Elections & Registration for Georgia Voters
Shared via League of Women Voters of Georgia
Midterm Election, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Election Quick Links
- 2018 Georgia Voter Guide – Candidates and Amendments
- Register to Vote
- Find your polling place
- Advance Voting Locations
- Request an absentee ballot
- Contact your county registrar
- View campaign finance disclosures
Can I confirm that I am registered to vote?
In Georgia, before you can vote, you need to register. You may register to vote at any time; however, in order to vote in an election, you must register by the deadline set for that election (typically the close of business 30 days prior to Election Day). Check your registration status here.
A registration form can be obtained at any public library, county courthouse, city hall, or other permanent registration site in the state. Online Voter registration is now available on Secretary of State’s website for individuals with a Georgia driver license or ID number. Paper registrations forms are also available at the same site. Registration forms may also be used to submit a change of address or name change in the voter registration file.
Georgia also has a Motor Voter provision where you may register at the time you apply for or renew your Georgia driver’s license or state ID card.
Many people believe that by registering to vote, you increase your chances of being served with jury duty. However, jury lists are now pulled from the driver’s license databases, so register to vote and make your voice heard.
Where do I vote?
Every voter is assigned a specific polling place for Election Day. All polling places are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Your polling place location is indicated on your voter registration card. If you no longer have a voter registration card, have recently changed your voter registration information, or need further assistance in identifying your polling place location, click here to check your polling place. Or, contact your county’s Board of Registrars. Complete contact information for all Georgia counties by clicking here.
What should I bring to the polls?
- Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID
- A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
- A valid U.S. passport
- A valid employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia
- A valid U.S. military ID card
- A valid tribal photo ID
If you do not have any of the above photo identification, a voter ID card is available free of charge from your local county registration office. Click here for more information.
Special Note for Students: Student Photo IDs issued from a Public University/College in Georgia is acceptable as a form of Voter ID. If you attend a private school you will need to bring one of the above forms of IDs.
Can I vote before Election Day?
In Georgia, there are two options for individuals who wish to vote prior to Election Day: absentee ballot and advance/early voting. In order to vote absentee or advanced/early, you will be required to complete an application and provide sufficient form of identification. You will then be able to cast a ballot; however you will NOT be able to cast another ballot on Election Day.
For more information about voting by mail, how to obtaining an absentee ballot, when absentee ballots will be available, and deadlines for returning an absentee ballot, click here.
Advance/early voting allows Georgia’s voters to vote in person prior to the actual election during regular business hours at the County Board of Registrar’s Office and/or satellite early voting sites. Advanced Voting starts 45 days before an election and Early Voting is 21 day before an election. Absentee Ballots may be requested 180 days in advance of an election, however, the ballot may not be issued to the voter until the first day of Advanced Voting. During Advanced/Early Voting, voters have the ability to cast a ballot at an Early Voting location in their county. Contact your county for Advanced/Early Voting locations and information.
Each voter may cast ONE ballot per election, and if the ballot is cast absentee or advance/early, the voter will not cast a ballot at their regular poll location on Election Day. Advanced and Early Voting locations are not active on Election day.
Can I vote by mail?
A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he or she is voting absentee.
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars’ office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. You may download an application for official absentee/advance ballot and mail it or fax it to your county board of registrars’ office. The application must be in writing and contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote – no reason is required when requesting an absentee ballot by mail. If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.
Applications for absentee ballots by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in which a federal candidate appears on the ballot as well as for any runoffs resulting therefrom including presidential preference primaries for two general elections.
Can I be turned away at the polls?
NO. As long as you show up at your polling place during voting hours, you must be allowed to vote there, whether or not your name is on the list of voters. If you are not listed as a registered voter at that polling place, you can still vote with a provisional ballot. Once you have been confirmed as a registered voter, your ballot will be counted.
Do I need to join a political party?
Georgia voters are not required to declare any political party when registering to vote. However, in order to cast a ballot in a primary election, the voter must tell the poll officer in which party’s primary he or she wishes to vote in order to receive the correct ballot. The desired party ballot must also be specified when requesting an absentee ballot for a primary election. Once a voter requests a ballot for one party’s primary election, the decision is only binding for that primary election and any runoff of the primary. The voter is not required to vote for that party’s candidate in the subsequent general election and may make a different party choice in the next primary election.
How do I update my address if I have moved?
It’s easy! You can update your registration online using this link. You can also fill out a paper voter registration form and provide your previous information at the bottom of the form in Section 8. It’s easy and free – don’t let this simple step be a reason you can’t express your voice on Election Day!
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.
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.
Are children allowed in the Voting Booth?
YES! This is a wonderful way to teach your children about the value of voting.