Elections & Registration
Our Mission Statement
To provide the citizens of Effingham County accurate, fair, and honest elections; to assist all citizens in the elections and registration process, while ensuring those who wish to participate in the democratic process are properly registered and understand the process to follow to cast their vote.
Notice of Logic and Accuracy Testing
In accordance with O.C.G.A §21-2-374, notice is hereby given that the logic and accuracy testing of the voting equipment to be used for Absentee and Advanced Voting and Election Day for the Special/Municipal Election to be held on November 2, 2021, will be conducted by the Board of Elections and Registration Office located at 284 Highway 119 South, Springfield, GA. The testing will begin on September 16 at 9:00 am and will continue until completed. This testing is open to the public.
CALL FOR SPECIAL ELECTION-BOARD OF EDUCATION
Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-540, a special election shall be held in Effingham County to fulfill the unexpired term in the office of the Board of Education, District 2, caused by the resignation of Troy Alford. The special election will be held on November 2, 2021.
Qualifying for the special election shall be held at the Board of Elections and Registration Office at 284 GA Highway 119 S., Springfield. Beginning at 9:00 am on August 17 and ending at 4:30 pm on August 19. The qualifying fee shall be $132.00.
Only voters registered within District 2 are eligible to vote in this Special Election. All persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to register to vote in the special election may register to vote through the close of business on October 4th. Early voting will be held October 12-29 at the Board of Elections Office from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Saturday voting will be held on October 16 and 23 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Election Day.
Should a runoff election be required, such runoff will be held on November 30.
If you have any questions you can contact our office at 912-754-8030 or visit our website at www.effinghamcounty.org. You can also check/update the status of your voter registration and view other voting information at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION & SPECIAL ELECTION-CITY OF GUYTON
Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with OCGA 21-2-540, that the City of Guyton's General/Special Election to be held on November 2, 2021 and will be conducted by the Effingham County Board of Elections & Registration. Per City of Guyton, Resolution Number 2021-04, notice is hereby given that the City wishes to initiate a voter referendum on the question of whether the issuance of licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits shall be permitted or prohibited.
Offices up for Qualifying: (Please contact the Guyton City Hall for Qualifying Information)
(2) City Council Seats
Only the qualified Voters of the City of Guyton are eligible to vote in this election, to be held on November 2, 2021, to be held in conjunction with the City of Guyton’s General Municipal Election.
YES or NO “Shall the issuance of licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits be approved?”
Those desiring to vote in favor of the issuance of the licenses shall vote “Yes”. Those desiring to vote against the issuance of the licenses shall vote “No”.
Early voting will be held October 12-29 at the Board of Elections Office from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Saturday voting will be held on October 16 and 23 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Election Day. City of Guyton voters will go to their regular County Election Day Polling Location to vote, not the Guyton Leisure Center.
Should a runoff election be required, such runoff will be held on November 30.
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL ELECTION TO PROVIDE A REFERENDUM TO BE HELD ON_NOVEMBER 2, 2021 ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF EFFINGHAM COUNTY TO ADD TO ITS EXISTING FREEPORT EXEMPTIONS THE GRANT OF A FREEPORT EXEMPTION TO THE ADVALOREM TAXATION FOR A “FULFILLMENT CENTER” WITHIN EFFINGHAM COUNTY AS DEFINED IN O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48.2.
Notice is hereby given pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48.2, and other applicable laws, of the calling of the referendum on November 2, 2021 for the purpose of submitting to the electors of Effingham County the following question:
For the purpose of attracting new jobs and investments, shall Effingham County add to its existing Freeport exemptions the grant of an “e-commerce” Freeport exemption to the ad valorem taxation of the following: stock in trade of a fulfillment center which, on January 1, are stored in a fulfillment center and which are made available to remote purchasers who may make such purchases by electronic, Internet, telephonic, or other remote means, and where such stock in trade of a fulfillment center will be shipped from the fulfillment center and delivered to the purchaser at a location other than the location of the fulfillment center, as permitted by O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48.2
( ) YES
( ) NO
Said election will be held on November 2, 2021, and polls for voting will be open from 7:00 a.m until 7 p.m. on that date. All persons desiring to vote for the approval of the question shall vote “Yes,” and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the question shall vote “No.”
