Georgia Election Information

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NOTE: After the June 25, 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Georgia no longer needs to submit changes to voting procedures to the Department of Justice or federal courts to ensure that the changes are not racially discriminatory.

2014 Primary Election: May 20, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For detailed election information, visit the Georgia Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

Polling Place Hours

November 4, 2014 Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (In Atlanta, polls will be open until 8:00 p.m. during general elections.)

Early Voting

October 13, 2014—October 31, 2014: Advanced (In Person) Voting period for the General Election.  Early voting polling place hours vary by county in Georgia.

For More information about voting early in Georgia, please visit the Secretary of State’s Early/Advance Voting Information website.

How to Find Your Polling Place

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page website.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: April 21, 2014

2014 General Election: October 6, 2014

You must register at least 28 days before an election.

Eligibility Requirements to Register

 To register to vote in the state of Georgia, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote; and
  • At least 17 1/2 years of age (and 18 by election day).

 Also, you may not register to vote if you are currently:

  • Serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude, or
  • Judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.

In the state of Georgia, you do not have to register by political party to vote in the state's regular primaries or general elections.

How to Register

There are many ways to register to vote:

  • Download, complete, and mail a voter registration application.
  • Register online here if you have a valid Georgia drivers license or ID number.
  • Contact 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 Motor Vehicle Safety.
  • 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.

Identification Required for Registration

You must present a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your voter registration application OR when you vote for the first time:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license;
  • Valid photo ID card issued by any entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • A government employee photo ID;
  • Valid U.S. military ID card with photo;
  • Valid Tribal ID with photo;
  • Current utility bill showing name and address;
  • Valid government check or paycheck showing name and address;
  • Valid government document showing name and address; or
  • Current bank statement.

How to Check if You are Registered

Go to Georgia's My Voter Page and enter your information.

If You Want to Vote Early

October 13, 2014—October 31, 2014: Advanced (In Person) Voting period for the General Election. Early voting polling place hours vary by county in Georgia.

For More information about voting early in Georgia, please visit the Secretary of State’s Early/Advance Voting Information website.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

If You Want to Vote Absentee in Person (Early Voting)

Any voter registered in Georgia may vote absentee in person.  This allows you to vote on a day and time that is convenient for you.  Beginning on Monday, October 13, 2014, simply visit your county or municipality early voting site, fill out the application, and present one of the permitted forms of photo ID.  As Election Day approaches, your county may have multiple early voting sites and even extended hours.

You can request an absentee ballot by mail or in person.  You can send or bring the absentee ballot request form or a written request to your county registrars’ office.  A written request must include:

  • Your name;
  • Your date of birth;
  • Your registration address;
  • The address to which the ballot should be sent;
  • The type of election (for example, a state primary runoff, or a general election);
  • The name of the party whose ballot you are requesting (only for primary elections);
  • The date of the election;
  • Your signature; and
  • The date of the request.

Once your request is approved, your paper absentee ballot will be mailed to you.  Paper ballots for General Primaries and General Elections are available starting 45 days before Election Day.  They are no longer available after the Friday before Election Day.

You can request an absentee ballot any time between 180 days before Election Day and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day.  Under Georgia law, absentee ballots cannot be mailed to you on the day prior to Election Day.

For more information on voting absentee in person, voting times and locations for your precinct can be found here.

Identification Requirements for Voting Absentee in Person (Early Voting)

You will need to show proper photo ID to vote absentee in person.  Any of these IDs is acceptable:

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including the free Voter ID card issued by a county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services;
  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
  • A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, the state of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state of Georgia;
  • A valid U.S. passport;
  • A valid U.S. military photo ID; and
  • A valid tribal photo ID.

If You Want to Vote Absentee by Mail

Any voter registered in Georgia can vote absentee by mail.  Just complete and sign the application.  Then, mail, fax, email (as an attachment), or drop the application off at your county registrar's office.  We urge you to request your mail-in ballot and get it back to your county registrar's office as soon as possible.  Mail-in ballots can be requested no earlier than 180 days prior to the election and must be received by your county registrar no later than close of the polls on Election Day.

By Mail:  Once you have received your absentee ballot, you should carefully follow the instructions that came with it.  You must return your ballot to the county registrar no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, either by mail or by hand delivery.

If you registered to vote by mail and did not submit voter registration ID at that time, you will be asked to include a copy of the required voter registration ID with your absentee ballot.  Voter registration ID includes:

  • A current valid photo ID that shows your name and address;
  • A current utility bill that shows your name and address;
  • A bank statement that shows your name and address;
  • A government check that shows your name and address;
  • A paycheck that shows your name and address; or
  • Another government document that shows your name and address.

Please note that this is NOT the same ID that is required for in-person voting.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

As discussed above, individuals must present a copy of one of the following forms of identification in order to complete the registration process, either by attaching a copy to the registration application OR by presenting acceptable ID the first time they vote:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license;
  • Valid photo ID card issued by any entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • A government employee photo ID;
  • Valid U.S. military ID card with photo;
  • Valid Tribal ID with photo;
  • Current utility bill showing name and address;
  • Valid government check or paycheck showing name and address;
  • Valid government document showing name and address; or
  • Current bank statement.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Georgia law requires registered voters to show photo identification in order to vote in person.  When you vote in person, you must show one of the following photo IDs:

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including the free Voter ID card issued by a county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services;
  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
  • A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, the state of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state of Georgia;
  • A valid U.S. passport;
  • A valid U.S. military photo ID; or
  • A valid tribal photo ID.

Please note that you must present this ID even if you have already provided the required voter registration ID.  You must also present this ID if you are voting early in person.

If you DO NOT have one of these forms of photo ID, you can receive a FREE Georgia Voter ID Card.  Just contact your county registrar's office or a Department of Driver Services office.  For more information, go here.

Voters are required to notify the board of registrars of their county of residence whenever they move. Voters must vote in the precincts where they currently reside.

Moving within the Same County

If you move within the same county in which you are registered to vote and don't notify the registrar at least 30 days prior to an election, you may vote in your old polling place for that election.  You must file a notice of your new address.  This can be done by writing your county board of registrars' office, or by submitting a new voter registration application.

Moving to a Different County

If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote within 30 days of an election, you may vote in your old precinct for that election. 

If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote in excess of 30 days prior to an election, you have lost your eligibility to vote in the county of your old residence.  You must register to vote in your new county of residence.  If you don't register to vote by the deadline, you cannot vote in that particular election.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Georgia-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Georgia-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Georgia-specific FWAB page.

Individuals convicted of a felony may vote if they have completed their entire sentence, including probation, parole, and payment of any court-ordered restitution or costs.  You must sign an oath affirming completion of your entire sentence and register to vote again.

For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s office.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.” 

For more information for student voters, visit the Georgia Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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