How to vote by mail, request a mail-in ballot in Georgia
All Georgians registered to vote can request a postal vote, here’s how to do it.
ATLANTA – Those registered to vote in Georgia can request their absentee ballot with an absentee ballot, according to the state website.
Residents do not need an excuse to request an absentee ballot, but it must do so at the local county council registrar’s office before the polls close on Election Day to be counted.
Here’s how to get them delivered to your doorstep in time for the May primaries:
Be registered to vote
Check your registration in Georgia and make sure all personal information is up to date. To register, you will need voter identification, “such as a driver’s license or government-issued ID card,” the state online said.
If you’ve never registered, make sure you’re eligible. To register to vote in Georgia, you have to:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a legal county resident
- Be at least 17.5 years old to register and 18 years old to vote
- Not serving time for conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
- Not have been found mentally incapable by a judge
Request a postal vote
Ballots must be submitted by the deadline and can be requested online, by email, by mail, by fax or in person. Requests can be made between 78 and 11 days before Election Day.
Here’s your reminder that the last day to request an absentee ballot for the May primary election is May 13. Here are all the ways to request a state ballot, according to its website.
- Visit the Secretary of State online portal for postal voting requests.
- Follow the portal prompts to request your ballot online.
- Once you have submitted your information, you should receive a confirmation email.
Once the application is approved, residents will receive the ballot by mail to the address listed on the application.
Complete, sign the ballot and be sure to follow the instructions provided. Then mail it with enough time to arrive on Election Day. Ballots that are not filled out correctly may not be counted.
Verify that the ballot has been accepted on the Georgia My Voter page by logging in and searching for “Absentee Ballot Request Information”.
Problems with ballots
For rejected ballots, the County Elections Office will contact the resident to fix the ballot.
If the ballot does not appear after you request it, contact your county registrar. Another ballot will be sent if there is enough time.
If one cannot be sent for any reason, residents can vote in person but must sign a document stating that they have only voted once. People who have handed in their absentee ballot cannot turn around and vote in person.
“Once you return your absentee ballot, you’ve voted,” the Georgia website said.