ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The stage has been set for the 2022 November elections in Georgia.

Georgia is once again projected to be one of the states to watch this election season.

Here is everything you need to know:


Key election dates:
  • October 10: Earliest day to register to vote by absentee ballot for the November election.
  • October 11: Last day to register to vote in the November election.
  • October 17: Early voting for the November election begins.
  • October 22: Mandatory Saturday voting for the November election.
  • October 23: Optional Sunday voting for the November election.
  • October 28: Last day to submit an absentee ballot.
  • October 29: Mandatory Saturday voting for November election.
  • October 30: Optional Sunday voting for November election.
  • November 2: Election Day
  • November 7: Last day to register to vote for the runoff election for federal races
Need to see a ballot before you vote?

Before you cast your vote, you can see what your ballot will look like beforehand.

How to find your sample ballot

Need to find a sample ballot ahead of the runoff election? Follow these steps:

  • First, go to mvp.sos.ga.gov
  • Here’s how you login: First initial, last name, the name of the county you're registered to vote in, date of birth
  • Then, simply scroll past your address information and find "View Sample Ballot"

Who is on the ballot?

Georgia Governor’s Race

There are several races Georgia voters will be deciding on in November.

One of the biggest races is the race for the Georgia governor’s mansion. Voters will get an overwhelming sense of deja vu when they step into the voting booth. On the ballot is a rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams. In a close race in 2018, Abrams lost to Kemp.

Kemp is seeking reelection and Abrams is seeking to unseat him.

Race For Georgia Governor:Brian Kemp
Race For Georgia Governor

The 2022 Georgia governor election will be déjà vu for Peach State voters when they go to cast their vote. It will be a rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams. In 2018, Abrams lost to Kemp, who was the Peach State's secretary of state at the time.

Brian Kemp

Here is Kemp's platform for reelection:

Open for business: Kemp wants to make Georgia the No. 1 state to do business in. Keeping the Peach State open and pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic was a key issue for Kemp during his first term as governor.

"Taking a chainshaw" to government regulations is also on the governor's agenda if reelected.

Every Georgian having the same opportunties is key from Kemp. He says those living in rural Georgia should have the same opportunties as those in the metro areas of Georgia.

Putting Georgians first is one of the biggest points of his reelection platform.

Race For Georgia Governor: Stacey Abrams
Race For Georgia Governor

The 2022 Georgia governor election will be déjà vu for Peach State voters when they go to cast their vote. It will be a rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams. In 2018, Abrams lost to Kemp, who was the Peach State's secretary of state at the time.

Brian Kemp

Here is Abrams' campaign platform:

Voting rights is one of Abrams' biggest platforms. She says every single Georgian should have the ability to be able to register to vote, cast a ballot and have that ballot properly recorded.

Health care is another important plaform point for Abrams. She says all Georgians deserve access to quailty, affordable health care.

Taking enviornmental action is also part of Abrams' platform. Her plan would aim to generate job growth through advanced energy generation, innovative technology and efficiency efforts.

Public safety and criminal justice reform are also key platform points. Abrams says the state must tackle public safety and address violence and reform criminal justice to have a state where all residents thrive.

U.S. Senate Race

The U.S. Senate race for Georgia will be another highly-watched race.

Raphael Warnock is looking to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. Herschel Walker is running against him.

Race For U.S. Senate: Raphael Warnock
Race For U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate race in Georgia will be another hotly contested race. Raphael Warnock, an Atlanta pastor, is fending off a challenge against Herschel Walker, a UGA football legend.

Raphael Warnock

Here is Warnock's reelection platform:

Voting rights is one of Warnock's biggest platforms. He says a Georgian's vote is their voice and the ability to use that voice is a matter of human dignity. While in office, he has introudced the Preventing Election Subversion Act, which would fight voter suppression efforts.

Better health care access like Medicaid expansion has been a core focus of Warnock's platform. Lowering costs for medicine, like insulin, has also been a key focus for the sitting senator.

Action towards climate change, Warnock says, is guided by "his faith and his understanding that the Earth is the Lord’s.” While in the Senate, he has introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, which would boost solar manufacturing and move to cleaner energy.

Reproductive rights have become a key issue for many ahead of November, including Warnock. A self-dubbed "pro-choice pastor," Warnock says he believes health care is a human right, and health care decisions should be between a patient and doctor.

Race For U.S. SenateL Herschel Walker
Race For U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate race in Georgia will be another hotly contested race. Raphael Warnock, an Atlanta pastor, is fending off a challenge against Herschel Walker, a UGA football legend.

Herschel Walker

Here is Walker's platform for election:

Putting Georgia and Georgians first is one of Walker's key issues for his campaign. If he elected to the Senate, Walker says he will fight every day for policies that will keep Georgia "leading the way with job creation, lower taxes and less government red tape."

Making America energy independent is another key issue for Walker's campaign. Walker wants to fight to make America energy independent to be able to lower gas prices, bring more American jobs and to have stronger national security.

Standing for conservative family values is key from Walker. He says strong families are the bedrock for the United States. Walker says he is a "compassionate conservative who is pro-life and pro-family."

Support for small businesses and American workers is another key issue for Walker, and he says he knows firsthand the struggles of owning a business. If elected, he plans to fight for lower taxes, fewer government regulations and more free-market capitalism.

Here is a list of other races on the ballot:

U.S. House of Representatives, District 2

  • Longtime Congressman Sanford Bishop, who is a Democrat, is facing off against Republican Challenger Chris West. District 2 represents most of Southwest Georgia and portions of Central Georgia, including Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Columbus and Macon.

Lt. Governor

  • Democrat Chalie Bailey will face off against Republican Burt Jones. Ryan Graham is the Libertarian candidate.

Secretary of State

  • Current Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, will face off against Democratic Challenger Bee Nguyen. Ted Metz is the Libertarian candidate and Brenda Nelson-Porter is a nonpartisan write-in candidate.

Attorney General

  • Incumbent Republican Chriss Carr will face off against Democrat Jen Jordan. Martin Cowen is the Libertarian candidate.

State Superintendent

  • Incumbent Republican Richard Woods is facing off against Democrat Alisha Searcy.

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Democrat Nakita Hemingway will face off against Republican Tyler Harper. David Raudabaugh is the Libertarian candidate.

Labor Commissioner

  • William Boddie, a Democrat, is facing off against Republican Bruce Thompson. Emily Anderson is the Libertarian Party candidate.

Insurance Commissioner

  • Incumbent John King, a Republican, is facing off against Democratic Challenger Janice Laws Robinson.

WALB News 10 is working to compile a list of municipal elections across Southwest Georgia.

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