November 27, 2020

Important election information issued by the Voter Registrar’s office (Updated)

This is an open letter to all current and prospective voters of Heard County.

The Registrar’s Office is preparing for the Primary Election on July 31. This is a reminder about very important information concerning this election.

This is a Primary. When you go to the polls to vote you must declare which party ballot you wish: you may choose the Democratic Ballot, the Republican Ballot, or a Non-Partisan Ballot. Only Non-Partisan candidates and the TSPLOST election will be on the Non-Partisan Ballot.

If there is a runoff in August, you must vote the same party ballot in the runoff you voted in the July Primary, unless you vote Non-Partisan. For instance, if you vote a Democratic Ballot in July, you must vote in a Democratic runoff (if there is one) in August if you choose to go to the polls. The same applies to the Republican Ballot. If you choose a Non-Partisan Ballot in July, you may vote in either runoff in August.

If you do not vote in the July Primary, you may still vote in the August Runoff. You will have to declare which party ballot you wish.

The registration deadline is July 2, 2012. You must be registered to vote on or before this date to be eligible to vote in the General Primary on July 31 or the Primary Runoff on August 21. If you have moved or changed your name since you last voted or registered, this is also the deadline for any changes in your name or address.

If you are unsure about your registration status, you can go to the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at and enter the requested information, or you may call the Voter Registration Office.

Advance voting will be Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00 beginning July 9 and lasting until July 27. There will also be Saturday voting July 21 from 9:00 – 4:00. Advance voting will take place in Room #1 of the Heard County Courthouse. Remember that you do not have to have a reason to early vote or vote by absentee ballot.

If you have received an absentee ballot in the past, you may have to reapply for the General Primary. If you are unsure if you will receive a ballot, you may contact the Registration Office.

You may print an absentee ballot application on the “My Voter Page” or obtain a form from the Voter Registration Office located in Room #1 of the Heard County Courthouse.

We wish to reach out to citizens of Heard County who are in the military living stateside or overseas on active duty. If you know of someone who wishes to inquire about registering to vote and/or receiving an absentee ballot, have them contact our office as soon as possible.

We have the capability of sending their ballot to them electronically. The soldier mails the ballot back to the office.

Voters currently on the elector’s list have been sent new precinct cards reminding them of their current precinct. Many voters have not updated their address with the Registrar in several years. Some of these voters were sent a “confirmation notice”.

This notice lets the voter know that we need to update their mailing address because an item of mail sent to their address was returned undeliverable to our office.

Some voters have already responded to the confirmation notice, and we are very thankful. If you receive a confirmation notice in the mail, please fill it out and mail it back. The postage is free.

Thank you,
Charles Tonnie Adams

Chief Registrar

Voter Registration Office Information

  • Office hours for the Voter Registration Office are M – F; 8:30 – 5:00 closed one hour for lunch usually 12:00 – 1:00.

  • Mailing Address: PO Box 427 Franklin, GA 30217

  • Phone: 706-675-3907

  • Fax: 706-675-0819

  • e-mail

  • Contact the Registration Office for any questions regarding the election or voting.


This is a Primary. You must choose one of three different ballots: the Democratic, the Republican, or the Non-Partisan Ballot. The Democratic Ballot has all Democratic candidates, as well as all candidates running in what are called “Non-Partisan” elections: School Board, Probate Judge, Superior Court, Appeals Court, and the TSPLOST question. The Republican Ballot has all Republican candidates, as well as the Non-Partisan candidates. The “Non-Partisan” Ballot has only the “Non-Partisan” candidates. The Non-Partisan ballot is for anyone who wishes to only vote in the School Board, Judge, and TSPLOST Election.

The main point I want to make is, that the School Board and TSPLOST are on ALL of the ballots. I apologize for any confusion on this issue.

Feel free to call the Registration Office if there are any further questions, or if you want an absentee ballot application: 706-675-3907

Registration deadline is July 2. You can print a blank registration application here:

After you print the application, mail it to the Registration Office:

Heard County
Voter Registration
PO Box 427
Franklin, GA 30217

Thank you, Tonnie Adams
Chief Registrar


  1. Tonnie Adams says

    A clarification: School Board Members, Judges and the TSPLOST are on the Democratic, Republican, AND the Non-Partisan ballot.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Tonnie Adams

  2. Randy Bryan says

    Tonnie,,,, I am so glad you are doing that job, I don’t know what to do… Someone and I can guess who made a very good decision.

  3. steve watts says

    where can i see all canidates running, i have looked at sample ballots from both partys and cannot see where russ massa name is on either one can you direct me to the right ballots? thanks

  4. Mart Hyatt says

    What is the deal with the “NEW Voter Registration Precinct Card? My wife was mailed one but I received one. In fact I have never used a vote registration card of any sort. I have used my driver’s license. Will I need the registration card to vote?
    Any answers will be appreciated.

    • Russ Massa says

      I just spoke with Tonnie who said that if you did not get a registration card either A) It was lost in the mail.. B) The address they have for you is no good… or C) Some who registered just before the deadline may have just not have had enough time to be sent out yet. He also sated the card is NOT needed to vote and that you can always check your registration information at

  5. Where can I find a sample ballot? Didn’t see one here here on voter registrar site. Called the lady at Registrar’s office she said it would be on Sec’y of State website but did not find one there either. Thank you.

  6. Mart Hyatt says

    Ok, I found it. Thanks.

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