Citizens who are not registered to vote may register in the Effingham County Registrar’s office located at 284 Ga Highway 119 S, Springfield, GA 31329, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The deadline for registering to vote in this election is 5 p.m. on October 4, 2021.
NOTICE OF ELECTION
TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GEORGIA
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the 2nd day of November, 2021, an election will be held at the regular polling places in all the election districts of Effingham County, Georgia (“the County”), at which time there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the County for their determination the question of whether a one percent county special purpose local option sales and use tax (the “SPLOST”) shall be reimposed on all sales and uses in the special district created in the County for a period of six years for the raising of approximately $80,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding capital outlay projects (“the Projects”) specified in the form of the ballot set forth below.
If reimposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of the County secured by the SPLOST in the maximum aggregate principal amount not to exceed $16,000,000.00 (“the Debt”). The proceeds of the Debt, if issued, shall be used to pay the costs of one or more of the Projects and the costs of issuing the Debt. The Debt shall bear interest from the first day of the month during which the Debt is issued or from such other date as may be designated by the County prior to the issuance of the Debt, at a rate or rates to be determined in a supplemental resolution or resolutions to be adopted by the County prior to the issuance of the Debt. The maximum interest rate or rates which such Debt is to bear is five percent (5%) per annum. The amount of principal to be paid in each year during the life of the Debt (maximum amounts that assume the full $16,000,000.00 is issued) shall be as set forth below:
Year Principal Amount
The Debt may be issued in one or more separate issuances or series. Proceeds of the SPLOST will be used first for the payment of the Debt, if issued, and the portion of the proceeds of the SPLOST not used for the payment of the Debt will be used to pay the costs of Projects not funded with the Debt.
The proceeds of the Debt shall be deposited by the County in separate funds or accounts as specified by separate resolution of the Board of Commissioners. The County waives the performance audit or performance review requirement provided in O.C.G.A. Sec. 36-82-100 and no performance audit or performance review in respect to the Debt, as such terms are defined in O.C.G.A. Sec. 36-82-100, other than fulfillment of the requirements of O.C.G.A. Sec. 48-8-121.
Any brochures, listings, or other advertisements heretofore or hereafter issued by the Board of Commissioners or by any other person, firm, corporation, or association with the knowledge and consent of the Board of Commissioners shall be deemed to be a statement of intention of the Board of Commissioners concerning the use of the proceeds of the Debt, and such statement of intention shall be binding upon the Board of Commissioners with respect to the expenditure of the proceeds of such Debt or interest received from the investment of the proceeds of such Debt to the extent provided in Section 36-82-1(d) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.
Voters desiring to vote for the reimposition of the SPLOST shall do so by voting “YES” and voters desiring to vote against the reimposition of the SPLOST shall do so by voting “NO”, as to the question propounded as follows:
“ ( ) YES
( ) NO
1% SPLOST ELECTION
Shall a special one percent sales and use tax be reimposed in the special district of Effingham County for a period of time not to exceed six years and for the raising of an estimated amount of $80,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding (1) public buildings capital outlay projects, recreation capital outlay projects, roads, streets, and bridges capital outlay projects, vehicles and equipment capital outlay projects, drainage capital outlay projects, technology capital outlay projects and water and sewer capital outlay projects for Effingham County; (2) water and sewer capital outlay projects, streets and lanes capital outlay projects, public safety capital outlay projects and public safety vehicles, and recreation capital outlay projects for the City of Guyton; (3) water and sewer capital outlay projects, fire capital outlay projects, police capital outlay projects, streets and drainage capital outlay projects, recreation capital outlay projects, and public buildings capital outlay projects for the City of Rincon; and (4) water and sewer capital outlay projects, parks and recreation capital outlay projects, public safety capital outlay projects, streets and drainage capital outlay projects and city buildings capital outlay projects for the City of Springfield?
If reimposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Effingham County, Georgia in the principal amount of $16,000,000.00 for the purposes of funding all or a portion of any of the County-Wide Projects.”
The several places for holding said election shall be at the regular and established voting precincts of Effingham County, and the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 2, 2021, the date fixed for the election. Those qualified to vote at the election shall be determined in all respects in accordance and in conformity with the Constitution and statutes of the United States of America and of the State of Georgia.
The last day to register to vote in this election is October 4, 2021.
Those residents of Effingham County qualified to vote at said election shall be determined in all respects in accordance with the election laws of the State of Georgia.