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The last day to request an absentee ballot for the November 2, 2021 election is October 22, 2021. Request your ballot here. Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website.
REQUESTING AND RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT:
You do not need to provide a reason to request an absentee ballot by mail. You may request an absentee ballot as early as 11 weeks (78 days) before an election. Absentee ballot requests must be returned two Fridays before Election Day. Counties will begin mailing out absentee ballots starting 29 days before the election. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. You may also request, fill out, and return an absentee ballot form online here.
The application must contain:
RETURNING YOUR VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT:
Once you fill out your choices by filling in the circles for your choices, you will place it in an envelope that will have your name, signature, driver's license or state ID number (or last four digits of your Social Security number) and date of birth. Sensitive personal information will be hidden once it is sealed Absentee ballots will be checked using the ID information you write on the outside envelope instead of your signature. Voted absentee ballots may be returned by mail, in person, or at a secure drop box location.
VOTING IN PERSON AFTER REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: If the mailed ballot has been voted and returned to and received by the board of registrars, then the absentee ballot shall be deemed to have been voted. No other ballot shall be issued. If you still have the absentee ballot and give it to the poll manager of the precinct in which your name appears on the electors list, then you may vote a regular ballot. If you have not received an absentee ballot, or if you have returned the absentee ballot, but the registrars have not received the ballot, you may cancel the absentee ballot by appearing in person before the registrar or absentee ballot clerk and making a written request to have the ballot marked “cancelled.”
If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.Request your Ballot
For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.
Each county has different drop box locations. Please contact your local elections official for you specific counties drop box locations.
Absentee in person voting begins the 4th Monday before the election. Please note that you cannot vote on the day right before the Tuesday election. As Election Day approaches, your county may have multiple early voting sites and even extended hours.
Early voting access has recently been modified for most counties, adding an additional mandatory Saturday and formally classifying Sunday voting hours as optional. Counties can have early voting open as long as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at minimum.
Find available early voting locations by visiting the Secretary of State’s website and selecting your county of residence from the list. You can also find available locations by logging into your My Voter Page and looking at your polling place information.
Any voter registered in Georgia may vote absentee in person. Absentee in person voting begins the 4th Monday before the election. Please note that you cannot vote on the day right before the Tuesday election.
Note: A recent change prohibits a mobile poll or early voting bus except during an emergency declared by the governor.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
If you have a Georgia Drivers License number or ID card issued by the GA Department of Driver Services with a signature on file with DDS, you can register to vote online!
If you are a first time voter, and returning the registration form by mail, you must submit one form of ID below unless you provide your Georgia's driver's license/ID number (or the last 4 digits of your social security number if you do not have a driver's license/ID number) on the form and your ID is verified with a state database, or you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting act.
Acceptable items of ID are:
You can register by mailing a copy of your identification with your voter registration application; providing a copy of your identification to the registrar during the absentee voting process; or by showing one of the pieces of acceptable identification when voting at your polling place.
ID is required to vote at the polls.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
If you do not have one of the above forms of ID, the State of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card.
For more information on the acceptable forms of photo ID and the free Voter Identification Card, please visit your state's resource.
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results are not available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
It could take a couple of days for all the ballots to be counted. Official election results will be uploaded on Georgia’s Secretary of State website as they become available.
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
In order to be a poll worker in Georgia, you must:
You will be entitled to compensation.
ALERT: Spalding County polling places will stay open until 9pm today.
Polls are open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on Election Day. Any voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 pm will be allowed to vote.
Provisional voting allows you to cast a ballot in person even if 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.
NOTE: Due to a recent change, out-of-precinct provisional ballots will not count anymore unless cast after 5 p.m. and a voter signs a statement saying they could not make it to their home precinct in time.
The three reasons for voting a provisional ballot are:
If you vote a provisional ballot because you did not have acceptable identification, you will have three days from the close of the polls to present acceptable identification to your county registrar office for your vote to count. You can track the status of your provisional ballot here.
You may receive assistance at the polls if you are unable to read the English language or if you have a physical disability that renders you unable to see or mark the ballot, operate the voting equipment, or enter the voting booth. In order to receive assistance, everyone, except those that are blind, must take an oath stating the reason they need assistance.
The person providing assistance to you must sign on the oath. When there is a federal candidate on the ballot, you can select anyone you want to assist you in voting, except for your employer, an agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of your union. When there is no federal candidate on the ballot, you can select any other resident of the precinct or a parent, sibling, spouse or child (provided they are not a candidate on the ballot or a relative of a candidate on the ballot) to assist you inside the voting booth. No person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff.
Note: Between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on the day of an election, voters who are 75 years of age or older or who are physically disabled may, upon request to a poll officer, vote immediately without waiting in line.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
The voter registration deadline is 30 days before the election. Mail in registration must be postmarked by this deadline to be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections.
You can now register to vote online! You must have a valid driver's license or ID card with a signature on file with DDS in order to complete the registration online. If you don't have either of these forms of ID you can complete the paper registration.
Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after regular working shift. This time may be paid depending on location.
To verify your voter registration status
The voting system used in Georgia is DRE.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. Some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.