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

Submit an Application for Official Absentee Ballot ONLINE

An applicant may submit their request any one of four ways:
  • Email of a scanned copy (signed) to Voter@forsythco.com
  • Faxed to 770-886-2825
  • To submit the application by mail OR by personal delivery to our office:
    Forsyth County Voter Registrations & Elections, 1201 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040


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.

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 by mail or personal delivery by 7pm 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.  Please check the website or contact our office for drop box location(s) and hours for the upcoming election.    

When will my voted absentee ballot be counted?
On Election Day.  All absentee ballots remain sealed and under lock and key until the absentee ballot processing starts.  Ballot results are not tabulated until Election Day.  And, yes, following GA 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.

Contact Us

 Address: 1201 Sawnee  Drive
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.