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Voting in Georgia

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Georgia permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Early voting takes place the week before Election Day, later than the nationwide average of 21 days before in states that permit it. Voters in Georgia are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Georgia, contact the state election agency.


Georgia uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.

To vote in Georgia, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a legal resident of the county
  • Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote
  • Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge[2]

—Georgia Secretary of State

When and where

Registration must be completed at least 28 days prior to the election that you wish to vote in. Registration can be done online or by submitting a form.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Georgia is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Photo identification is required when voting on Election Day. The following are considered valid forms of identification:[3]

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter 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[2]

—Georgia Secretary of State

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Georgia, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If the polls close while you are still in line, you will be permitted to vote.[4]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Georgia. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received at any point up until the close of polls on Election Day. However, a returned absentee ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Georgia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting is held Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the election.[6] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Georgia.

  1. Georgia Democratic Primary Advisory Questions (May 2014)

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