The Georgia Runoff election is Jan 5, 2021.
Georgia voters, here’s all the info you need to know!
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Important Dates to know, Georgia!
Voter Registration Deadline Has Passed
Monday, December 7, 2020 – You CANNOT register on Election Day.
Early Voting Period Has Begun!
Monday, December 14, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021
If you have any issues when voting, please call the Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
Can I Still Vote by Mail? (Absentee)
- In Person: Received by Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
- By Mail: Postmarked by Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
ALL ballots must still be received by Friday, January 8, 2021.
Any registered Georgia voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote absentee.
- Georgia voters should verify that your absentee ballot was accepted by visiting the Georgia My Voter Page. Log in and look for the box labeled Absentee Ballot Request Information to find out more about your absentee ballot status.
- If your ballot was rejected, your county elections office will contact you with a document to cure or correct your ballot envelope. Contact your county registrar to get more information and find out what your options are. One of the most common reasons an absentee ballot is rejected is because it has not been properly signed. Be sure to carefully read and follow all instructions included in your absentee ballot.
Am I eligible to register to vote?
To register to vote in Georgia you must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- be a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you want to vote;
- be at least 18 years old within six months after the day of registration, and be 18 years old to vote;
- not be serving a sentence for having been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude;
- not have been judicially determined to be mentally incompetent, unless the disability has been removed.
Any resident of Georgia who is eligible can vote in the Georgia runoff election. You may vote in the runoff even if you did not vote in the 2020 General Election.
- If you are 17 and will turn 18 before January 5, 2021, you are eligible to vote in this election and must register by December 7, 2020.
Military and overseas voters may choose to receive their ballots either electronically or by regular mail. Please remember to include a valid email address on the application when requesting Electronic Ballot Delivery (EBD). Electronic Ballot Delivery is only available for elections with a federal candidate on the ballot.
SENATE RUNOFF BALLOTS
The Georgia Secretary of State provides a special absentee ballot, called the Statewide Write-in Absentee Ballot (SWAB) for eligible UOCAVA voters to use in the event of a runoff election. If an absentee ballot was requested for the primary or election, the voter will automatically be sent the necessary SWAB voting materials for a runoff.
- SWAB – State Write In Ballot – Republican
- SWAB – State Write In Ballot – Democrat
- SWAB – State Write In Ballot – Nonpartisan
BALLOT RETURN OPTIONS
Blank Envelope Affixing Your Own Postage
This option may be used by all voters who requested electronic ballot delivery and therefore did not receive an envelope by mail from the county elections office.
Postage-Paid Envelope Template (available to all military and overseas voters)
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The postage paid envelope may be used if mailed in the U.S. Postal System, which includes all U.S. Military post offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. embassies/consulates. Affix appropriate postage if using international mail. Template must be printed on a number 10 or larger envelope.
Click here to obtain your county address for ballot returns.
What is UOCAVA?
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA is federal law that applies to U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides additional voter registration and absentee voting opportunities for elections with federal offices. You can read more about UOCAVA here.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Georgia Secretary of State’s Office
Can I vote if I have a record?
In Georgia, no one is disenfranchised for misdemeanors. If you are incarcerated but have not been convicted of any felony, you are still eligible to vote.
Georgia’s law disenfranchises people with convictions for a “felony involving moral turpitude.” Unfortunately, the Secretary of State has determined that all felonies involve moral turpitude. Therefore, anyone with a felony conviction must ensure that they have their voting rights restored. Georgia law creates three exceptions to the rule that a felony temporarily takes away the right to vote. Your right to vote is not lost if one of the following is true for your felony conviction(s):
- You pled nolo contendere (“no contest”), even if you are still serving a felony sentence. (O.C.G.A. § 17-7-95);
- You were sentenced under the First Offender Act AND your sentence has not been revoked. (O.C.G.A. § 42-8-60).
- You were sentenced under the Conditional Discharge statute AND your sentence has not been revoked. (O.C.G.A. § 16-13-2).
If any of the above applies to your felony conviction(s), you remain eligible to vote, even while serving your sentence.
In Georgia, the right to vote is automatically restored upon completion of your felony sentence, including payment of fines.
I am a college student. Where do I register to vote?
Federal election law lets college students register and vote at either their campus address or their permanent home address, which may be in another state. But voters can be registered at only one address.
If you are registered in Georgia but won’t physically be in Georgia on January 5, you need to request an absentee ballot.
Will I need ID?
To register to vote in Georgia, you will need either of these:
- Your Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued ID card number.
- The last four digits of your Social Security number.
What if you’re registering by mail for the first time in Georgia and you don’t have one of those IDs? Or what if the numbers you give aren’t in the state database? Either with your registration application or when you vote for the first time, you must give proof of residence—that means a copy of a current and valid:
- Photo ID; or
- Utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address.
If you are voting in person in Georgia (including voting early), you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:
- Georgia driver’s license
- Georgia voter ID or other ID card issued by the State of Georgia, any other state, or the US government
- Employee photo ID issued by the US government, Georgia government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other Georgia government entity
- Valid US passport
- Valid US military photo ID
- Student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school
- Valid tribal photo ID