En español | Georgia’s May 24 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, State Senate and House, governor, lieutenant governor and other state executive offices, as well as several state high courts. Note that changes could be coming for how you vote in the 2022 elections once the state legislature meets and because aspects of a 2021 voting law are still being challenged in the courts.
Check your registration status by visiting the secretary of state’s My Voter Page. If after submitting your application you don’t receive a precinct card in the mail, call your county elections office to check on the status of your application. A precinct card proves you’re registered to vote and tells you where to vote, but you’re not required to have it with you when you vote.
The deadline to register to vote in Georgia is Monday, April 25, for the primary election. The last day to register online for the general election is Oct. 10; otherwise, the registration deadline is Oct. 11, since Oct. 10 is a state holiday.
Georgia voters do not select a political party affiliation when they register to vote. But during political primary elections you can choose to participate in the Democratic or Republican primary by selecting a party ballot. Or you can choose a non-partisan ballot. If you opt to use a party ballot in the primary and a runoff election follows, you can vote only in the primary runoff of the party you selected before.
No matter what ballot you choose in the primaries, you will not be formally affiliated with any party. And during the general election, voters use the same ballot, regardless of party affiliation.
Any registered Georgia voter can request an absentee ballot online, by mail, by phone or in person and safely vote from home.
Absentee ballot applications can be requested as early as March 7 for the May 24 primaries and Aug. 22 for the Nov. 8 general election. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is May 13 for the primaries and Oct. 28 for the general election.
Completed absentee ballots can be returned in person or by mail. They must arrive at your county elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Yes. Local elected officials are required by law to allow early in-person voting beginning on the fourth Monday prior to an election, so Monday, May 2, for the primaries and Monday, Oct. 17, for the general election.
Early voting ends the Friday before Election Day, so May 20 for the primaries and Nov. 4 for the general election. Unlike Election Day, when you must go to your precinct’s polling place, during early voting you can go to any advanced polling location in your county.
Early voting locations and hours will be available through the My Voter Page closer to the election dates.
The primary election is Tuesday, May 24, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Election Day, you can vote only in your precinct. Check the My Voter Page to confirm your polling location.
You must show an acceptable form of photo identification when voting in person, which can be:
If you don’t have an acceptable form of photo identification, you can get a free voter ID card from the Department of Driver Services or any county registrar’s office.
If you have trouble getting a free voter ID card or have questions about the identification requirements, contact your county registrar’s or election office, or the secretary of state’s elections division at 404-656-2871 (toll-free at 844-753-7825). TTY callers can dial 404-656-1787.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Dec. 8 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 31, 2020. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.
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