Georgia Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important deadlines

  • Voter registration form: Postmarked by the fifth Monday before the election
  • Absentee ballot application: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before the election
  • Absentee ballot due: Received by close of polls on Election Day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: If you have a valid Georgia driver's license or state-issued ID card, you can use Georgia's online Voter Registration System.

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the Secretary of State.  The address is on the form.  

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost or never received it. You don't actually need your voter registration card to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered Georgia voter may vote by absentee ballot by mail.  

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Georgia Absentee Ballot Application.  Sign where indicated, and mail, fax, or hand-deliver your completed applicaiton to your County Board of Registrar's office

You may apply for an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election.  If you are temporarily outside the county or physically disabled, a relative can use the same form to request the ballot for you.  

You must file a separate application for each election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot unless you are physically disabled, in the military, or over the age of 75.  

Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot

Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, put a stamp on it, and then mail your ballot back to your County Board of Registrar.  Be sure to meet the deadline or your ballot won't be counted!

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have voting-related questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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