Helpful Voter Resources

If you feel as though you don’t know where to start, you are not alone. There is a lot of information out there…and there are a lot of opinions. This page offers several links to help you navigate this year’s Presidential elections.

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When is election day?

Election Day for the 2020 Presidential Election is November 3, 2020 and polls are open in Georgia from 7:00am -7:00pm. If you are in line at 7:00pm, you will still be allowed to vote.

In Georgia, early voting runs October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live, so check your county elections office’s site to see early voting dates, times and locations in your area.

Where can I register to vote?

For Georgia residents, you can register to vote here: Georgia’s Online Voter Registration page

NOTE: the deadline to register AND to be eligible to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election is Monday, October 5, 2020.

Here are are other helpful dates and deadlines about Georgia elections: Voting Calendar

I am registered, but I moved. Help?

To find out the information above, visit the Georgia Secretary of States Office’s website: My Voter Page

Last but not least, here is a resource that has an extensive FAQ that covers voters with disabilities, early voting, overseas voting for active military, and more: Vote411.org

When is the last day to change my address?

For those who have moved to Georgia from out of state or moved within the state of Georgia, you can register to vote here: Georgia’s Online Voter Registration page. The deadline to register AND to be eligible to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election is Monday, October 5, 2020.

If you moved from Georgia to another state, you will need to register to vote in your new home state.

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HOW DOES ABSENTEE VOTING WORK?

In Georgia, you may vote absentee by mail or absentee in person. Absentee voting by mail is sometimes also called “vote by mail”. Absentee voting in person is sometimes also called “early voting”. You do NOT need a reason to absentee vote in Georgia. Anyone may vote absentee for any reason. To vote absentee by mail, you will need to send in a completed absentee ballot application to your county elections office (see “How do I vote absentee by mail?” below). To vote absentee in person, you will will need to vote in person at an “early voting” location during the dates and times available in the county in which you are registered (see “How do I vote absentee in person?” below).

HOW DO I VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL?

Absentee voting, sometimes also called “vote by mail”, is available in Georgia by filling out an application for absentee ballot (this version can be filled out and signed digitally using Adobe Acrobat). You do NOT need a reason to absentee vote in Georgia. Anyone may request an absentee ballot for any reason. You will fill out the ballot request application and return it to your county elections office in the county where you are currently registered to vote. You may mail or email the absentee ballot request application. You may also return the absentee ballot request application to your county elections office in person. The last day to submit your absentee ballot application to receive an absentee ballot in Georgia is October 30, 2020, however it is recommended that you send in your absentee ballot application as soon as possible to avoid delays in mailing that may cause your ballot to be delivered too late to return in time to be counted for this election.

VoteAmerica has set up a great website that will guide you through the absentee ballot application process and even send it electronically for you.

Georgia county elections offices will start sending out absentee ballots beginning September 15, 2020. You will receive your absentee ballot by mail. Once you receive your ballot, you will fill it in with a black or blue pen, place it inside the enclosed white security inner envelope, and then place the security envelope inside the yellow outer envelope. To complete your ballot, sign the back of the yellow envelope. Once your ballot is complete and sealed, you can either mail it to your county elections office or drop it off at an official ballot drop box location in your county. Your ballot must be received either by mail or in a ballot box by 7:00pm on November 3, 2020 in order to be counted.

For more information, consult this helpful guide on absentee voting in Georgia from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

HOW DO I GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL?

Absentee voting, sometimes also called “vote by mail”, is available in Georgia by filling out an application for absentee ballot (this version can be filled out and signed digitally using Adobe Acrobat). You do NOT need a reason to absentee vote in Georgia. Anyone may request an absentee ballot for any reason. You will fill out the ballot request application and return it to your county elections office in the county where you are currently registered to vote. You may mail or email the absentee ballot request application. You may also return the absentee ballot request application to your county elections office in person. The last day to submit your absentee ballot application to receive an absentee ballot in Georgia is October 30, 2020, however it is recommended that you send in your absentee ballot application as soon as possible to avoid delays in mailing that may cause your ballot to be delivered too late to return in time to be counted for this election.

