In addition to the above sites, the State of Georgia Application for Voter Registration is available in a PDF format *. This allows users to download, fill out the form and then either mail it or personally deliver it to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration office.
You may register to vote at any time, but you must be registered by the close of registration prior to an election if you wish to vote on election day, i.e., the application must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline.
If you are registering for the first time in Georgia, new federal legislation mandates that you must submit one of the six appropriate pieces of identification by
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Voters are required to notify the board of registrars of their county of residence whenever they move.
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.
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.
If you have misplaced or have not received your precinct card within two to three weeks of submitting your application, please contact the registration office. Visit the Secretary of State's poll locator on their web site to check your registration status.
Each voter must vote at the polling place designated for the precinct in which the voter lives. The location of your polling place is located on your precinct card. If you have misplaced your card or do not know where your precinct is located, contact the voter registration office or visit the Secretary of State's poll locator.
Go to your polling place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. However, any voter who is waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
You will be required to present photo identification if you cast your vote in person at your polling place. There are 6 acceptable forms of photo identification which apply to in-person voting by absentee, advance voting or at the polling place on Election Day. These include:
If the voter does not have a Georgia driver’s license, or other qualified ID, they can obtain either a FREE Georgia Identification Card from the Department of Driver Services or a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card at the County registrar’s office.
In order to get a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card, a voter will need to provide the following:
The precinct card sent to you to acknowledge your voter registration is not acceptable identification.
When you arrive at your polling place, you will complete a voter's certificate which asks for your name and residence address. You will then present the certificate and proper identification to the poll officials who will verify that you are a registered voter in that precinct by checking the voters list for that precinct. If your name is found on the list, you will be issued a voter access card and admitted into a voting booth to cast your vote.
You will then cast your ballot using an electronic voting unit. After you cast your ballot the machine will automatically eject the voter access card and you will return the card to a poll official. Instructions on how to operate the electronic voting unit are posted at each polling place and you may ask a poll official for assistance.
Georgia Voters do not need a reason for voting absentee by mail.
You may request an Absentee Ballot up to 180 days prior to the date of the Election. You must file a separate application for each election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot. (*See exceptions below for voters over the age of 65, disabled voters, or military or overseas citizens).
Applications must contain the address as registered. If you have moved you need to update your address prior to the voter Registration deadline. You can check and or update your address at the following website: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote, is required.
If you are applying for a primary ballot, you must designate a political party. In a General Election no party is required.
If you are physically disabled or are living temporarily outside of your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you. Also, if you are 65 or older or disabled, you may (if you desire) complete one application and receive absentee ballots for the primary, primary runoff, general and general runoff.
**PLEASE NOTE: The last day to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you or to vote absentee in person is the Friday prior to the Election.
** PLEASE NOTE: A SEPARATE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR A PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY.
Voted Absentee ballots, must be signed and completed on the back of the envelope and received by the county Board of Registrars' Office, on or before Election Day. No absentee ballots will be issued on the day before or the day of an election. You can however, vote in person at your Polling place on Election Day.
Completed Absentee Ballot Applications may be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person. You may down load an Absentee Ballot Application at this website:
If you are 65 or older or disabled, you may (if you desire) complete one application and receive absentee ballots for the primary, primary runoff, general, and general runoff. You must complete a separate absentee application for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Voters who qualify for Elderly and or Disabled status need to re-apply each Calendar Year within the 180 days prior to an Election.
U – UOCAVA Voter – Member of armed forces or Merchant Marines of the United States, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying said member, or a United States citizen residing overseas.
You will be required to mark your current status as one of the below reasons if you qualify as a UOCAVA voter:
MOS - Military Overseas
MST - Military Stateside
OST - Overseas Temporary Resident
OSP - Overseas Permanent Resident (federal offices only on OSP Status)
UOCAVA Voters Only, may request to receive absentee ballot by electronic transmission.
UOCAVA Voters that choose to receive your Absentee Ballot by electronic transmission please indicate this request on your application and also include your legible email address in the space provided on the Federal Post Card Application. (FPCA)
Applications for an Absentee Ballot by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted for each Election Cycle 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 one Election Cycle.
You may download a Federal Post Card Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request at this website; http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia.
* Users must have Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on their computer to view or print this file.This is a free download available from the Adobe website.