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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

IMPORTANT:

Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, Georgia’s presidential preference primary has been rescheduled for June 9, 2020.


  • If you have already cast a ballot in the presidential preference primary, it will be counted. You do not need to take additional steps or cast another ballot.

  • Voters can register to vote in the presidential preference primary until May 11, 2020.

  • The Secretary of State's office announced that it be sending mail-in ballot request forms to each registered voter. The form is also available online at: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia. Mail-in ballot request forms must be submitted by June 5, 2020. However, because of the large number of voters who may request to vote by mail, voters should submit their mail-in ballot request forms as soon as possible.

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be returned no later than close of polls on Election Day

  • In-person voting will still be available

  • Early in-person voting will take place May 18 - June 5, 2020. For more information about polling place locations and times, visit: https://elections.sos.ga.gov/Elections/advancedVotingInfo.do.

  • Voters who vote by mail can track the status of their ballot through the My Voter Page on the Secretary of State’s website: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do


Voter Registration Deadline: 5th Monday before Election Day

 

2020

  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 11

  • Primary Election: June 9

  • Primary Runoff Election Registration Deadline: May 11

  • Primary Runoff Election: August 11

  • 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.

 
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. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

 
How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Any registered Georgia voter may request an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot application is available online at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia

  • Absentee ballot applications must be received by your county clerk by 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.

 

Early In-Person

  • You can vote early in person between the 4th Monday before Election Day and the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.

 

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (8 p.m. in cities with over 300,000 people) on Election Day.  If you are in line by the closing time, then you have a right to vote.

 
Common Questions/Concerns

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


Tuition Status

  • 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?

  • Registering to vote in Georgia may not necessarily affect your driver’s license or car registration. However, you may be required to make changes to these documents, 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 to be 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 April 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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