GEORGIA ELECTION INFORMATION
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Upcoming Elections in Your State
2018 General Election: November 6, 2018
- General Election In-Person Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
- General Election Online, Email and Fax Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
- General Election Mail-In Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked, October 9, 2018
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (polling locations in cities with more than 300,000 people must stay open until 8:00 p.m. only during the cities’ general elections and when there is a special election on the ballot to fill a vacancy in an office in which the district represented by such office lies wholly within the boundaries of such cities).
Early voting: Advance voting allows registered voters to vote early at specified sites from the fourth Monday to the Friday before the election. Voters may go to the Secretary of State’s website to view their advance voting place and hours here: http://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/advancedVotingInfo.do.
Registration Deadlines: You must register by the fifth Monday prior to the General Election. The deadline for the November 6, 2018 General Election was Monday, October 9.
Except for a person who was discharged or separated from their service in the Armed Forces and arrived home too late to register, Georgia does not have same day registration.
How to Check Your Registration: Visit the My Voter page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
In order to register in Georgia you must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- be a resident of Georgia and the county and polling precinct in which you are registering;
- be at least 18 years old on or before election day;
- not be convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or, if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction;
- not be serving a prison term for a criminal conviction; and
- not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court.
There is no duration of residence requirement in Georgia; you may register the first day that you move to the state.
How to Register: Georgia residents may register online, in person, or by mail.
In order to register to vote online, you must have either a Georgia Driver’s License or a Georgia ID Card issued by the Georgia Department of Drivers Services. Applicants can apply to register to vote online at the My Voter page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Applicants must have an updated address with the DMV.
You may register to vote in person at your county registrar’s office. The location can be found at your county’s contact information page or at this website.
You may also register to vote at Georgia public assistance agencies, offices of state funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities, United States armed services recruitment offices located within Georgia and additional state or local government offices in Georgia designated as voter registration offices by the Secretary of State.
The president of each public or private college or university located in the State of Georgia is also authorized to register to vote all qualified students, staff, and faculty at the college or university. For students domiciled in the State of Georgia, the college or university president or designee of the president shall be a deputy registrar on behalf of all boards of registration in the State of Georgia for the purpose of taking applications for voter registration for these students. For staff and faculty domiciled in the county in which the college or university is located, each college or university president or designee of the president shall be a deputy registrar of the county in which the college or university is located for the purpose of taking applications for voter registration for those faculty and staff members.
In order to register by mail, you must obtain a registration form by:
- Downloading a mail-in form from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Website. Mail-in applications must be postmarked by the deadline.
- Sending the form to your county registrar’s office at the mailing address found on your county’s contact information page.
Identification Required for Registration: If you are registering by mail for the first time, you must attach to your registration form a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address in this county. If you do not provide this information with your form, you must provide it when you vote.
If You Want to Vote Early
You can find the locations and times of early voting polling places at the advance voting page.
If You Want to Vote Absentee
Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote by mail or in-person on or before Election Day.
A voter (or an adult family member acting on their behalf, in certain circumstances) may request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter by mail. Any registered Georgia voter can request a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstances are necessary. An absentee ballot application can be obtained on the Secretary of State’s website (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia), or at county registrars’ offices. A completed absentee ballot request can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or delivered to the county board of registrars in person beginning 180 days prior to an election up until the Friday before the election.
By law, Georgia requires that the ballot be mailed or returned by the voter in person, unless the voter is physically disabled. Voted ballots must be returned to the county board of elections by Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (close of polls).
If the voter registered by mail, did not supply acceptable ID with their registration form and is voting for the first time as an absentee voter, they must include a copy of one of the acceptable forms of photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector or the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot. Please note that voters who are in “pending” status because their voter registration information did not exactly match information about the voter maintained by the Social Security Administration or the Georgia Department of Drivers Services will be required to submit one of the forms of acceptable photo ID to obtain an absentee ballot if they have not previously cured the “exact match” issue with the county registrar’s office. If the voter is in “pending” status due to a citizenship verification issue, the voter will be required to include one of the forms of acceptable proof of citizenship when voting by absentee ballot the first time. Please see the Information for Pending Voters on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website for additional information here: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/general/information_for_pending_voters Please note that the broader categories of non-photo ID (utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document) may not be sufficient to obtain an absentee ballot if the voter is in “pending” status.
Advance voting allows registered voters to vote early at specified sites from the fourth Monday to the Friday before the election. Voters may go to the Secretary of State’s website to view their advance voting place and hours here: http://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/advancedVotingInfo.do.
· An application for an absentee ballot must be received by the voter’s county board of elections no later than 5:00 p.m. four days before the election. The last day an absentee ballot can be issued or mailed to a voter for the November 6, 2018 general election is on November 2, 2018. Special rules apply for emergency absentee ballots if the voter is hospitalized on election day or within five days of an election.
· The voter must return the ballot to the county voter registration office so that it is received by no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
Georgia requires Photo ID in order to vote.
Acceptable forms of ID are:
· A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by the voter’s county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
· Valid U.S. passport;
· valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of the state of Georgia (including IDs from Georgia public colleges, universities and technical colleges, but not from private colleges, universities or other private schools);
· Valid U.S. military photo ID;
· And valid tribal photo ID.
A voter without identification may vote a provisional ballot which shall be counted only if the registrars are able to verify current and valid identification of the elector.
On Election Day, voters who are in “pending status” because their voter registration information failed to match DDS or SSA records, other than for citizenship, are allowed to show acceptable forms of photo ID for voting to poll workers to complete the application process and vote a regular ballot. Voters in “pending status” because of a citizenship verification issue, will be required to produce an acceptable form of proof of citizenship and an acceptable photo ID to cast a regular ballot. Please see the Information for Pending Voters on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website for more information: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/general/information_for_pending_voters
If a registered voter has moved within the same county prior to the election, they have the right to vote at the polling place of their old residence and update their voter registration information at that time. If they have moved to a precinct in a different county more than thirty days prior to an election, they must register to vote in their new county by the close of registration for the election. If they moved to the new county after the close of registration for the election in which they wish to vote (i.e. after the fifth Monday before the election) the voter may vote one last time at the polling location for their prior residence.
Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!
Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Overseas and military voters (and their dependents) may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The voter can get step-by-step assistance and forms at the Georgia page of the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
Receiving an Absentee Ballot
UOCAVA voters may request an absentee ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application. This application can be filled out online at the Georgia page of the Federal Voting Assistance Program website or an application can be downloaded from the website and brought to the voter’s local election office.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. To request a FWAB, complete the form online at the Georgia page of the Federal Voting Assistance Program website or a form can be downloaded from the website and brought to the voter’s local election office.
If You Have a Felony Conviction
A citizen cannot vote in Georgia if they been convicted of a felony of moral turpitude until they have completed their entire sentence, including probation and parole, after which the voter may re-register and vote a regular ballot.