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Your 2020 Georgia Democratic Voting Guide

“Citizens have a responsibility – constitutionally enshrined and more urgent than ever – to steer our nation’s course at the ballot box.”

Topics Covered:

Key Dates/When to Vote

Register to Vote and ID Requirements

Ways to Vote

FAQs

Candidates (moved to a separate page)

Key Dates

Deadline for Voter Registration
October 5

Early Voting
October 12 – October 30
Hours and Locations

Absentee Ballot Drop Box Locations

Runoff Election Days:
December 1, January 5 (U.S. Senate only)

Voter Registration

You Can Register to Vote in Georgia if You:

Are a citizen of the United States
Are a legal resident of Fulton County
Are 17.5 years old and will be 18 by Election Day, June 9, 2020
Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge
Are not serving a sentence for a felony

How to Register to Vote in Georgia:

To check your registration, change your registration or register for the first time, use the Georgia My Voter Page at: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

ID Required When You Vote in Georgia:

You will need to bring one acceptable photo ID to the polls to vote.
There are seven different types. You only need one:

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • A student ID from a public university or college in Georgia

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can get a free ID card at any registrar’s office or
DDS location. Check here for more information: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2

Ways to Vote

ABSENTEE VOTING (VOTE BY MAIL)

Absentee voting (also known as voting by mail) is an easy, verifiable and secure
form of voting. You don’t need a reason. Anybody can vote by mail in Georgia!
1. Confirm your voter registration is correct. Check your status and make changes
on the My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
2. Submit your request online at www.ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov
3. Check that your request was received at: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. If you don’t have a Georgia ID, visit www.IWillVote.com
4. Receive an Absentee Ballot in the mail along with instructions and a return envelope.
5. Complete by filling in the circles next to your choices, and sign the outer envelope. Drop it off in one of the absentee ballot drop boxes (no postage needed), or mail it to the address pre-printed on the envelope. (make sure to use TWO stamps)!
6. Check that your ballot was received on your My Voter Page. https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov


EARLY VOTING

Early voting locations will be determined by the Fulton Board of Elections. Click here for a list of locations and hours.

ELECTION DAY VOTING

To vote on election day, you must report to your assigned polling place. Confirm its location on your My Voter Page. Be sure to bring an acceptable photo ID.

Voting FAQ

Can I see a sample ballot?
Yes! Log into your My Voter Page using your first initial, last name, date of birth and county you’re registered in. You’ll see four quadrants of information; you’ll find “Click Here for Sample Ballots.”

Why should I vote absentee?
It’s an easy form of voting. Plus, if any issues arise with your registration or ballot in the process of voting, the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) will be able to help correct the issues so that your vote will still count by election day.

Is voting by mail secure?
Yes! You can track your ballot’s progress on your My Voter Page. You’ll see the date your ballot was mailed to you, the date it was received by the county registrar, and the date it was counted. The DPG also has a full-time Voter Protection Director who will have representatives on-site to watch ballot counts on election day (plus a team of lawyers to respond to any issues that may arise!)

When can I request an absentee ballot?
Now. We recommend submitting your request by Oct 15 in order to process in time.

Can I return my absentee ballot to a voting location?
No, absentee ballots must be taken to the county registrar office or an absentee ballot drop box.

I’m worried about the mail being too slow to return my absentee ballot. What should I do?
Give your absentee ballots at least three weeks to arrive at the registrar’s office. We recommend mailing them by Oct 15. After that, please take them to an absentee ballot drop box near you.

What if I forget my photo ID/aren’t on the rolls/am told I cannot vote?
First, ask for a provisional ballot. This will allow you to vote on a paper ballot that will be counted if you can “cure” or resolve, the issue at the registrar office within 3 days, or by Friday of the election week. Then, call the DPG’s Voter Protection hotline: 888-730-5816. They will be able to help you make sure your provisional ballot is counted. You can check the status of your ballot by calling the Fulton county registrar’s office at 404-612-7020.

What can I take with me while voting?
You can take any printed or written materials with you into the booth while voting. You cannot use a cell phone or electronic device. YOU CANNOT TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR BALLOT OR ANYTHING INSIDE YOUR POLLING PLACE.

Can I bring my child with me when I vote?
Yes.

What do I do if I need assistance with voting?
You can bring a friend or family member with you if you need assistance, or you can ask a poll worker for help.table photo ID.

Can someone drive me to my polling place?
There are several organizations that offer free rides to the polls. You can request a ride from the DPG at 888-730-5816.

Does my employer have to give me time off to vote?
Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after the regular working shift. This time may be paid depending on location.

Can I vote if I have been convicted of a felony?
If you have served your sentence, yes! Click here for more information:
https://fultondems.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/VotingRightsFelonyMisdemeanor.jpg Contact the Southern Center for Human Rights with questions: 404-688-9440 or info@schr.org

Can I vote if I’m currently incarcerated, convicted of a misdemeanor or on parole for a misdemeanor?
Yes!

What if I have more questions or encounter problems at the polls?
Call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Voter Protection Hot Line at 888-730-5816. They’re here to help, no matter how small your question may seem!