Registration Deadline: The voter registration deadline is generally 28 days before the election. Specific election dates and registration deadlines are available here.
Party Affiliation: Georgia has an open primary system; it is not necessary to be registered with the party to vote in primary elections. The only limitation, for primary runoffs, citizens must request the ballot of the same party they selected in the original primary.
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 Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote
Mental Competency: Must not be judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.
Felony Convictions: Must not be serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony.
-Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
-A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
-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 this state
-Valid U.S. passport ID
-Valid U.S. military photo ID
-Valid tribal photo ID
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Georgia voter registration application or print a form..
In person: To obtain a hard copy of the Georgia voter registration application:
- Contact your local county board of registrars' office or election office
- public library
- public assistance office
- recruitment office
- or 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 drivers license posts.
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 a form and mail it to the Secretary of State(address found on form).
By fax: Contact your local board of registrars for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Verify your registration online.
Phone: Contact your local county registrar office to check the status of your application.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any registered Georgia voter may vote by absentee ballot.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Obtain form online.
In person: Obtain a form and present it completed to your local County Board of Registrars Office.
By mail: Mail a completed form to your local County Board of Registrars Office.
Military and oversees voting: When filling out an absentee ballot, check the box to confirm your UOCAVA voter status. Military and overseas voters may receive their ballot by electronic transmission. Find more information at the Georgia Secretary oe State's Military and Overseas Voter information page.
Emergency Voting: The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is an emergency blank ballot that should only be used in the event a UOCAVA voter does not receive a properly absentee ballot and/or SWAB. Submission deadlines are the same as other ballots.
Other absentee ballot information: Voters can request an absentee ballot 180 days before an election without reason.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars' by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting is the same as absentee in person voting and requires no further registration nor qualifications.
Other information for early voting: Beginning on the 4th Monday prior to Election Day through the Friday before Election Day, 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. Voting times and locations for your precinct are available here and here.
Verifying Registration: Georgia online voter registration verification.
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Employees that give reasonable notice to their employers have two hours to vote in any election for which they are qualified to vote. If the hours of work of such employee commence at least two hours after the opening of the polls or end at least two hours prior to the closing of the polls, however, the time off for voting is not available.
Polling Place: Georgia polling place finder
ID Requirements: Photo identification accepted at the polls:
- Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
- Georgia driver's license, even if expired
- 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 this state
- valid US passport ID
- valid US military photo ID
- valid tribal photo ID
Problems with voting: Georgia voter complaint form
Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional voters must provide ID within three days after Election Day. Voters will be additionally notified in writing if their vote is not counted and they are ruled ineligible. Use Georgia's "My Voter Page" to check your ballot status.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Use Georgia's "My Voter Page"