GEORGIA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: The 5th Monday before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Georgia’s voter registration form asks for your Georgia driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters in Georgia must show ID at the polls prior to voting. Acceptable ID includes:

  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
  • Any valid state or federal issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • 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 state entity
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • Student ID cards: Georgia accepts student ID cards from certain public and technical institutions. Students at private universities must show one of the other acceptable forms of photo ID to vote. You can see if your school’s student ID is accepted here 

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any registered Georgia voter may request an absentee ballot.
  • The absentee ballot application is available here http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia
  • Absentee ballot applicants must be received by your county clerk by the Friday before Election Day.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county clerk by the close of polls on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • You can deliver your absentee ballot in person between the 4th Monday before Election Day and the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (8 p.m. in cities with over 300,000 people) on Election Day.  If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Georgia affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No, but drivers are required to get a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency. For more information, you may wish to contact the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Georgia legal professional.

Last updated June 2018