VoteAmerica has set up a great website that will guide you through the absentee ballot application process and even send it electronically for you.

DO I NEED A REASON TO ABSENTEE VOTE BY MAIL OR IN PERSON?

In Georgia, you do not need a reason to absentee vote, either in person or by mail.

HOW DOES ADVANCE VOTING (I.E. ABSENTEE VOTE IN PERSON OR EARLY VOTING) WORK? WHERE CAN I VOTE IN ADVANCE?

Advanced Voting Begins October 12, 2020 and ends October 30, 2020, though counties can choose to have Advanced Voting locations open for all or only some of that time frame. Each county has their own criteria for advance voting and locations that are available for Advanced Voting. All polling places open on election day are not necessarily also open for Advanced Voting. To check for Advanced Voting locations and times in your county click here. Some counties have multiple weekend days available for Advanced Voting, but Saturday Advanced Voting is mandatory in every Georgia county on October 24, 2020. During Advanced Voting, you can vote at any Advanced Voting location in the county in which you are registered.

Any registered voter in Georgia can vote during Advanced Voting for any reason.

I NEED HELP AND REMINDERS! IS THERE A SITE THAT WILL GUIDE THROUGH THE PROCESS AND REMIND ME WHERE AND WHEN TO VOTE?

Actually, YES! Here are two sites we love that can help you through the process.

At VoteAmerica, you can check your registration status, register to vote, help with vote by mail/absentee voting, send election reminders, help you find your polling place and even help you contact your county election registrar’s office. The site can even send your absentee ballot application for you electronically. The site is easy to navigate and contains voting information for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

TurboVote is a great website for those of us who need a helping hand with navigating voter registration, updating your record (such as changing your address), finding your voting precinct and more. Additionally, TurboVote will remind you when upcoming elections and primaries are happening, so you will never miss a chance to have your vote counted.

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I’VE HEARD LOTS OF VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS ARE “PENDING”. WHAT CAN I DO IF MY VOTER REGISTRATION IS PENDING?

Firstly, check your registration online if you have recently registered to vote or updated your voter registration at Georgia’s Online Voter Registration page. If you suspect that your registration may be pending (or have received a letter saying that you are pending) because of information match, you can STILL legally vote in the 2020 elections. In general, if your application is pending because your information did not match what was on file with the GA Department of Drivers Services or Social Security, you can still vote by absentee ballot, early voting or on election day by presenting a valid ID when you request your ballot or show up to vote in person. Accepted forms of valid ID are listed here. Voters may be pending for reasons other than information match. Refer to the Information for Pending Voters Page on the GA Secretary of State’s website for more information about how to vote if you have a pending voter status.

I HAVE A DISABILITY. WHAT ACCOMODATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP ME VOTE AND REGISTER TO VOTE?

Georgia law requires poll locations be fully accessible and have poll workers trained to work with all voters. There are lots of accommodations available to voters with disability including seated voting, in-person voting assistance, assistive devices and more. For available accommodations, information about early voting and general information for voters with a disability, click here.

WHO SHOULD I VOTE FOR?

Sorry. We can’t help you there. Voting is a personal decisions based on your values, life experiences, convictions, and how you envision the society you want. Local elections are very important because they have an effect on the day-to-day aspects of our lives. While we can’t tell you who to vote for, we can point you to some resources that outline candidate platforms and even their voting records.

Ballotpedia is a non-partisan resource that focuses on the facts and leaves out opinion. Click here for information on their page about elections in Georgia and elected officials in Georgia and click here for information about the 2020 Presidential Election. The views on this site are not endorsed by C4 Atlanta or the Vote with your heART initiative. We are sharing for educational purposes only.

You may also check the candidates’ own websites to learn more about their various platforms, appearances, and more.