Georgia

Upcoming Elections

May. 17, 2021 – Voter Registration Deadline

For more information, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Last updated: December 2020

Voting In Georgia

When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in line at 7:00 pm, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

Polls are open until 8:00 p.m. for municipal general and special elections in cities with more than 300,000 people. Currently, the City of Atlanta is the only city in Georgia with more than 300,000 people.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the My Voter tool on the Secretary of State’s website here.  This tool should provide the voter’s Election Day polling location in most instances.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be last-minute closures or relocations of polling locations.  If there is any question about whether a polling location has been changed, contact your county registrar to confirm your polling location.

 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN 2021 REGARDING ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOXES:

As a result of legislation enacted in 2021, absentee ballot drop boxes are only permitted to be inside early voting locations during early voting days and times.  Absentee ballot drop boxes will now be unavailable on Election Day .

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN 2021 REGARDING OUT-OF-PRECINCT VOTING:

As a result of new legislation in 2021, Georgia voters who arrive at an incorrect polling location before 5 p.m. on Election Day will be unable to cast a ballot that will count as a vote.  Prior to 5 p.m. on Election Day, all voters must report to their assigned polling location to cast their ballots or their ballots will not count as votes. 

If a voter goes to an incorrect polling location in the county where they are registered to vote after 5 p.m. on Election Day and is unable to get to their assigned polling place before the close of the polls, they will be required to sign a sworn statement that they are unable to get to their assigned polling location before the close of the polls in order to be able to cast a ballot that will count as a vote.

If a voter who arrives at an incorrect polling location after 5 p.m. on Election Day and is able to go to their correct polling location to vote before the close of the polls, the voter must go to their assigned polling place to vote in order for their ballot to count as a vote.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: You must register by the 5th Monday prior to the date of the relevant election. The voter registration deadline for the June 15, 2021 Special Elections was May 17, 2021. Voter registration is now closed for the June 15th special elections.

Georgia does not have same day registration.

How to Check Your Registration: Visit the My Voter tool on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website here or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility:

In order to register in Georgia you must:

  • be a resident of Georgia, this county, and this polling precinct;
  • be at least 18 years old on or before election day;
  • not be convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or, if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation, parole, and discharged any applicable fines. It is important to note that not all legal debt is a fine and that some fines may be cancelled upon the completion of the sentence. Once the citizen has completed their sentence and paid required fines, or has received a pardon for the conviction, they are eligible to register or re-register and vote a regular ballot; 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/fax/email.

Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have either a Georgia Driver’s License or a DMV ID. Applicants can apply to register on the registration page of the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Applicants must have an updated address with the DMV. 

In Person

You may register to vote in person at your county registrar’s office whose location can be found at your county’s contact information page.

By Mail/Fax/Email

In order to register by mail, fax, or email, 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 elections office at the email address, fax number, or mailing address found on your county’s contact information page.

Identification Required for Registration: If you are registering by mail/fax/email for the first time in that county, 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 the county. If you do not provide this information with your form, you must provide it when you vote.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Advance Voting allows registered voters to vote early at specified sites from the fourth Monday to the Friday before the election.  Advance Voting is conducted during regular business hours during weekdays and during certain Saturdays.  Voters may go to the Secretary of State’s website to view their advance voting place and hours.

Please note, however, that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, advance voting polling locations may be changed.  If you have any question about the advance voting locations in your county, contact your county registrar’s office to confirm the locations and dates and times of operation.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote by mail or in-person on or before Election Day. Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some counties have established drop boxes for the November 3, 2020 election where absentee ballots may be returned. Absentee ballots must be returned in the county where voters are registered to vote if the voter uses a drop box instead of mailing in the ballot. 

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, or at county registrar’s office. A completed absentee ballot request can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or delivered to the county registrar’s office in person beginning 180 days prior to an election up until the Friday before the election.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election is by 5 p.m. on October 30th. Note that voters may not receive their absentee ballot in time to mail it or to deliver it to a drop box or county registrar’s office by 7 p.m. on November 3, 2020 if they wait until the final day to request an absentee ballot.

By law, Georgia requires that the ballot be personally mailed or returned in person by the voter or by the voter’s mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or an individual residing in the household of such voter.  The absentee ballot of a disabled voter may be mailed or delivered by the caregiver of such disabled voter, regardless of whether such caregiver resides in such disabled elector’s household.  Note, that these limitations apply to persons returning vote by mail absentee ballots to drop boxes offered by some counties for the election.

The absentee ballot of a voter who is in custody in a jail or other detention facility, and is not serving a felony sentence, may be mailed or delivered by any employee of such jail or facility having custody of such voter.

Voted ballots must be returned to the county registrar’s office (or drop box established in some counties) by no later than 7:00 p.m. (close of polls).

If the voter did not supply acceptable ID when registering to vote and is voting for the first time as an absentee voter, they must include a copy of one of the accepted forms of 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 “pending” voters 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. 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.

Deadlines

  • An application for an absentee ballot that is submitted by mail must be received by the voter’s county registrar’s office no later than October 30 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • An application for absentee ballot that is submitted in person will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the election.
  • The voter must return the ballot to the county registrar’s office so that it is received by no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
Identification Requirements

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;
  • Valid photo ID 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 voter provides proper ID to the registrar’s office within 3 days after Election Day.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

If a registered voter has moved to a different precinct in the same county prior to the election or to a different location within the same precinct, 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 after the registration deadline, 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 and update their address information at the polling location.

Note that college students who meet the generally applicable registration requirements may register if they have “residence” in Georgia, defined as a place where their habitation is fixed without any present intention to move.  College students’ residency may continue at a college location if it is their intention to continue to reside there, even if they are temporarily displaced due to COVID-19 or for other reasons.

 

If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

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 offense until they have completed their entire sentence, including parole or other supervised release, and has discharged any applicable fines. It is important to note that not all legal debt is a fine and that some fines may be cancelled upon the completion of the sentence. Once the citizen has completed their sentence and paid required fines, they are eligible to register or re-register and vote a regular ballot.

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