Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I check if I am registered to vote? 

Visit the Georgia “My Voter Page” at mvp.sos.ga.gov to check your voter status.

Where is my polling location, and what hours can I vote?

Visit the Georgia “My Voter Page” at mvp.sos.ga.gov to check your polling location and times.

How do I request an absentee ballot?

You must first fill out, sign, and submit an absentee ballot application to vote by absentee ballot. You can do this online at mvp.sos.ga.gov, by mail, fax, or in person.

What materials do I need to bring to the polls? 

A Government-issued I.D. (for example, driver’s license) and face mask!

 

How do I find out who is on my ballot?

You can find a sample ballot by visiting mvp.sos.ga.gov

If I had requested an absentee ballot, can I cancel that mail-in ballot and then vote in person? 

YES! If you have the absentee ballot, bring it with you the day you vote in-person. Then, the election staff will have you sign an affidavit that cancels your absentee ballot. Afterward, you will be able to vote in person.

What if I go to the polls, and they tell me I am not registered to vote? If I think my rights have been violated, what should I do?

Check your voter status and ensure you are at the correct polling place at mvp.sos.ga.gov. If you are at the wrong polling place, they will not have your name on the list of voters. You can request a provisional ballot if the polling place is in the county you reside in. Call (866) OUR-VOTE if you feel your rights have been violated.

When are the polls open?

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How do primaries work in Georgia?

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Georgia utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party’s primary.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in Georgia, one must be a citizen of the United States and a legal resident of their county. The voter must be at least 17.5 years of age at the time of registration and 18 at the election time.

Registration must be completed at least 28 days prior to the election. Registration can be completed online or by submitting a paper form.

Is there an early voting period?

Georgia permits early voting. Learn more by visiting this website mvp.sos.ga.gov

Who is eligible for absentee voting?

Absentee ballots are an option for registered voters who prefer to vote by mail instead of voting in-person. You do not need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You must request an absentee ballot to receive one in the mail. Your absentee ballot must be received by your local County Board of Registrar’s Office by the time polls close on Election Day in order to be counted.

What are the voter ID laws in Georgia?

Georgia requires voters to present photo identification (ID) while voting. Accepted forms of ID include Georgia driver’s licenses or ID cards, U.S. passports, and U.S. military ID. Voters can obtain a free voter ID card from any county registrar’s office or Department of Driver Services Office. Voters who do not have photo ID while voting may cast provisional ballots.

Forms of accepted ID
Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free 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

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