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Register to Vote

The right to vote is a Reproductive Justice Issue. With access to voting pushed further and further out of reach for Georgians, we want to make sure our communities feel prepared and supported as they vote in the Midterm elections this year. Access to voting is a Reproductive Justice issue. Equitable access to voting means our communities are represented and heard. Access means we have the space to make decisions about our bodies and decisions for our families. 

Important Dates for 2022 Midterm Elections

October 11th – The last day to register to vote in the General Midterm Election 

October 17th – November 4th – Early voting for General Midterm Election

October 28th – The last day to request an absentee ballot for the General Midterm election

November 8th – General Midterm election

How to Register to Vote

Georgia Requires an ID to vote

BRING ONE OF THESE SEVEN IDS TO VOTE IN PERSON:

  • Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your County Elections Office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). An unexpired license or ID with a photo issued by another state is also acceptable.
  • A Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia State ID, even if expired – NOTE: this is the only ID on this list that CAN be 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
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • Valid student ID from a PUBLIC Georgia College/University (i.e. Georgia State or Kennesaw State, but NOT private universities like Emory or Morehouse).

ABSENTEE VOTING

    • According to SB202 (see pages 38-39), when you are applying for an absentee ballot, you must provide your name, date of birth, address where you are registered to vote, address where you want the ballot to be mailed, and the number of your Georgia Driver’s License or your Georgia State ID Card. These are the only two options that will be accepted on the Absentee Ballot Request Form itself. NOTE: It is fine if your Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia State ID is expired – you can still use it to apply for an Absentee Ballot! 
    • If you don’t have a Georgia driver’s license or a Georgia State ID Card, then you are required to physically submit one piece of identification with your absentee ballot application. You need to send in a copy. Never send originals.
    • You can submit one of the following, which is an ID that has your photograph: (“valid” means not expired)
      • Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your County Elections Office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). An unexpired license or ID with a photo issued by another state is also acceptable.
      • A Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia State ID, even if expired. NOTE: this is the only ID on this list that CAN be 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 Georgia
      • Valid U.S. passport
      • Valid U.S. military photo ID
      • Valid tribal photo ID

–OR–

      • You can submit one of the following, which is a document that shows your name and address (NOTE: these must be 60 days old or less): 
      • Current utility bill 
      • Bank statement
      • Government check
      • Paycheck
      • Other government documents
      • You are NOT required to submit both a photo ID document and a name/address document. You are only required to submit ONE. 
    • Also, be aware: When you go to send in your actual absentee ballot to vote, you will again need to provide your name, date of birth, and the number of your Georgia Driver’s License or your Georgia State ID Card.
    • If you do not have a Georgia Driver’s License or a Georgia State ID Card, then you must provide the last four (4) digits of your Social Security Number.
    • If you also do not have a Social Security Number, then you will need to submit a copy of ONE of the forms of ID from the lists above. We are mentioning this to you now so if this is the situation you are in, you can go ahead and make additional photocopies of your documents now because you will also need them when you go to submit your actual absentee ballot. For full details on submitting your actual absentee ballot, check out our article.

HOW TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:

REGISTER TO VOTE

SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT

    • Online, by email, by mail, by fax, or in person. 
    • It may be requested any time between 78 and 11 calendar days prior to Election Day.
    • The form will need to be printed, filled out, and scanned for an online/email application, or you can request one at your local registrar’s office

RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT

    • You will receive your ballot at the postal address you noted on your application.
    • If you’re a UOCAVA voter, you may receive it by electronic transmission.

FILL IT OUT, SIGN IT & MAIL IT OR DROP IT OFF

    • You will receive all the forms and envelopes necessary for marking and return of the ballot. Double-check before sending it off– any missing info could cause your vote not to be counted.
    • You can mail your ballot or drop it off at a drop-off location in your county (locations found on your County Registrar’s website.

VERIFY THAT IT WAS ACCEPTED

    • Visit the GA My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/  
    • Log in and look for the section labeled “Absentee Ballot Request Information” to learn more about your absentee ballot status.

SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:

  • If you do not receive your absentee ballot after submitting your application, contact your county registrar to assess your options. If there is not enough time to receive a new absentee ballot, or if for any reason you cannot have another sent to you, you may vote in person. If you choose to vote in person because you never received a requested absentee ballot, you will have to sign a document attesting that you are only voting once.
  • Once you return your absentee ballot and it has been accepted, you have voted!

How to complete an Absentee Ballot Application

How to fill out and submit an Absentee Ballot

WHERE CAN YOU DROP OFF YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT?

