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Elections & Voting

2022 Elections Calendar

Registration Deadlines and In-Person Advance Voting Dates

Absentee Voting by Mail Dates

Comprehensive Election Cycle Calendar Posted by the Secretary of State with Applicable Election Code Sections

Absentee Vote by Mail: Absentee Ballot Applications

Completing and submitting an Application for Official Absentee Ballot

To request an absentee ballot by mail, a voter is required to complete an “Application for Georgia Official Absentee Ballot.” Voters may access and print an application online. Voters may also contact our office to have an absentee ballot application sent to them for completion.  

Please follow the directions and complete the application accordingly. Incomplete applications may not be accepted if required information is missing or incorrect. For example, you must include your date of birth; it is not optional. Call the office if you have any questions. It is highly recommended that you include contact information.

How early may you submit your completed absentee ballot application?

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 completed absentee ballot application?

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.

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.

Special provisions for elderly / disabled voters requesting and submitting an Application for Official Absentee 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 two appropriate boxes on the Application for Georgia Official Absentee Ballot which indicates you opt in to receive an Absentee Ballot for the rest of the election cycle and denotes the applicable reason code(s) for your request. This is Section 12 on the Application.  NOTE: Voters desiring to vote by mail must submit a separate application for any Special Election.

Special provisions for military and overseas voters requesting and submitting an Application for Official Absentee Ballot?

Absentee Vote by Mail: Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot

Absentee Vote by Mail: More Information

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.

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 (Georgia driver's license, valid ID card by any state or U.S. with photo, valid U.S. passport, valid government employee photo ID, valid U.S. military ID card with photo or valid tribal ID card with photo) 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.

For more information

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

Voting in Person

What is on the ballot?

Sample ballots for future elections will be posted here when available.

ID requirements

In Georgia, voters are required to present photo identification at their polling place prior to casting their ballot. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

  • Georgia driver's license
  • Valid ID card by any state or U.S. with photo
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid government employee photo ID
  • Valid U.S. military ID card with photo
  • Valid tribal ID card with photo

If you do not have one of the above forms of photo identification, you are eligible to receive a free Georgia ID card for Voting Purposes ONLY. The free Georgia ID cards for Voting Purposes ONLY are issued in the Voter Registrations & Elections Office. Please call us at (770) 781-2118 for more information, or to schedule an appointment. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on other ID cards available in Georgia please visit the GA Department of Driver Services website at www.dds.ga.gov.

Polling place reminders

Georgia Election Code Annotated (O.C.G.A.) provides rules and regulations for voting in Georgia.  Several election code sections we encourage voters to be aware of are below.  The Georgia Election Code can be accessed online at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp    

 

X Do NOT campaign within 150’ of the outer edge of the polling place. 
Click here for polling place images with 150' buffer denoted in green.

O.C.G.A. § 21-2-414 (a)(1)

X Do NOT attempt to take a photo of your ballot. 
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-413 (e) and O.C.G.A. 21-2-568.2

X Do NOT attempt to take selfies in the polling place.
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-413 (e) and O.C.G.A. 21-2-568.2

X Do NOT carry a firearm inside the polling place.
O.C.G.A. §21-2-413 (i)

X Do NOT use electronic devices inside the polling place.
O.C.G.A. § 21-2-413 (e)

 

 DO ask a poll worker if you have any questions. They are here to help!
Have questions before or after going to vote in person? Email our department at Voter@forsythco.com.

 DO feel free to take a selfie outside of the polling place proudly displaying your Georgia voter sticker.

Advance Voting

Advance Voting dates, times and locations

Advance Voting information for future elections will be posted here 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.  

Election Day Voting in Person

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 

***ATTENTION*** Forsyth County polling places and precincts have changed. Eight new Election Day polling places opened beginning with the May 24, 2022 General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election. (See the list of Election Day Voting Precincts and Polling Places for addresses).

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 p.m. If you want your vote to count, you will need to go to your assigned precinct to vote or wait until 5 p.m. at the unassigned precinct to vote an OP provisional ballot. There are no exceptions. 

Things to know on Election Day

  • ***ATTENTION*** Forsyth County polling places and precincts have changed. Eight new Election Day polling places opened beginning with the May 24, 2022 General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election. (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.
  • Three of the four Advance Voting locations (Hampton Park Library, Midway Park Community Building and Sharon Springs Park Community Building) 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.

