Last revised Sept. 6, 2023
When you cast your ballot, you will contribute to the centuries-old struggle for justice and equality in the U.S. and push forward for representation and policy that reflects your needs and interests. Through the “Our Future, Our Vote” initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center is committed to ensuring you can do so.
This voting guide for the state of Georgia includes information on how to manage changes to state law and provides resources for more help if you need it.
In this Guide
- Key Dates
- Before Election Day
- Election Day
- Voting If You Have Been Impacted by the Justice System
- Know Your Rights
- In-depth Guides for Partners
What are the key voting dates and deadlines for the Nov. 7 municipal elections?
- Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2023
- General Election: Nov. 7, 2023
Before Election Day
Who can register to vote?
Every U.S. citizen with the following qualifications is eligible to register to vote in Georgia:
- A citizen of the United States.
- A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote.
- At least 18 years old.
- Not declared mentally incompetent by a court.
- Not currently serving a sentence for a felony.
How do I register to vote?
Register to vote by Oct. 9, 2023, (whether in person or by mail) for the Nov. 7, 2023, General Municipal Election. For all elections, you may register in person the fifth Monday before Election Day, or by mail with your form, which must be postmarked by the fifth Monday before Election Day. If that deadline falls on a holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
You can register in person or by mail.
You can register to vote in person at any of the following locations:
- Your county elections and registration office.
- Any state or federal agency offering government services, such as the Department of Human Services.
- You can register by mail using this form.
- You can also register online if you have a driver’s license or identification issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
How do I check my registration or update it if I moved?
Visit the My Voter Page Portal.
Can I vote early?
Georgia voters have three weeks before Election Day for early voting, including two Saturdays. Your county can also offer voting on Sunday. Runoffs have a shorter period for early voting.
You can vote at any early-voting location in your county. You can contact your county for early voting days, hours and locations.
In Georgia, you can cast an absentee ballot for any election, even if you will not be absent from the county on Election Day. You can request it online or by mail, and when it comes, return it by mail or in a drop box.
To request an absentee ballot, you need to complete this absentee ballot application.
If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, you can attach a photo or copy of another form of ID. See other acceptable forms of photo ID for sending in an absentee ballot application.
You can request an absentee ballot for the November Municipal General Election beginning Sept. 23, 2023. Your request for an absentee ballot for the November Municipal General Election must be received by your county elections or registrar’s office by close of business on Oct. 27, 2023. (Hospital patients have an extra day to apply.) You can return your absentee ballot application to your county registrar’s office by mail, fax, email (as an attachment), or in-person.
For all elections, you can request an absentee ballot 78 days before the election and your request must be received by your county elections or registrar’s office by the close of business 11 days before the election.
When do I vote?
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 7, 2023). Anyone standing in line at 7 p.m. has the right to stay to vote.
Where do I vote?
You can check your polling place at the My Voter Page Portal. Polling locations can change so you should verify before leaving the house.
Don’t forget your photo ID!
All Georgia voters casting a ballot in person at the polls must present one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID:
- 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.
- A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired.
- Student ID from a Georgia public college or university.
- 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 containing a photograph of the voter.
- Valid tribal photo ID containing a photograph of the voter.
When should I use a provisional ballot?
You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if a poll worker tells you they cannot establish your eligibility to vote (e.g., your name does not appear on their voter registration list), but you believe you registered and are eligible to vote. The poll worker should offer you the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot, but, if they do not, you have a legal right to request one.
Before completing your provisional ballot, verify with the poll manager that you are in the correct polling place, even if you are not listed in the poll book. If you are at an incorrect polling place on Election Day before 5 p.m., you may be told to go to your assigned polling place to vote. If you are at an incorrect polling place on Election Day after 5 p.m., you must be offered a provisional ballot to vote with an accompanying oath form.
The provisional ballot will count if your eligibility can be determined within three days after Election Day by your county registrar’s office. After completing a provisional ballot, you should contact your county registrar’s office to see whether your vote was counted or if the registrar needs more information to verify your registration status.
