No reason is needed for any elector choosing to vote in person or by mail.
In order to receive an absentee ballot through the mail, a voter must first apply in writing by completing and submitting an application provided by the Secretary of State’s Office or a written statement containing sufficient information for proper identification of the elector.
The Georgia application for an absentee ballot may be found here:
○ Application for Absentee Ballot
For Military and Overseas Voters, an application for an absentee ballot may be found here:
○ Federal Voting Assistance Program
No Absentee Ballots will be issued or cast on the Monday preceding the date of the election.
Advance Voting for primaries and elections will be available beginning the 4th Monday prior to the date of the primary or election. Saturday voting for primaries and elections will be available on the 2nd Saturday prior to the date of the election. Voters voting during Advance Voting and Saturday Voting must provide any one of the following:
(1) A valid Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
(2) Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID;
(3) 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;
(4) Valid U.S. passport ID;
(5) Valid U.S. military photo ID;
(6) Valid tribal photo ID;
Citizens unable to provide one of these forms of identification will be required to cast a Provisional Ballot. The voter will then have 72 hours from the day of the Election to provide ID in order for their ballot to be counted. If the voter is unable to provide the proper ID in the allotted time period, the ballot will be rejected and the voter will be notified.
Advance Voting and Saturday Voting will be available in the Board of Elections Office during regular office hours during the time specified by law for primaries and elections. A detailed schedule for Advance Voting and Saturday Voting for specific primaries and elections is available on this website with the sample ballot when posted.
Absentee Ballots Through The Mail
Absentee ballots will be issued through the mail beginning 45 days prior to the date of the primary or election (21 days for municipal primary/election). Any eligible voter requesting that an absentee ballot be mailed to them must submit a request in writing to the Board of Elections Office. The application must state the voter’s name, address, date of birth, the date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot, and the voter’s signature. During a Primary, the application must also state the voter’s party preference.
No reason is necessary when requesting a ballot be mailed. The application may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Board of Elections Office at:
To ensure that you have time to receive your ballot and return it by Election Day, we recommend you make your request as early as possible. Ballot requests may be received up to 180 days prior to any election.
To find out if the Board of Elections has received your application for an absentee ballot, when your ballot was mailed or if your voted ballot has been returned, view the Georgia Secretary of State website.