2020 Georgia Code
Title 21 - Elections
Chapter 2 - Elections and Primaries Generally
Article 2 - Supervisory Boards and Officers
Part 3 - Superintendents
§ 21-2-72. Primary and Election Records to Be Open to Public

Universal Citation: GA Code § 21-2-72 (2020)

Except when otherwise provided by law or court order, the primary and election records of each superintendent, registrar, municipal governing authority, and committee of a political party or body, including registration statements, nomination petitions, affidavits, certificates, tally papers, returns, accounts, contracts, reports, and other documents in official custody, except the contents of voting machines, shall be open to public inspection and may be inspected and copied by any elector of the county or municipality during usual business hours at any time when they are not necessarily being used by the custodian or his or her employees having duties to perform in reference thereto; provided, however, that such public inspection shall only be in the presence of the custodian or his or her employee and shall be subject to proper regulation for the safekeeping of such documents and subject to the further provisions of this chapter. The custodian shall also, upon request, if photocopying equipment is available in the building in which the records are housed, make and furnish to any member of the public copies of any of such records upon payment of the actual cost of copying the records requested.

(Code 1933, § 34-403, enacted by Ga. L. 1964, Ex. Sess., p. 26, § 1; Ga. L. 1970, p. 347, § 6; Ga. L. 1982, p. 437, §§ 1, 2; Ga. L. 1998, p. 295, § 1; Ga. L. 2005, p. 253, § 7/HB 244.)

Cross references.

- Penalty for willful refusal by superintendent to permit public inspection of election records, § 21-2-585.

Opening of public records for inspection by public generally, § 50-18-70 et seq.


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 20 Am. Jur. 2d, Courts, § 22 et seq. 26 Am. Jur. 2d, Elections, § 271 et seq.


- 29 C.J.S., Elections, §§ 113 et seq., 444 et seq.

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