Voting If You Have Been Impacted by the Justice System
Can I vote from jail?
Yes. Georgia voters not convicted of a felony who are in jail awaiting trial can request an absentee ballot. (See information on “What about absentee voting?” above.)
Can I vote if I am a returning citizen?
If you are a returning citizen (i.e., person previously incarcerated) and are still completing a sentence for a felony conviction, you are not eligible to register to vote.
But if you have a felony conviction and you have completed your sentence, including any probation, parole and payment of fines owed, you are eligible to register to vote, even if you still owe restitution, fees and costs.
Know Your Rights
What if I would like assistance to vote?
All polling places must be accessible to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. In federal elections, each polling place must have an accessible voting system that allows people with disabilities to vote privately and independently, using assistive technology or equipment.
All polling places must be accessible to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. In federal elections, each polling place must have an accessible voting system that allows people with disabilities to vote privately and independently, using assistive technology or equipment. In addition, according to Section 208 of the federal Voting Rights Act, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union.” This federal law applies to all elections in all states and supersedes any state law. No proof of disability, illiteracy or limited English proficiency is required.
Changes to Georgia’s voting rules might make it harder for people with disabilities to vote. This video series, created by our partners at Uniting for Change, The Arc Georgia, Sangha Unity Network, and the Georgia Advocacy Office, will help voters with disabilities get the accommodations needed to cast a ballot.
Can I assist other voters?
Yes, unless you are one of the following:
- The voter’s employer.
- An officer or agent of the voter’s union.
- Anyone whose name appears on the ballot as a candidate.
- A candidate’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.
Are voting materials available in languages other than English?
Yes. You may access voting materials in Spanish. In addition, all voting materials must be provided in Spanish and English in Gwinnett County. “Voting materials” includes registration or voting notices, such as newspaper notices and website information; forms; instructions; assistance; or other materials or information relating to the electoral process, including ballots. If any voting materials in the above counties are not available in Spanish, please contact:
On Election Day - The Election Protection hotlines:
- 866-OUR-VOTE (866-878-8683) (English)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (Spanish/English)
- 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian languages/ English)
- 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic/ English)
And remember, if you need assistance in voting because you have trouble reading or writing in English, you may receive assistance from a person of your choice. (See “What if I would like assistance to vote?” above.)
What if I witness or experience voter intimidation?
Voter intimidation is conduct intended to compel prospective voters to vote against their preferences, or to not vote at all, through activity that is reasonably calculated to instill fear.
Federal law expressly prohibits voter intimidation.
The following conduct near polling places is likely illegal voter intimidation:
- Violent behavior or verbal threats inside or outside the polling place.
- Confronting voters while wearing military-style or official-looking uniforms.
- Displaying firearms.
- Disrupting voting lines or blocking the entrance to the polling place.
- Following voters to, from, or within the polling place.
- Spreading false information about voter fraud, voting requirements, or related criminal penalties.
- Aggressively approaching voters’ vehicles or writing down voters’ license plate numbers.
- Harassing voters, including aggressively questioning them about their qualifications to vote.
If you see or experience voter intimidation, you should notify the poll managers at the affected polling place; document what happened and whether any voters were deterred from voting; and call Election Protection hotlines listed below.
You may call the Election Protection hotlines:
What if I have further questions or experience any problems while trying to vote?
For further information on voting, visit the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Tell Us Your Voting Story
We want to hear what you experienced with registering, verifying or changing your information, absentee ballots, voting, or any other situation you’ve encountered while trying to participate in your local, state, or federal elections. Share your story:
In-depth Guides for Partners
- Absentee Voting by Mail or Drop box (English)
- Absentee Voting by Mail or Drop box (Español)
- Early Voting in Person (English)
- Early Voting in Person (Español)
- Election Day In-Person Voting (English)
- Election Day In-Person Voting (Español)
- Absentee Voting from Jail
- Voting with a Criminal Record
- Voting with a Disability
Illustrations by Elias Stein