Georgia Mail-in Voting: Everything you need to know

Georgia Mail-in Voting: Everything you need to know

What are Absentee Ballots?

Absentee ballots are an option for registered voters who may be traveling, outside the country, serving in the military, or otherwise can’t make it to the polls on Election Day. Georgia law allows for absentee by mail ballots to be requested up to 180 days before an election.  To request an absentee ballot, voters should complete an absentee ballot application and return it to their county registration office.  Absentee ballot applications can be returned by mail, fax, email (as an attachment), or in-person to the local County Board of Registrar’s Office.

Voter Registration Deadline for The General Election: October 5

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Register to vote here: https://georgia.gov/register-vote

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot

Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day (October 30, 2020). Please note that you should make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you, voted, and be received back at the county registrar office before the close of polls on Election Day. Ballots will be mailed out no sooner than 45 days prior to the Friday before Election Day (October 30, 2020).

Request an Absentee Ballot

You must submit an application to request a ballot. That can be done through email, mail, fax, or in person at your County Board of Registrar’s Office. Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website, and select the method that works best for you.

Deadline to Submit an Absentee Ballot

A ballot must be received by the county registrar no later than the close of polls on Election Day. Delivery can be either U.S. first class mail or hand delivered by the voter. If mailing, you must affix postage to the ballot envelope. Ballots received after the polls close cannot be counted.

How to Track Your Absentee Ballot

You can verify that your ballot was accepted by visiting the Georgia My Voter Page. Log in and look for the box labeled Absentee Ballot Request Information to find out more about your absentee ballot status.

To read through all the rules for Absentee Ballots visit the Georgia Secretary of State