Georgia

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 4, 2021 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • In-Person Voter Registration Deadline: October 4, 2021
  • Online, Email and Fax Voter Registration Deadline: October 4, 2021
  • Mail-In Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked, October 4, 2021

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

Oct. 12, 2021 – Start of Early “Advanced” Voting

For more information, see the “Voting Early” section below or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Oct. 22, 2021 – Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
  • 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 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.
  • An application for absentee ballot that is submitted in person must be accepted until 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.

For more information, see the “Absentee Ballot” section below or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Oct. 29, 2021 – End of Early “Advanced” Voting

For more information, see the “Voting Early” section below or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Oct. 29, 2021 – Last Day to Use Absentee Ballot Drop Box

Voted ballots must be returned to an official ballot drop box by no later than the time the Advance Voting ballot drop box location closes on October 29, 2021 or to the county registrar’s office by no later than 7:00 p.m. (close of polls) on November 2, 2021.

For more information, see the “Voting Early” section below or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Nov. 30, 2021 – 2021 General/Special Election Runoff Elections

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates

  • Voter registration deadline is the same as the general election: October 4, 2021

 

Primary elections in Georgia are open, meaning registered voters may select one party’s ballot and vote for candidates for that party’s nominations regardless of the voter’s part affiliation or membership.

Note that runoff elections occur when no candidate in the election leading to the runoff received 50+% of the vote. As a result, not all voters will have a runoff contest on their ballot. Voters should check their sample ballot or check with their County Registrar to determine whether they have a runoff election on their ballot for the November 30, 2021 general/special runoff elections.

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

Last updated: October 2021

Voting In Georgia

When You Can Vote

Voting on 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.

Voting Before Election Day:

Early voting, also referred to as, “Advance Voting” allows registered voters to vote early at specified sites from the fourth Monday to the Friday before the election. October 29th is the final day of Advance Voting for the General Election. Advance Voting is conducted during regular business hours during weekdays, from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on the second and third Saturdays before the election, and, at the option of each county, on the second and third Sundays before the election during the hours determined by the county. Sunday Advance Voting is optional and whether it is conducted is determined at the county level. Voters may go to the Secretary of State’s website to view their Advance Voting place and hours here. 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.

Voting Absentee:

Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote by mail or in-person on or before Election Day. Each county maintains at least one drop box, in an indoor Advance Voting location, for the November 2, 2021 election where absentee ballots may be returned until October 29, 2021, but only during the hours during which the Advance Voting location housing the drop box is open for Advance Voting. After October 29, 2021, ballot drop boxes will no longer be available for the November 2, 2021 general/special election. Voters should contact their county elections office to determine drop box location(s) and hours.

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. Georgia voters who have a Georgia driver’s license or State Issued ID card, may apply for an absentee ballot using the Secretary of State’s portal here. An absentee ballot application can also be obtained on the Secretary of State’s website here, or at county registrar’s office. When requesting an absentee ballot, the voter’s name, date of birth, address as registered, address where the voter wishes the ballot to be mailed, and the number of his or her Georgia driver’s license or identification card issued by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles. If the voter does not have a Georgia driver’s license or identification card, the voter shall provide a copy of one of the other acceptable forms of identification listed later in this document and affix a photocopy or electronic image of such identification.

A completed absentee ballot request that is not submitted on the Secretary of State’s portal electronically can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or delivered to the county registrar’s office in person beginning 78 days prior to an election up until 11 days before the election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2, 2021 General/Special Election is by 5 p.m. on October 22nd. Note that if a voter waits until the final day to request an absentee ballot, they may not receive their absentee ballots in time to deliver them to an official ballot drop box by the time their ballot drop box Advance Voting location closes on October 29, 2021 or to mail them to the county registrar’s office for receipt by 7 p.m. on November 2, 2021.

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 also apply to persons returning vote by mail absentee ballots to official ballot drop boxes.

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 an official ballot drop box by no later than the time the Advance Voting ballot drop box location closes on October 29, 2021 or to the county registrar’s office by no later than 7:00 p.m. (close of polls) on November 2, 2021.

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. First time voters who have been flagged as potential non-citizens must include a copy of proof of citizenship with the absentee ballot, otherwise the ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and the voter will be required to produce proof of citizenship to their County Register during the provisional ballot cure period within three days of the election.

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.

Absentee Ballot 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 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.

·       An application for absentee ballot that is submitted in person must be accepted until 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.

