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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a Georgia driver’s license or state-issued ID card, with a signature on file with the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

mvp.sos.ga.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Type your information into the boxes online and print the form, or fill in your information using blue or black ink

Steps 1–2 · Provide your name and residential address

Step 3 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 4 · Provide your telephone number and date of birth; then provide your gender and race/ethnicity (optional)

Step 5 · Provide your Georgia driver’s license or state-issued ID number

  • If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these numbers, check the box indicating that.

Step 6 · Affirm the following:

  • That you’re a US citizen
  • That you’ll be 18 years old by Nov 8
  • That you reside at the address you listed
  • That you’re eligible to vote in Georgia
  • That you’re not serving a sentence for having been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • That you haven’t been declared mentally incompetent

Step 7 · Indicate whether you want to be contacted about working as a poll officer

Step 8 · (If applicable) Complete if you want to change the name or address of your current voter registration

Step 9 · Indicate whether you’re on active duty in the military

Step 10 · If you’re registering for the first time in Georgia, include a copy of one of the following:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows your name and address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 11 and sent to the Secretary of State’s office at the following address:

Hon. Brian P. Kemp
Secretary of State
State of Georgia
P.O. Box 105325
Atlanta, GA 30348-9562


Check if you’re registered to vote

mvp.sos.ga.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form at your local county board of registrar’s office or election office, or any state or governmental office such as a public library, public school, county or municipal clerk’s office, and government revenue office.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Provide your name and residential address

Step 3 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 4 · Provide your telephone number and date of birth; then provide your gender and race/ethnicity (optional)

Step 5 · Provide your Georgia driver’s license or state-issued ID number

If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these numbers, check the box indicating that.

Step 6 · Affirm the following:

  • That you’re a US citizen
  • That you’ll be 18 years old by Nov 8
  • That you reside at the address you listed
  • That you’re eligible to vote in Georgia
  • That you’re not serving a sentence for having been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • That you haven’t been declared mentally incompetent

Step 7 · Indicate whether you want to be contacted about working as a poll officer

Step 8 · (If applicable) Complete if you want to change the name or address of your current voter registration

Step 9 · Indicate whether you’re on active duty in the military.


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 11 to:

The Secretary of State’s Office:
1104 West Tower
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
SE Atlanta, GA 30334-1505

You can also return the form to your local county board of registrar’s office or election office, or any state or governmental office such as a public library, public school, county or municipal clerk’s office, and government revenue office.


Check if you’re registered to vote

mvp.sos.ga.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a resident of the county in which you’re registering to vote
  • Be at least 17 ½ years old to register and 18 years old to vote
  • Not be serving a sentence (including probation or parole) for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • Not have been found mentally incompetent by a judge
Online
October 11

Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 17–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.


Who can vote early

All registered Georgia voters are eligible to vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

All registered Georgia voters are eligible to vote by mail.


1. Get your mail ballot application

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide the date of the election you’re voting absentee. The 2016 general election isNov 8.

Steps 2-3 · Provide the date you’re completing the application and your birthday

Step 4 · (Optional) Provide your phone number

Step 5 · Provide your email address

Steps 6-7 · Provide your name and address

Step 8 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different from Step 7

Step 9 · (Optional) Indicate the appropriate box if you’d like to receive a mail ballot for more than one election

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the application

Mail, fax, or scan and email the completed form to your local County Board of Registrar’s Office

Absentee ballots aren’t issued on Nov 7 or Nov 8, so be sure to mail your request so it’s received by Friday, Nov 4


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Include an accepted ID, if required
  • Send your completed ballot so it’s received by the close of polls on Election Day, Nov 8 at the address on the ballot return envelope
  • Check the status of your ballot on My Voter Page
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 17–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day

November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Georgia. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a resident of the county or municipality where you’ll vote
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be serving a sentence (including probation or parole) for a felony conviction involving “moral turpitude.”
  • Not be currently judged incompetent by a court

In person ID requirements

All Georgia voters who vote in person (including voting early) must provide one of the following forms of ID:

  • 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
  • US passport
  • US military photo ID
  • Student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school
  • Valid tribal photo ID

By mail ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Georgia, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail

If you’re a first-time Georgia voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID when you registered, you’ll need to provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:

  • A current photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

First-time Georgia voters who register to vote by mail must show acceptable ID by mailing a copy of your identification with your voter registration application or providing a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include a copy of a current and valid photo ID OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Georgia address.Military and overseas voters are exempt from this requirement.
You do not need to provide ID if you have already voted in Georgia at least once. If you are voting for the first time and did not submit photo ID when you registered to vote, include one of the following forms of ID with your absentee ballot application: a copy of a current and valid photo ID OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Georgia address. Military and overseas voters are exempt from this requirement.
You’ll need to submit a separate application every time you wish to vote by absentee ballot unless you are in the military, 75 or older, or physically disabled.If you are in the military, 75 or older, or physically disabled, you can use one Georgia Absentee Ballot Application to request an absentee ballot for the Primary, Primary Runoff (if applicable), Election and Election Runoff (if applicable).