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Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
Official website provides information on the mayor, the commission, ACC departments, the courts, budget documents, election results and more.

ACC from A to Z :: A Guide to Athens-Clarke County Services
A guide providing descriptions and contact information for government and community services covering everything from Absentee Ballots to the Zoo.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Athens-Clarke County government offices, services, and policies.

Information about ACC's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program.

Clarke County Board of Tax Assessors
Responsible for determining market value, taxability, and equalization of all property values within Clarke County. Provides online access to property records with information about ownership history and real estate values.

ACC Code of Ordinances
A searchable online version of the code of ordinances plus recent updates.

Staying on the Right Side of the Law
A handy flyer summarizing some local ordinances that you should know while visiting or living in the Athens community.

City of Winterville
An incorporated municipality located within Athens-Clarke County.


Juvenile Court
The mission of the ACC Juvenile Court is to protect the well-being of the children under the court's jurisdiction, providing guidance and control as necessary, while balancing the needs and best interests of the community.

Magistrate Court
The mission of the Magistrate Court is to deliver justice to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County by ruling on disputed claims or approving mutual settlements in civil cases as well as serving as the court of entry into the criminal justice system.

Municipal Court
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all County ordinance violations; over all State misdemeanor traffic violations, including DUI; and over State misdemeanor crimes of Theft by Shoplifting, Possession of Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana, and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

Probate Court
The Probate Court handles matters such as guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults, cases involving estates & mental health evaluations and/or treatment, and applications for marriage and firearms licenses.

Superior and State Courts
The Superior and State Courts handle arraignments, civil trials, and criminal trials.

United States District Court - Athens
The Athens division serves Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

elections and voting

ACC Board of Elections
Election results (including detailed results by precinct), candidate information, voter registration information, a list of polling locations, maps of commission districts and voting precincts, and additional resources.

Georgia Election Results
Statewide, county-by-county, and precinct vote totals for federal and statewide offices, 1988-present.

Election Central
Coverage of candidates and elections from the Athens Banner Herald.

League of Women Voters of Georgia
A nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Conducts voter services and citizen education.

Georgia Voter Registration Statistics
Data on voter registration broken down by race and gender and age for Georgia congressional districts, counties, municipalities, and precincts.

politics and activism

Clarke County Democrats
The official Democratic Party Committee of Clarke County.

Athens GOP
The official website of the Athens-Clarke County Republican Party.

Athens for Everyone
A non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of Athens through community organizing, participating in political campaigns, and lobbying public officials. Campaigns include reducing the county's poverty rate, advocating for accessible and affordable public transportation, and sexual assault prevention.

planning agencies

ACC Planning Department
The mission of the Planning Department is to manage community change effectively with regard to land use, transportation, historic preservation and overall development to achieve a positive environment that is productive and beneficial to all citizens of Athens-Clarke County.

ACC Planning Commission
A ten-member body composed of ACC residents appointed by the Mayor and Commission to deliberate and make recommendations regarding Planned Development requests, Special Use requests, Rezoning requests, the Planning & Zoning code, the Comprehensive Plan and other planning and development-related matters.

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
NEGRC serves 12 counties in the Northeast Georgia region for regional issues concerning local government such as economic development, grant preparation and administration, job training, planning, and aging services.

MACORTS: Madison Athens Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study
MACORTS is responsible for the comprehensive transportation planning process. Includes all of Athens-Clarke County, the northern half of Oconee County, and the southern portion of Madison County.

Georgia House of Representatives

Representative Regina Quick (117th District)

Representative Spencer Frye (118th District)

Representative Chuck Williams (119th District)

Georgia Senate

Senator Bill Cowsert (46th District)

Senator Frank Ginn (47th District)


Governor Nathan Deal

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Doug Collins (9th District)

Representative Jody Hice (10th District)

U.S. Senate

Senator Johnny Isakson

Senator David Perdue