Emory employs over 30,000 faculty and staff members across its enterprise. As one of the largest employers in metro Atlanta, the university and healthcare system play a vital role in the community. And that’s not to mention the thousands of Emory graduate and professional students who call Atlanta home. One way Emory aims to support community and encourage active citizenship is by providing resources and policies to make voting easier. Below we outline steps to take and an overview of the voting process.

The first step a staff or faculty member should take is to check their voter registration status and register or update information as needed. All members of the Emory community haves access to TurboVote – an online platform designed to make registering to vote and remember dates much easier. If you haven’t already registered, check out this link and sign up today. We’ve created a tutorial to walk Emory community members through using TurboVote.

TurboVote not only helps you register to vote, it also sends out reminders about dates, assists with absentee ballot requests, provides details on polling locations, and offers a help desk staffed by real people. Important: TurboVote does not register you to vote. It assists with the process.

The next step is to make a plan on when and how to vote. Georgia voters have three options for the upcoming election: voting by mail, voting early in person, and voting on Election Day. Before you cast your ballot, make sure you’ve done your research to know what’s on your ballot. Georgia voters can utilize their My Voter Page to view a sample ballot to learn all candidates and seats for which you can cast a vote. The presidential race is one of many federal and local seats on the ballot this November.


The university has updated its policy on voting. Per the new Voting Policy (Policy 4.89) Emory employees are allowed to take up to 4 hours (an increase from 2 hours) of paid time to vote. These hours may be used for early voting or on Election Day. Any employee intending to use this paid time should inform their manager ahead of time.

Absentee voting requires planning ahead to ensure you have enough time to return your ballot. The Emory Votes Initiative strongly endorses this method due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia residents with state driver's licenses may now request absentee ballots through the state’s ballot request website. All other eligible Georgia voters will need to submit absentee ballot request forms by paper. More information can be found on the EVI website. The request must be received by Friday, October 30, 2020 at the very latest. Faculty and staff planning to vote in another state should consult TurboVote to find out the applicable deadlines.

Getting to the polls early is another way to avoid large crowds while exercising your rights. Voters have more flexibility with dates and can choose a time that works best for them. Early voting begins in Georgia on October 12 and runs through October 30. It’s important to note that your assigned polling place may not be the same for early voting. Generally, there are fewer polling places during this period. To find out your options, head over to the Georgia My Voter Page. Remember: Emory has expanded its voting policy to allow employees the opportunity to vote early.

The national Election Day is scheduled for November 3. Lines are expected to be long so it’s important to make a plan before you go. Double-check your registration status and polling place for any last-minute changes, pack your best mask, any required photo ID, comfortable clothes and shoes, and possible snacks or water, and head out to participate safely and patiently in our democracy’s most sacred ritual of civic engagement.

  • National Voter Registration Day – Tuesday, September 22
  • Georgia Voter Registration Deadline – Monday, October 5
    • Other states’ information can be found here
  • Absentee Ballot Request Form Deadline – must be received by October 30 at the latest
  • Early Voting Begins – October 12 (exact dates vary by county)
  • National Vote Early Day – Saturday October, 24
  • Election Day – Tuesday, November 3
  • Georgia Run-Off Elections
    • Local/state races – Tuesday, December 1
    • Congressional/Senate races – Tuesday, January 5

Census 2020

No matter where you live in the US, it is vital that you are counted in the 2020 census. If you haven’t already filled it out, head over to my2020census.gov to make sure you and your loved ones are counted. Read more in the Census FAQs here

Become a Poll Worker or Poll Watcher

While they sound similar, poll workers and poll watchers play distinct but crucial roles in elections. Poll workers power the polls by staffing the locations. They oversee the logistics of each polling place. Poll watchers ensure the democratic process is conducted with integrity. These nonpartisan monitors play a pivotal role in ensuring the process is fair for voters. More information on both opportunities can be found here.

EVI Voter Resources

There’s a ton of information available on voting, and digesting it all can be overwhelming. EVI has created a short guide with the most crucial resources all compiled on one document. It’s intended to cut through the noise and provide the information you need to know in one place. Check it out here.