How to Request an Absentee Ballot be Mailed to You

All persons desiring to vote by mail must first submit a written request to the Voter Registrations and Elections Office.

    The request must contain the voter's name and address as registered, mailing address (if different from registration address), date of birth, the date of the  primary/election/runoff for which the ballot is being requested, ballot type (Democratic, Republican or NonPartisan/Special Election -- ONLY if a Primary or Primary Runoff) AND must be signed.      
    The simplest way to apply is to complete an Application for Official Absentee Ballot.  When completing this form, please be sure to complete all areas of the application, and make sure to sign your application.  Not providing required information on your application may result in a processing delay, or even rejection of your application.

Application for Official Absentee Ballot


An applicant may submit their request any one of four ways:
  • By Mail to Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections: ABSENTEE, 110 E. Main Street, Suite 200 Cumming, GA 30040
  • Email of a scanned copy (signed) to Voter@forsythco.com
  • Faxed to 770.886.2825
  • Personal Delivery to the Forsyth County Elections Office located in the Administration Building at 110 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Cumming, GA 30040

How Early may you submit your request for an absentee ballot?
You may request an absentee ballot no more than 180 days prior to an election. By law, requests received more than 180 days prior to an election will be rejected.

What is the Last Day you may submit your request for an absentee ballot?
There is no voting the Monday prior to any election. This means an absentee ballot application must be received in our office by the close of business on the Friday before Election Day (4:30 pm) in order to be processed and mailed on that Friday.

ID Requirements
Eligible voters desiring to vote by mail may do so without providing a reason or identification. However, voters who registered for the first time in Georgia by mail and did not provide identification with their registration, will be required to provide, at the time of voting, one of the six acceptable forms of Photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other governmental document that shows the name and address of the voter. Those voters not having the proper form of identification will be offered a Provisional Ballot.

Special Provisions for the Elderly / Disabled Voters Requesting a Ballot
If you are a voter age 65 or older and/or a voter with a physical disability you may choose to submit one application and receive a ballot for the General Primary, General Primary Runoff, General Election, and General Runoff. You must check the appropriate box on the Application for Official Absentee Ballot or clearly state this desire on your written request which indicates your request for all ballots to be mailed to you within the election cycle. NOTE: Voters desiring to vote by mail must submit a separate application for the Presidential Preference Primary and/or any Special Election.

Who Can Return Your Voted Absentee Ballot?
Absentee ballots may be mailed (be sure to use sufficient postage if mailing) or personally delivered by the voter him/herself to the Elections Office. The only exception is if the voter is physically disabled; delivery of an absentee ballot for a physically disabled voter may be made by any adult upon satisfactory proof that such adult is such voter's mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or an individual residing in the household of such disabled voter. Absentee ballots must be returned to our office (either having been mailed or personally delivered or delivered for a disabled voter) by 7:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

Deadline for Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot
Absentee ballots must be returned to our office (either having been mailed or personally delivered or delivered for a disabled voter) by 7:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

For More Information
For more information about Absentee Voting by Mail please visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website.

Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Suite 200
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2118
 Fax: 770-886-2825
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Voter Registrations and Elections Department is to enable all eligible citizens of Forsyth County to exercise their right to register and vote under the Constitution of the United States; to provide for the security and integrity of all elections in accordance with the Georgia Election Code and State Election Board Rules; to encourage voter participation; to continue providing excellent customer service to voters, candidates and the media; and to maintain public confidence through education of the voting process and laws governing elections.