Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Information
A few students have been asking questions about voter registration and absentee ballot information. Below you can see the voter registration deadlines and contact information for the Board of Elections for several counties in the Atlanta area. If you're not a Georgia resident, the best bet would be to contact your local/county board of elections ASAP if you're planning to vote. You can probably find this information with a quick Google search, but if you continue to have problems, ask me and I'll be happy to try to help.
Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 4TH
DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND VOTER REGISTRATION 4380 MEMORIAL DRIVE, SUITE 300 DECATUR, GA 30032 Telephone: (404) 298-4020 Fax: (404) 298-4038
FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND VOTER REGISTRATION SUITE 4075 141 PRYOR STREET, S. W. ATLANTA, GA 30303-3450 Telephone: (404) 730-7020
HENRY COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRARS 66 VETERANS DRIVE MCDONOUGH, GA 30253 Telephone: (770) 954-2021 Fax: (770) 898-7493
ROCKDALE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND VOTER REGISTRATION SUITE J 1329 PORTMAN DRIVE CONYERS, GA 30094-6619 Telephone: (770) 785-5947
GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND VOTER REGISTRATION 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30245-6900 Telephone: (770) 822-8787
DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRARS 8700 HOSPITAL DRIVE ROOM A-1003 DOUGLASVILLE, GA 30134 Telephone: (770) 920-7217
Absentee Voting You may vote by absentee ballot if:
You will be absent from your precinct from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on election day. You are 75 years of age or older. You have a physical disability which prevents you from voting in person or you are a constant caregiver of a person with a disability. You are an election official. You are observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person. You are required to remain on duty in your precinct for the protection of life, health, or safety of the public. An elector may cast an absentee ballot in person at the registrar's office during the period of Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the date of the primary, election, or run-off primary or election without having to provide a reason.
How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be signed and received by the county board of registrars' office on or before election day - no absentee ballots are issued on election day. You may download an absentee ballot application and mail it or fax it to your county board of registrars' office. The application must be in writing and must contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, the reason for voting by absentee ballot, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote. If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.
Applications for absentee ballots by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in which a federal candidate appears on the ballot as well as for any runoffs resulting there from including presidential preference primaries for two general elections.
May I receive assistance with my absentee ballot?
A physically disabled or illiterate voter may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or municipality or from the same category of relatives who can make an application for or deliver an absentee ballot. If the voter is outside of the county or municipality, then a notary public can provide such assistance. Any person who assists another person to vote absentee must complete an oath prescribed by law demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired. No person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff. A candidate on the ballot, or a relative of a candidate on the ballot, may not offer assistance during the election to any voter who is not related to the candidate.