Maps

2022 Maps

2021 Maps

2020 Maps

Precinct and Polling Place Changes

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

See 'Precinct Maps' above for 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.) 

Proposed Changes

There are currently no pending proposed precinct and/or polling place changes. This site will be updated should any changes be proposed. 
(updated January 19, 2023)

2022 APPROVED Changes

On February 11 and March 24, 2022, the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations & Elections approved multiple precinct and polling place changes that became effective with the 2022 election cycle. The approved changes resulted in 28 Election Day polling places and precincts to accommodate the increase in registered voters. Voters affected by these changes were mailed precinct cards in April 2022.

Public Notice of proposed precinct and polling place changes to be considered February 11, 2022

Map of proposed changes to be considered February 11, 2022

UPDATE to the changes considered on February 11: The Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations & Elections (BRE) held a Special Called Meeting on February 11, 2022 to vote on the proposed precinct and polling place changes, as well as the Advance Voting hours and locations and drop boxes for the upcoming election cycle. The BRE approved the proposed precinct and polling place changes as presented with one exception – Cumming First United Methodist Church will no longer serve as an Election Day polling place for the proposed 45-Mountainside precinct.   

Public Notice of proposed precinct and polling place changes to be considered on March 24, 2022

Maps of changes to be considered on March 24, 2022

UPDATE: The Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations & Elections (BRE) held a Special Called Meeting on March 24, 2022 to vote on the proposed precinct and polling place changes. The BRE approved the proposed precinct and polling place changes as presented. These changes accommodated an alternate Election Day polling place for the 45-Mountainside precinct, the addition of a new precinct (49-Cheatam Creek) and the elimination of the 48-Silver City precinct.  

 

2021 APPROVED Changes

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 APPROVED Changes

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

2019 APPROVED Changes

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

District Line Updates

Overview

Every ten years following completion of the census, the U.S. Constitution requires all voting districts be reevaluated to ensure equal representation. As law establishes that representatives are to be based on population, district lines are re-drawn as needed based upon changes in population. In Forsyth County, census data resulted in changes to all voting districts: congressional, state senate, state house, county commission and county school board. 

The  district lines changes outlined below went into effect January 1, 2023.

Chart: Forsyth County Districts

Congressional, State Senate and State House District Lines

Legislation establishing the congressional, state senate and state house district lines was signed by Governor Brian Kemp on December 30, 2021. 

Congressional, State Senate and State House Updated District Descriptions

Congressional district:
Congressional district 6 will represent all of Forsyth County, as well as all of Dawson County and portions of Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

State Senate districts:

Senate district 27 will represent the majority of Forsyth County. This district will not represent any other county.

Senate district 48 will represent a portion of south Forsyth County, as well as portions of Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

State House districts:
House district 11 will represent a portion of northwest Forsyth County, as well as all of Pickens County and a portion of Cherokee County.

House district 24 will represent a portion of western Forsyth County.  This district will not represent any other county.

House district 25 will represent portions of southern Forsyth County, as well as a portion of Fulton County.

House district 26 will represent a portion of eastern Forsyth County.  This district will not represent any other county.

House district 28 will represent portions of northern Forsyth County, as well as a portion of Hall County.

House district 100 will represent portions of southern Forsyth County, as well as portions of Gwinnett and Hall counties.

Chart: Congressional, State Senate and State House Districts Data

Maps: Congressional, State Senate and State House Districts

County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education District Lines

Legislation establishing the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and Forsyth County Board of Education district lines was signed into effect by Governor Kemp on February 17, 2022. 

Maps: Forsyth County Commissioners and Board of Education Districts

Maps: Precincts and Polling Places

Helpful Links

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 for the 2022 election cycle

List of precincts and polling places: effective for the 2022 election cycle

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

Challenged Voters

Challenges to Voter Eligibility
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 

The BRE established a Supplemental Process and Guidance Policy to provide Forsyth County electors wishing to challenge electors a better understanding of the requirements for submissions of such challenges.    

To submit a challenge to a voter’s eligibility to vote:

Email: FCBRE@forsythco.com

Physical and mailing address: 1201 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040

For questions, please call: (770) 781-2118


Voters whose eligibility to vote has been challenged
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 the Voter Registration Removal by Request form 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

2022

2021

2020


To View BRE Decisions on Specific Voter Challenges
To view BRE decisions and motions on specific challenges to voter eligibility please review the Board Summary and Board Minutes documents.    

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:

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.