Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: October 5, 2020
Online Link to Application: https://georgia.gov/register-vote
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Update Registration Here: https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to request absentee mail ballot: october 30, 2020
We recommend requesting your absentee mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://georgia.gov/vote-absentee-ballot
Track your Mail-In Ballot Here: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be returned and received no later than 7:00pm november 3, 2020
Filled out absentee mail ballots may also be dropped off at a secure drop-box location in your county. Find a drop-box location in your county here: https://www.georgiademocrat.org/voting-information-and-resources/find-my-countys-ballot-drop-boxes/
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
Georgia has the Surrender Rule.
If a voter requested an absentee ballot but wishes to vote at their regular polling place instead, they must bring their absentee ballot to the poll manager of the precinct in which their name appears on the electors list. They will then be given a regular ballot to vote with.
If you have not received an absentee ballot, or if you have returned the absentee ballot, but the registrars have not received the ballot, you may cancel the absentee ballot by appearing in person before the registrar or absentee ballot clerk and making a written request to have the ballot marked “cancelled.” After the registrars confirm your identity, the registrars or absentee ballot clerk shall grant the request and notify the managers of your precinct to permit you to vote in person at that precinct.
4. Early voting information
- Early Voting is available Oct 12, 2020 – Oct 30, 2020. From the Fourth Monday prior to Election Day until the Friday before Election Day. For general election primaries: As soon as possible in elections with only state and county candidates on the ballot, but no later than the second Monday prior to Election Day until the Friday before Election Day.
- In addition to the registrar’s office, the registrar can determine additional sites for early voting. Counties with populations above 550,000 must ensure that the county courthouse or annex is available for early voting
- Early in-person absentee voting shall occur during regular business hours on weekdays, and on the second Saturday prior to Election Day from 9:00AM – 4:00PM (except no Saturday voting is required in elections where there are no federal or state candidates on the ballot).
- Contact your county election official for more information. Select your county from the drop down menu here: https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/countyelectionoffices.do
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://sos.ga.gov or call Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger 844.753.7825
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 17 years old or over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county
- Contact your county’s Registrar for information on how to sign up: https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/countyregistrars.do