Early and advance voting starts October 17 for the November 4 election. You can check your voter registration status (and register to vote) online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.

You also can see who donated money to candidates’ campaigns and how candidates say they spent that money at a few different places:

Federal Candidates

Federal Elections Commission

State/County/Local Candidates

(you may need to go directly to cities for some of those records)

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission

County Candidates

Clayton County Elections and Registration Easy File Campaign Finance Portal

Here’s a look at the sample ballot (as published by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Elections Office) for Clayton County in the November 4, 2022 General and Special Elections. Should there be any corrections, we will update that information here:

Here are your choices for the different offices at federal, state, and county level, as well as ballot questions. Not all municipalities place their elections on the county ballot, so double-check with your local government for specifics.


(I) indicates the incumbent or current candidate in office.

“Write-in” doesn’t mean “write in anybody you feel like.” Those votes won’t be counted. It means that, should a candidate qualify too late to have their name printed on the ballot, and you want to vote for that candidate, then you need to write that person’s name in that space and fill in the bubble next to “Write-In.” We have added the names of qualified write-in candidates under the races that appear on the Clayton County ballot. See O.C.G.A. 21-2-494 for details.

United States Senate

  • Herschel Junior Walker (Republican)
  • Raphael Warnock (I) (Democrat)
  • Chase Oliver (Libertarian)


  • Brain Kemp (I) (Republican)
  • Stacey Abrams (Democrat)
  • Shane Hazel (Libertarian)
  • Milton J. Lofton (Write-In)
  • David C. Byrne (Write-In)

Lt. Governor

  • Burt Jones (Republican)
  • Charlie Bailey (Democrat)
  • Ryan Graham (Libertarian)

Secretary of State

  • Brad Raffensperger (I) (Republican)
  • Bee Nguyen (Democrat)
  • Ted Metz (Libertarian)
  • Brenda Lynn Nelson-Porter (Write-In)

Attorney General

  • Chris Carr (I) (Republican)
  • Jennifer “Jen” Jordan (Democrat)
  • Martin Cowen (Libertarian)

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Tyler Harper (Republican)
  • Nakita Hemingway (Democrat)
  • David Raudabaugh (Libertarian)

Insurance Commissioner

  • John King (I) (Republican)
  • Janice Laws Robinson (Democrat)

State School Superintendent

  • Richard Woods (I) (Republican)
  • Alisha Thomas Searcy (Democrat)

Labor Commissioner

  • Bruce Thompson (Republican)
  • William “Will” Boddie (Democrat)
  • Emily Anderson (Libertarian)

U.S. House of Representatives – District 5

  • Christian Zimm (Republican)
  • Nikema Williams (I) (Democrat)

U.S. House of Representatives – District 13

  • Caesar Gonzales (Republican)
  • David Scott (I) (Democrat)

State Senate – District 34

  • Thomas “Tommy” Smith (Republican)
  • Valencia M. Seay (I) (Democrat)

State Senate – District 44

  • Gail Davenport (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 75

  • Della Ashley (Republican)
  • Mike Glanton (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 76

  • Sandra Givens Scott (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 77

  • Rhonda Burnough (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 78

  • Demetrius Douglas (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 79

  • Yasmin Neal (I) (Democrat)

State House of Representatives – District 116

  • Bruce Bennington (Republican)
  • El-Mahdi Holly (I) (Democrat)

County Commission – District 1

  • Alieka Anderson (I) (Democrat)

County Commission – District 4

  • DeMont Davis (I) (Democrat)

County Board of Education – District 1

  • Jasmine Bowles (I) (Democrat)

County Board of Education – District 4

  • Victoria Williams (I) (Democrat)

County Board of Education – District 8

  • Joy Tellis Cooper (I) (Democrat)

County Board of Education – District 9

  • Benjamin A. Straker, Sr. (I) (Democrat)

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

  • Barbara Gibbs-Hodge (I)

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1: Provides for suspension of compensation of certain State officers and members of the General Assembly

Senate Resolution N0. 134
Resolution Act No. 304

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to suspend the compensation of the Governor Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, or any member of the General Assembly while such individual is suspended from office following indictment for a felony?”

Amendment 2: Provides for temporary local tax relief after disasters

House Resolution No. 594
Resolution Act No. 803

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the governing authority of each county, municipality, and consolidated government and the board of education of each independent and county school system in this state shall be authorized to grant temporary tax relief to properties within its jurisdiction which are severely damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster and located within a nationally declared disaster area?”

Statewide Referendum Questions

Question A: Provides for ad valorem tax exemption for certain timber production, reforestation, and harvesting equipment

House Bill No. 997
Act No. 859

“Shall the Act be approved which grants a state-wide exemption from all ad valorem taxes for certain equipment used by timber producers in the production or harvest of timber?”

Question B: Expands ad valorem tax exemption for family-owned farms and adds qualified products to the exemption

House Bill No. 498
Act No. 260

“Shall the Act be approved which expands a state-wide exemption from ad valorem taxes for agricultural equipment and certain farm products held by certain entities to include entities comprising two or more family owned farm entities, and which adds dairy products and unfertilized eggs of poultry as qualified farm products with respect to such exemption?”

Special Election: City of Morrow Special Referendum

“Shall the Act be approved that provides for an amendment to the $60,000.00 homestead exemption from the City of Morrow ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes so as to increase the exemption to $80,000.00?”

If you have questions about the ballot, registering to vote, casting your ballot, or the election, visit claytonelections.com or call (770) 477-3372.

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