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Elections & Voting

The next scheduled election is the 2022 General Primary. If a Special Election is called, this website will be updated with details. Visit the Secretary of State's website to view a detailed elections calendar.

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.

Advance Voting

What is on the Ballot?

Sample ballots for future elections will be posted once available.

Things to Know

All Forsyth County registered voters may take advantage of Advance Voting in person during the hours and dates posted, regardless of where they are assigned to vote on Election Day.  

Advance Voting Dates, Times and Locations

Advance Voting details for future elections will be posted here once available.

Election Day Voting in Person

What is on the Ballot?

Sample ballots for future elections will be posted once available.

Election Day Voting Hours and More

  • Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • On Election Day voters must go to their designated polling place to vote.  

Where do I Vote?

To confirm your registration information, verify your Election Day polling place and review your sample ballot visit:

My Voter Page: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections: (770) 781-2118 ext. 9

Georgia Secretary of State: www.sos.ga.gov 

Important Change

If you go to a precinct that is not your assigned precinct, you cannot cast a valid Out of Precinct (OP) provisional ballot before 5:00 p.m. If you want your vote to count, you will need to go to your assigned precinct to vote or wait until 5:00 p.m. at the unassigned precinct to vote an OP provisional ballot. There are no exceptions. 

Things to Know on Election Day

  • ***ATTENTION***Polling places changes effective August 2021 for voters assigned to the 29-Polo and 37-Sawnee precincts: Voters assigned to the 29-Polo precinct, who voted at Grace Chapel Church of Christ, have been reassigned to the Fowler Park Recreation Center. Voters assigned to the 37-Sawnee precinct, who voted at the Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Operations Center, have been reassigned to Greater Heights Baptist Church. (See the list of Election Day Voting Precincts and Polling Places for addresses).
  • Please verify your Election Day polling place at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov prior to going to the polls.
  • An Advance Voting Location MAY NOT be your designated Election Day polling place.
  • Four of the five Advance Voting locations (Hampton Park Library, Midway Park Community Building, Sharon Springs Park Community Building and Cumming City Hall) are also Election Day polling places. On Election Day ONLY those voters who are assigned to those designated polling places should go there to vote.
  • The Forsyth County Elections Office is open all day on Election Day to answer any questions a voter may have and to accept voted absentee ballots. Our office IS NOT open for voting on Election Day; it is not an Election Day polling place. A voter's polling place on Election Day is specific to where their residence (as registered) falls within designated precinct lines.

Precinct Maps

2021 Precinct Maps

2020 Precinct Maps

Precinct and Polling Place Changes

Precinct and polling place map and district maps for current election cycle

Click here to view the precinct and polling place map and district maps for the current election cycle. (Please note: On Election Day voters must go to their designated polling place to vote.) 

2021

APPROVED Precinct and Polling Place Changes
On August 3, 2021 the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations & Elections approved several precinct and polling place changes. The approved changes endorsed the relocation of 2 Election Day polling places and realigned the lines of the 07-Cumming precinct to account for annexations to the City of Cumming. Voters affected by these changes will be issued precinct cards in the mail advising them of the change. Please be advised that where you vote may have changed, who represents you did not.

  • Voters assigned to the 29-Polo precinct, who voted previously at Grace Chapel Church of Christ, have been assigned to the Fowler Park Recreation Center (4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA 30040). 
  • Voters assigned to the 37-Sawnee precinct, who voted previously at the Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Operations Center, have been reassigned to Greater Heights Baptist Church (3790 Post Road Cumming, GA 30040).
  • Always verify your Election Day polling place at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov prior to going to the polls to vote.

Public Notice of Proposed Precinct and Polling Place Changes: Hearing scheduled for August 3, 2021

2020

No precinct and/or Election Day polling place changes were considered in 2020.

2019

APPROVED Precinct and Polling Place Changes
On October 1 and December 23, 2019 the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations & Elections approved several precinct and polling place changes that became effective with the 2020 election cycle. The approved changes endorsed the addition of 5 polling place locations to accommodate the increase in registered voters. Voters affected by these changes received precinct cards in the mail. Please be advised that where you vote may have changed, who represents you did not.

Voter Information Guide: Proposed Precinct Changes effective 2020 - APPROVED October 1, 2019

Voter Information Guide: Proposed Precinct Changes effective 2020 - APPROVED December 23, 2019

What is a precinct?

A precinct is synonymous with the term “voting precinct” and means a geographical area from which all electors vote at one polling place.

What is a polling place?

A polling place is the room provided in each precinct for voting at a primary or election.

List of precinct and polling places: effective 2021

List of precincts and polling places: effective 2021

PLEASE NOTE: On Election Day, voters must go to their designated polling place to vote. Visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov to verify your Election Day polling location.

