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Absentee Vote By Mail

How to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you

All persons desiring to have a ballot mailed to them must first submit a written, signed request to the Voter Registrations & 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 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 of your application.

Print an Application for Official Absentee Ballot Here

An applicant may submit their request any one of four ways:

What is an absentee voter?

Per Georgia Election Code 21-2-380 (a) the term 'absentee elector' means an elector of this state who casts a ballot in a primary, election or runoff other than in person at the polls on Election Day.  All this means is that any voter who votes in person during Advance Voting or who requests their ballot be mailed to them is classified as an 'absentee voter.'  They are 'absent' from their polling place on Election Day and there is no reason required to request a ballot be mailed to the voter.

How early may you submit your request for an absentee ballot?

You may request an absentee ballot no more than 78 days prior to an election. By law, requests received more than 78 days prior to an election will be rejected. 

What is the last day you may submit your request for an absentee ballot?

An absentee ballot application must be received by our office by the close of business 11 days prior to Election Day in order to be processed and a ballot mailed.

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 Presidential Preference Primary, 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 any Special Election.

Who can return your completed absentee ballot application?

Per the Application for Georgia Official Absentee Ballot: No person or entity other than the elector, a relative authorized to request an absentee ballot for such elector, a person signing as assisting an illiterate or physically disabled elector with his or her application, a common carrier charged with returning the ballot application, an absentee ballot clerk, a registrar, or a law enforcement officer in the course of an investigation shall handle or return an elector’s completed absentee ballot application. Handling a completed absentee ballot application by any person or entity other than as allowed in this paragraph is a misdemeanor.

Deadline for returning your voted absentee ballot

Absentee ballots may be mailed (be sure to use sufficient postage if mailing) or personally delivered to the Elections Office. Absentee ballots must be returned to our office (either having been mailed or personally delivered) by 7:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted. There are special provisions for voters in the military and voters living overseas; click here for more details.

Absentee ballots may also be returned to a designated absentee ballot drop box. Drop box locations and hours vary by election. 

Voters may personally deliver their voted absentee ballot to Elections Office staff during their normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Who can return your voted absentee ballot?

Your ballot can only be mailed or delivered to the Elections Office by yourself or your 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 living in your same household.

When will my voted absentee ballot be opened?

On Election Day. All absentee ballots remain sealed and under lock and key until that day. Ballot results are not tabulated until Election Day. And, yes, following Georgia Election Code all absentee ballots submitted and accepted are counted in the final totals for every election.

For more information

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