Georgia | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Potential Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff Elections Key Deadlines
The U.S. Senate runoff elections will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
The voter registration deadline will be Monday, December 7, 2020.
Early voting will begin December 14, 2020 and end January 1, 2021.
Absentee ballots can be requsted "as soon as possible" with the earliest mailing date from registrars being November 19, 2020.
Voter Registration Deadline: 5th Monday before Election Day
General Election Registration Deadline: October 5
General Election: November 3
State Runoff Election Registration Deadline: October 5
State Runoff Election: December 1
Federal Runoff Election Registration Deadline: December 7
Federal Runoff Election: January 5, 2021
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Georgia’s voter registration form asks for your Georgia driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. Georgia’s online registration form requires either your Georgia driver’s license or ID number.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
All voters in Georgia must show ID at the polls prior to voting in-person early or on Election Day. Acceptable ID includes:
A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
Any valid state or federal issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
Valid U.S. passport
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 state entity
Valid U.S. military photo ID
Valid tribal photo ID
Student ID cards: Georgia accepts student ID cards from certain public and technical institutions. Students at private universities must show one of the other acceptable forms of photo ID to vote. You can see if your school’s student ID is accepted here.
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Check your voter registration and absentee ballot application status and look up your voting site and hours at: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
How Can I Vote?
Any Georgia voter may vote by mail. Mail-in ballot request applications can be submitted online, by mail or fax, or in person. For more information, visit https://georgia.gov/vote-absentee-ballot.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by your county clerk by close of business on the Friday before Election Day.
Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county clerk’s office by the close of polls on Election Day.
You can vote early in person between the 4th Monday before Election Day and the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.
Exact dates and hours vary by county. Find your county’s Early in-person voting locations at https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/countyregistrars.do.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you have a right to vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in Georgia affect my driver’s license or car registration?
As a full-time student in Georgia, you may be required to make changes to your driver’s license and car registration, regardless of whether you register to vote in Georgia. For more information, you may wish to contact the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Georgia legal professional.
Last updated September 2020