Remember to Vote!

Registering to Vote
You can register to vote at public libraries, many banks, fire stations, and government offices. When “Motor Voter” laws were passed in the 1990s, voter registration was also permitted when you get a new or renewed driver’s license. At http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_reg_app.htm, voter registration applications can even be found online.

What are the requirements to qualify for voting?
• Must be a US citizen;
• Must be 18 years or older; and
• Must register to vote in the county in which you reside (no residency time requirement).

Voting on Election Day
Voters are required to present identification at their polling place prior to casting their ballot. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

• A Georgia driver's license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;
• A valid voter identification card or other valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification containing a photograph;
• A valid United States passport;
• A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
• A valid United States military identification card containing a photograph of the elector;
• A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector

Absentee Voting
A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he or she is voting absentee. You may vote by absentee ballot in person if:

• You will be absent from your precinct from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
• You are 75 years of age or older.
• You have a physical disability which prevents you from voting in person or you are a constant caregiver of a person with a disability.
• You are an election official.
• You are observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person.
• You are required to remain on duty in your precinct for the protection of life, health, or safety of the public.
• An elector may cast an absentee ballot in person at the registrar's office during the period of Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the date of the election without having to provide a reason.

You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars' office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. You may download an application for official absentee/advance ballot and mail it or fax it to your county board of registrars' office. The application must be in writing and contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote - no reason is required when requesting an absentee ballot by mail.

More information is also available online at http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voting_information.htm

 

 

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