Election Results, Statistics and Sample Ballots

HELPFUL DEFINITIONS

 Helpful definitions:

  • A Consolidated Sample Ballot contains all races and questions within the county for the specified election.  In a Primary/Primary Runoff these will be by ballot type: Democratic, Republican and/or NonPartisan.
  • The Voter Information Guide provides Forsyth County voters with information on the specified primary/election/runoff.
  • The Absentee Voting Turnout Statistics are posted daily (by 10 a.m. with the statistics through the day before) during absentee voting and include statistics for absentee voting by mail and advance voting in person.
  • The Election Day Voting Turnout Statistics by precinct are posted periodically throughout the day on Election Day.
  • The Official & Complete Statement of Votes Cast Report (SOVC) contains the total number of votes cast broken down by precinct.
  • The Official & Complete Election Summary Report also contains the total number of votes cast, but is not broken down by precinct.
  • In July 2012, the Georgia Secretary of State began posting election results (statewide and county) to a designated website. The Web Results bullets will redirect you to the sites.

2021 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

November 2, 2021 Special Election and City of Cumming Municipal General Election

2020 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

January 5, 2021 General Election Runoff and Special Election Runoff to fill the unexpired term of a US Senate seat

November 3, 2020 General Election and the Special Election to fill the unexpired term of a US Senate seat

August 11, 2020 General Primary RUNOFF

June 9, 2020 General Primary, NonPartisan General Election & Presidential Preference Primary (postponed from March 24)

March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary***POSTPONED until May 19, 2020

2019 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

2018 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

December 4, 2018 General Election Runoff

November 21, 2018 Recount of the U.S. Congressional District 7 race

These results will be certified by the Board of Voter Registrations & Elections on Monday, November 26.

November 6, 2018 General Election & Special Elections

July 24, 2018 Primary Runoff

May 22, 2018 General Primary, NonPartisan General Election & Special Elections

2017 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

2016 Election Results, Statistics & Sample Ballots

2015 Election Results

2014 Election Results

2013 Election Results

  • There were no elections held in Forsyth County in 2013.

2012 Elections Results

2011 Elections Results

November 8, 2011 Special Election

March 15, 2011 Special Election

2010 Election Results

2009 Election Results

  • There were no elections held in Forsyth County in 2009.

2008 Election Results

2007 Election Results

  • There were no elections held in Forsyth County in 2007.

2006 Election Results

November 6, 2018 Provisional Ballot Contact Information

The Secretary of State’s Office has established a secure website and free-access telephone number for provisional ballot voters to access to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted and if not, the reason why.

The website is: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/check_your_provisional_ballot_status_for_november_6_2018_election
The free access number is 1-844-537-5375.

Voters who cast a provisional ballot in Forsyth County may call (770) 781-2118, ext. 9 to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted and if not, the reason why.

All collect calls from provisional voters will be accepted. You may also email Voter@forsythco.com. 

Challenged Voters

Per the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) a challenge can be made to a voter's eligibility to vote. The challenge must be in writing and needs to specify the grounds of the challenge.  The challenge is brought to the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections (BRE) for review. The BRE will review and determine if they find probable cause to uphold the challenge or if they will deny the challenge. See O.C.G.A. 21-2-230 and O.C.G.A. 21-2-229 for more details. An electronic version of the Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) can be accessed via LexisNexis using the following link: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp 

Letters are issued to each elector on the Challenged List.  In order to satisfy your challenged status and you reside at the Forsyth County address on the letter, please follow the steps outlined in the letter. If you received the letter challenging your eligibility to vote in the upcoming election and you no longer reside in Forsyth County, Georgia, please complete and sign a request to have your name removed from the voter rolls. 

For more details about challenges made to Forsyth County voter’s eligibility to vote in an election, please see below.

 
Specific Voter Challenges

August 3, 2021 regular monthly BRE Meeting
Explanation
Challenge Grounds
List of Challenged Voters 08.03.2021 BRE Meeting

December 22, 2020 Special Called BRE Meeting
Explanation
Challenge Grounds
List of Challenged Voters 12.22.2020 BRE Meeting

 

Order Voter Registration Lists and Files

Voter registration lists and files are available to the public. The files contain the following information: voter name, residence address, mailing address if different, race, gender, registration date and last voting date. Pricing is set by the Secretary of State.  Such data may not be used by any person for commercial purposes. (O.C.G.A. 21-2-225c)


All such lists are ordered through the order form provided by the Secretary of State. For information on how to order voter registration lists and files, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website. 

Click here to view the pricing sheet and order form.

The Georgia Secretary of State's website also provides links to the following information: