Voting in Georgia
Things to Know
What do I need to do in order to vote?
Step 1. Registration.
You must be registered 30 days before Election Day in order to vote. Check your registration with the Board of Elections to make sure your name and address are current.
Step 2. Identification.
Make sure you have an acceptable form of ID. If you do not have ID, do not wait until the last minute. Get ID ahead of time.
Step 3. Decide when and where to vote.
You have a choice between:
• Voting early by mail-in absentee ballot;
• Voting early in person at the Board of Elections;
• Voting in person on Election Day at your local polling place.
Assistance at The Polls
What if I don’t speak/read English?
Most election materials in Georgia are available in English only, but you have the right to bring an interpreter with you to the polls or to get language assistance from anyone you choose, including a poll worker, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union.
What if I need help in the voting booth?
If you need help because of a physical disability or because you can’t read the ballot, tell a poll worker when you get to your polling place. You can have anyone assist you in the voting booth, including poll workers, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union. Poll workers should be there to assist you at any time, even after you have entered the voting booth.
Can I bring voting literature to the polls?
Yes. You can take written or printed election materials with you as long as they’re for your own use in casting your ballot. This includes sample ballots, voter guides, etc. but you are not allowed to share these materials with anyone else within 150 feet of the polling place, and you’re not allowed to wear campaign clothing, stickers, or buttons in your polling place unless you cover them up.
Problems at the poll?
Don’t hesitate to call the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s toll-free Election Day Hotline at 800-966-5946
3510 Shallowford Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
Step 1: Registration
Who can Vote?
You can register to vote if you meet all of the following qualifications.
- You’re a U.S. citizen;
- You’re a resident of Georgia;
- You’ll be at least 18 years old Election Day;
- You’re not serving a sentence for a felony conviction;
- You haven’t been declared by a court to be “mentally incompetent.”
How do I check my Voter Registration Status?
To check your voter registration status, absentee ballot status, and to find you polling location, visit: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
**be sure to check on this at least 30 days before Election day in case you have to change any information.**
What if my information has changed since I last registered to vote?
You should re-register to vote, if you have moved or changed your name since the last election. If you haven’t voted in the past 3 years, contact your Board of Registrar’s office to make sure your voter status is still active.
Students: You can register to vote at whatever address (school or home) you regard as your primary legal residence.If you are already registered to vote at your parents’ home address, you can vote using on absentee ballot, which can be mailed to your school address (see the information under Voting Early to learn more about voting by absentee ballot.)
If voting at the polls, check the site below to find out whether your College, University, or Technical School ID is an acceptable form of photo identification (Click on the ling under the Publications header Acceptable Student ID: College, University, Technical College) http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2
Step 2: Identification
Georgia Law requires that when you vote in person, you present a photo ID
What IDs are acceptable?
>Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your country registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
>A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
>Valid employees 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 this state.
>Valid U.S. passport ID
>Valid U.S. military photo ID
>Valid tribal photo ID
Georgia’s Voter Identification Card:
If you do not have one of the six acceptable forms of photo ID, you can get a FREE Voter Identification Card form the State of Georgia. An identification card can be issued at any county registrar’s office or Department of Driver Services Office free of change.
To receive a voter identification card, you must provide the following
>A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
>Documentation showing the voter’s date of birth
>Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
>Documentation showing the applicant’s name and residential address
Step 3: Decide When and Where to Vote
When are the polls open?
Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. As long as you are in line or inside your polling place when the polls close, you have the right to vote.
Where do I vote?
On Election Day, you have to vote at your assigned polling location. The voter registration card that you should receive in the mail after registering to vote will list your assigned polling place. You can also look up your polling place online at http://www.sos.ga.gov/MVP or contact your county board of registrars to find out where to vote.
Can I get time off from work to vote?
If your work schedule prevents you from voting in person while the polls are open, you have the right to take time off from work (up to two hours with pay) to vote. You have to give your employer reasonable notice of your need to take time off, and your employer has the right to specify which hours you get to take.
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.
Three reasons for voting by provisional ballot are:
- You are unable to show one of the required forms of photo ID when you vote in person;
- 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
- Your name does not appear on the list of registered voters in the precinct.
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.
CAN I VOTE BEFORE ELECTION DAY?
Yes. Any registered voter can vote before Election Day by absentee ballot or advance in-person voting. You don’t need an excuse.
Absentee Voting By Mail
Any voter registered in Georgia can vote absentee by mail. Applications can be found at your county board of registrars or you can download one at: http://sos.georgia.gov/Elections/absentee voting.htm
To submit, mail, fax, email (as an attachment), or drop the application off at your county registrar’s office. Request your mail in ballot early and get it back to your county registrar’s office as soon as possible. Mail-in ballots can be requested as early as 180 days prior to the election and must be received by your county registrar no later than close of the polls on Election Day.
Early/Advanced Voting in Person (absentee Voting in person)
Any voter registered in Georgia may vote early (absentee in person) at special advance voting locations up to 21 days before the election. This allows you to vote on a day and time that is convenient for you.
As Election Day approaches, your county may have multiple early voting sites and even extended hours. To find early voting times and locations near you, contact your county board of registrars or access this information online on your personal voter information page at: http://www.sos.ga.gov/MVP"
Georgia Military and Overseas Voters:
There are special provisions for Georgia Military and Overseas Voters that can be found at: www.sos.ga.gov/elections/UOCAVA