaries and elections as election superintendents, and it is empowered with all the powers and duties relating to the registration of voters and absentee balloting procedures. Two members of the board are appointed by the chairperson of the county executive committee of the Republican Party; two members are appointed by the chairperson of the county executive committee of the Democratic Party; and, the fifth member is appointed by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners.The Board meets the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections and Registration Office’s conference room located at the Courthouse Annex, 122 W. Water St.
CHAIRMAN, KEITH SELLARS
Appointed by the Republican Party, appointment expires December 2022.
VICE CHAIRMAN, BEVERLY W. HOLMES
Appointed by the Democratic Party, appointment expires December 2024.
Appointed by Decatur County Board of Commissioners, appointment expires December 2022.
Appointed by the Republican Party, appointment expires December 2024.
Appointed by the Democratic Party, appointment expires December 2022.
Click here for the minutes of the Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration. For the agenda of a forthcoming Board of Elections and Registration meeting or other news, please check go to the County News page of our website.
1. All eligible voters have the right to vote.
2. All persons are treated fairly and equally.
3. Every vote is accurately, fairly and impartially counted.
4. We ensure a secret ballot for all those voting and respect privacy for all citizens.
5. We strive to increase voter registrations, voter turnout and education of our election process.
6. We are impartial and non-partisan.
7. We serve others and not ourselves.
8. We are stewards of the public’s money and resources.
9. We own our mistakes. We admit to them, learn from them and don’t attempt to hide from them.
10. We all work as a team that respects the hierarchy of our organization, and everyone operates in the open and with transparency.
11. We test and maintain our voting, registration and all other equipment to ensure accurate and correct operations for seamless and pleasant voting and registration experiences. We strive to improve upon those operations and to enhance our knowledge and education to better serve the public.
12. We respectfully remember our American journey, which hasn’t been the same for everyone; and we must remember our history and the journey of our democracy.
DISTRICT BOUNDRY MAPS
Decatur County Precincts- 2022
WHERE DO I GO TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
There are 10 polling locations in Decatur County. On Election Day, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ATTAPULGUS: Attapulgus Community Center, 405 E. Griffin Avenue, Attapulgus, GA 39815
BRINSON: Brinson Municipal Building, 179 Clifton St., Brinson, GA 39825
CLIMAX: Climax Volunteer Fire Department, 402 W. Lee St., Climax, GA 39834
COLISEUM: Decatur County Memorial Coliseum, 600 Wheat Ave., Bainbridge, GA 39819
FAIRGROUNDS: Fairgrounds, Chamber 1, 1211 Vada Road, Bainbridge, GA 39817
KENDRICK: Kendrick Volunteer Fire Department, 2931 Spring Creek Road, Brinson, GA 39825
KIRBO CENTER: Charles H. Kirbo Center, Southern Regional Technical College, 2500 Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39819
MOUNT PLEASANT: Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, 119 Deese Road, Bainbridge, GA 39817
RECOVERY: Recovery Volunteer Fire Department, 164 River Road, Bainbridge, GA 39817
WEST BAINBRIDGE: 1600 Pierce Street, Bainbridge, GA 39817.
PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO VOTE
What can be used as photo ID on Election Day and during Advanced Early Voting?
- A Georgia driver’s license (expired/unexpired)
- Any valid state or federal issued photo ID (includes Georgia Voter ID Card)
- Valid U.S. Passport
- Valid employee photo ID (must be issued by any municipality, county, state or federal branch, department or agency)
- Valid U.S. military photo ID
- Valid tribal photo ID
How can I receive a Georgia Voter ID Card and how much does the ID cost?
- You can obtain a Georgia Voter ID Card by visiting our office (located in the Decatur County Courthouse Annex – 122 W. Water Street) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Georgia Voter ID Card is FREE. Voter ID Cards are only made during election dates and can only be used for voting purposes.
- You can also obtain a Georgia ID Card from the Department of Driver Services office located at 101 Airport Road in Bainbridge.
What do I need to bring in order to receive a FREE Georgia Voter Photo ID?
- Bring either a (photo or approved non-photo) document containing the voter’s full legal name and date of birth,
- Documentation displaying the voter’s date of birth,
- Proof that the person is a registered elector in the county, and
- Documentation showing the voter’s name and current address.
How to Register:
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has ELECTION RESULTS. You can view statewide and by county results. The state does not have municipal election results.
ELECTIONS RESULTS, Official and Complete, June 21, 2022 Runoff
ELECTIONS RESULTS – Official and Complete, May 24, 2022
ELECTION SUMMARY – Final and Complete for Nov. 5, 2021 City of Climax Municipal General Election
ELECTION SUMMARY – Final and Complete Election Summary, March 16, 2021
Audit notice for Nov. 3, 2020 General Election
OFFICIAL AND COMPLETE ELECTION SUMMARY,Nov. 3, 2020
Statement of votes cast for presidential contest
ELECTION SUMMARY, Final and Complete, 5-column Report, June 9, 2020
STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST, Final and Complete, June 9, 2020 General Primary
June 9, 2020, General Primary and PPP
Election Summary Report November 5, 2019
November 6, 2018 ELECTION SUMMARY – General Election
July 24 2018 RUNOFF ELECTION — Official and Complete Results
May 22, 2018 Primary Nonpartisan General Election
November 7, 2017, Special/Municipal General Election
March 21, 2017, ESPLOST Special Called Election Results
November 8, 2016 General Election
November 3, 2015, City of Bainbridge Election Results
November 5, 2013 Bainbridge Municipal Election Results
February 5, 2013, Special Election Runoff – State Senate 11
January 8, 2013, Special Election, State Senate 11