·       The voter must return the ballot to the county registrar’s office or to an official county absentee ballot drop box in the county where the voter is registered to vote . If an absentee ballot is returned to an official absentee ballot drop box, it must be returned no later than four days before the election, i.e. October 29, 2021.  If an absentee ballot is returned to the county registrar’s office, it must be received by no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election, i.e. November 2, 2021.

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. If the voter wishes to vote during the Advance Voting period, polling location information for Advance Voting sites may be found on the Secretary of State’s website here.

However, that 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.

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 deadline for the November 2, 2021 General/Special Election is October 4, 2021. The deadline for the November 30, 2021 General/Special runoff elections is October 4, 2021.

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 with signature on file. Applicants can apply to register on the registration page of the Georgia Secretary of State’s website here. 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.
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

Voting Before Election Day:

Early voting, also referred to as, “Advance Voting” allows registered voters to vote early at specified sites from the fourth Monday to the Friday before the election. October 29th is the final day of Advance Voting for the General Election. Advance Voting is conducted during regular business hours during weekdays, from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on the second and third Saturdays before the election, and, at the option of each county, on the second and third Sundays before the election during the hours determined by the county. Sunday Advance Voting is optional and whether it is conducted is determined at the county level. Voters may go to the Secretary of State’s website to view their Advance Voting place and hours here. 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.

Voting Absentee:

Absentee voting allows registered voters to vote by mail or in-person on or before Election Day. Each county maintains at least one drop box, in an indoor Advance Voting location, for the November 2, 2021 election where absentee ballots may be returned until October 29, 2021, but only during the hours during which the Advance Voting location housing the drop box is open for Advance Voting. After October 29, 2021, ballot drop boxes will no longer be available for the November 2, 2021 general/special election. Voters should contact their county elections office to determine drop box location(s) and hours.

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. Georgia voters who have a Georgia driver’s license or State Issued ID card, may apply for an absentee ballot using the Secretary of State’s portal here. An absentee ballot application can also be obtained on the Secretary of State’s website here, or at county registrar’s office. When requesting an absentee ballot, the voter’s name, date of birth, address as registered, address where the voter wishes the ballot to be mailed, and the number of his or her Georgia driver’s license or identification card issued by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles. If the voter does not have a Georgia driver’s license or identification card, the voter shall provide a copy of one of the other acceptable forms of identification listed later in this document and affix a photocopy or electronic image of such identification.

A completed absentee ballot request that is not submitted on the Secretary of State’s portal electronically can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or delivered to the county registrar’s office in person beginning 78 days prior to an election up until 11 days before the election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2, 2021 General/Special Election is by 5 p.m. on October 22nd. Note that if a voter waits until the final day to request an absentee ballot, they may not receive their absentee ballots in time to deliver them to an official ballot drop box by the time their ballot drop box Advance Voting location closes on October 29, 2021 or to mail them to the county registrar’s office for receipt by 7 p.m. on November 2, 2021.

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 also apply to persons returning vote by mail absentee ballots to official ballot drop boxes.

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 an official ballot drop box by no later than the time the Advance Voting ballot drop box location closes on October 29, 2021 or to the county registrar’s office by no later than 7:00 p.m. (close of polls) on November 2, 2021.

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. First time voters who have been flagged as potential non-citizens must include a copy of proof of citizenship with the absentee ballot, otherwise the ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and the voter will be required to produce proof of citizenship to their County Register during the provisional ballot cure period within three days of the election.

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.

Absentee Ballot 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 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.

·       An application for absentee ballot that is submitted in person must be accepted until 5:00 p.m. eleven days before the election, i.e., October 22, 2021.

·       The voter must return the ballot to the county registrar’s office or to an official county absentee ballot drop box in the county where the voter is registered to vote . If an absentee ballot is returned to an official absentee ballot drop box, it must be returned no later than four days before the election, i.e. October 29, 2021.  If an absentee ballot is returned to the county registrar’s office, it must be received by no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election, i.e. November 2, 2021.

Identification Requirements

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.

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.

In presidential elections only, a voter who has moved to Georgia within thirty days of a federal election and has missed the deadline to register to vote in Georgia may vote for the President and Vice President in their former state one last time. Such voters should contact the election official in their former state for guidance about voting by absentee (if available) or in person in their former state. Georgians who have moved to a new state within thirty days of a presidential election and are unable to register to vote in their new state are eligible to vote in Georgia for President and Vice President. Such voters should contact their former County Registrar for information about obtaining an absentee ballot or voting in-person.

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: https://www.fvap.gov/georgia.

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.

Deadlines for UOCAVA Voters Only:  An application for an absentee ballot must be received at least two days prior to the date of the election. A ballot must be postmarked by the date of the election and received within the three-day period following the election.

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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