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Voter Registration: Georgia

VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: Specific election dates and registration deadlines are available here.





VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: At least 17 1/2 years old to register and 18 to vote


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a legal resident of the county


Mental Competency: Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge


Felony Convictions: Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude. More Information here.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: Georgia voter registration application.


In person: You can go to your local county board of registrars' office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools, and other government offices for a mail-in registration form. 


 


Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver's license at Department of Driver Services. 


 


College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


 


By mail/ in writing: Download and print a form and mail it to the Secretary of State(address found on form).


 


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Verify your registration online.


 


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Any registered Georgia voter may vote by absentee ballot.


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Mail, fax, email, (as an attachment), or present the form in person to your local County Board of Registrar's Office.


 


Military and overseas voting: Find more information at the Georgia Secretary of State's Military and Overseas Voter information page.





SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Location and time: Refer to The Elections and Voter Registration Calendars for information on this year’s due dates.


 


Voting By Mail: Voters can request an absentee ballot 180 days before an election without providing a reason. To vote by mail, send or bring a written request to your c/ounty registrar’s office that includes your name, address, signature, and the election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot. You can also go online at www.sos.ga.gov/elections, print and complete the application, and return it to your county registrar’s office. The county registrar’s office will mail your ballot after the application is approved and ballots are available. Your county registrar must receive your absentee ballots by the close of business on Election Day. Voters are not required to provide photo identification when voting by mail


 


Vote Early in Person: Voters may vote at early voting locations beginning the 4th Monday prior to the election. Voters are not required to provide a reason for voting early. When casting your vote in person, you must present an appropriate photo ID. Please contact your county registrar’s office for early voting times and locations in your county.





VOTING ON ELECTION DAY


Polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are in line at 7:00 PM, you will be allowed to cast your vote. 


 


Click here to view Voting Location Information 


 


Voter Identification Requirements: Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person. 


 


Click here to view a list of acceptable documents for Voter Identification.





PROVISIONAL VOTING


Provisional voting allows you to cast a ballot in person even if all the requirements for doing so cannot be met at the time. The provisional ballot will count if the problem is solved within three days after Election Day. 


The three reasons for voting a provisional ballot are: 


1. You are unable to show one of the required forms of photo ID when you vote in person; 


2. When you first registered to vote in Georgia, you registered by mail, did not provide any identification at that time, and are unable to present acceptable identification the first time you vote in person; 


or 3. Your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in the precinct.


 


Click here for more information.


 


ADDITIONAL LINKS


Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/


Problems with voting: Georgia voter complaint form


Verifying provisional ballot status: Use Georgia's "My Voter Page" to check your ballot status.


Verifying absentee ballot status: Use Georgia's "My Voter Page"


 


Verifying polling place and times: Advanced Voting Location Information or My Voter Page


 

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