DROP BOXES

    • Drop boxes are only available during the Early Voting period. If Early Voting is not currently happening, drop boxes are not available for you to use.
    • They are ONLY available at early voting locations.
    • However, not ALL early voting locations will have a drop box, because counties are limited on how many drop boxes they are allowed to have in the entire county.
    • They must now be located inside government offices, which means you cannot drive up to the box any longer. You must get out of your car and physically go inside the building where the drop box is located. 
    • The drop boxes are only available during the hours and days that Early Voting is happening, which means no more 24/7 availability. If you used to drop your absentee ballot in the drop box on weekends, late at night, or very early in the morning, you will need to plan differently now. 
    • Due to SB202, counties are now limited on how many drop boxes they are allowed to have, which is based upon a per-voter formula. That means that some counties have seen a reduction in the number of drop boxes they can now legally have compared to past elections. However, the great news is that every county in Georgia now has at least one drop box!
    • Drop Box FAQ

COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE

    • Be sure to check the hours of operation first. You can find the contact information for your County Elections Office here. 

MORE FAQs

WHAT IS EARLY VOTING?

Early voting permits GA citizens to cast ballots in person at a polling place prior to an election. In Georgia, a voter does not have to provide an excuse for being unable to vote on Election Day. Anyone who is registered to vote in Georgia can vote early at your local polling locations

Find yours here: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov  

WHO WILL BE ON YOUR BALLOT?

There are many websites you can use to look up exactly which candidates will be on your ballot when you go to vote. Use one of the following by entering your address when prompted:

https://www.vote411.org/ballot

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A POLLING LOCATION:

  • At certain polling locations, you may expect a long wait standing in line, especially on Primary and General election days. Typically, early voting days have shorter lines. It is recommended to get to polling locations early, if possible.
  • You should expect to have to stow away your phones and other devices while voting
  • Georgia law prohibits the following within 150 feet of polling locations:
    • Campaign Materials/Signs/Banners/Literature
    • Influencing Voters/Soliciting Votes/Political Persuasion
    • Circulating Petitions/Soliciting Signatures
    • Clothing in support of certain candidates

 WHAT TO BRING TO A POLLING LOCATION:

  • ID is required to vote at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
    • A photo ID issued by a state or federal government agency
    • A valid U.S. passport
    • An employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia
    • A valid U.S. military ID card
    • A valid tribal ID card.
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote with a provisional ballot. If you are a first-time voter, you will need to provide a copy of your ID within three days after the election to your County Board of Elections and Registration. As long as you do so, your provisional ballot will be counted, as long as you are otherwise eligible to vote.
  • If you want to bring notes in for who you would like to vote for, prepare a piece of paper to take in with you. Cell phones and other devices will have to be stored away while voting. 
  • If you’re expecting a long wait to vote (which can happen on Primary days and General election days) consider bringing:
    • Folding chair for seating during the potential wait
    • Cell phones, other portable devices
    • Portable charger for your devices
    • Weather protection: sunscreen, poncho, umbrella, and/or a hat
    • Water/drinks and snacks
      • Please note that Georgia law now criminalizes providing food or water to voters waiting in line for polls. 
      • This means that you will not be able to have food or drink dispersed or delivered to you by anyone (including family/friends, other folks in line, or delivery services)
      • Breaking this law is now punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1000 fine. 
    • Any other necessities that you can stow away in a small bag, purse, or pockets

YOUR RIGHTS AS A VOTER:

  • STAY IN LINE – If you are in line at the moment your polling location closes, you are still able to vote. Georgia law requires polling locations to allow people to vote who were in line before closing time.
    • Call the Election Protection Hotline at  1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or text “Our Vote” to: 97779 to report the issue. 
    • This number should also be called if you have any accessibility concerns, the lines aren’t moving, or if you have any other questions.
  • If there are issues finding your registration, and you are sure you’re registered and at the correct polling location, you have the right to ask for a provisional ballot.  
    • After casting a provisional ballot, you are required to present documentation (ID, etc.) within three days afterward to your County Elections Office to ensure that your vote is counted. This is known as “curing” your ballot. If you do not take these steps, your vote will be voided and will be thrown out.
  • For more guidance on voting problems and solutions click here.

HOW TO GET TO THE POLLS:

  • Many organizations like Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and New Georgia Project, offer free rides to the polls on election days.
    • (closer to election days, resources will be updated here)
  • To find your nearest polling location, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov  

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN HELPING US GET OUT COMMUNITIES REGISTERED TO VOTE SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE: tinyurl.com/FWHCvr2022 

Sources:

https://sos.ga.gov/

https://faq.georgiavoter.guide/en/

https://www.vote411.org/ballot

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