Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be a legal resident of Georgia, and the county or municipality in which you'd like to vote.
  • You need to be at least 17-and-a-half years old (and you may vote if you are at least 18).
  • If you've been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, you may not vote until you've completed your sentence, including probation or parole.
  • If you've been judicially ruled to be mentally incompetent, you may not vote until the disability status has been removed.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Georgia, please contact:

Elections Division: (404)-656-2871

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 29 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Georgia law, if you have been convicted of a disqualifying felony, you may register and vote when you have completed all the terms of your sentence (including probation and parole). If you were incarcerated for a felony, you should submit a new voter registration even if you were previously registered. For more information on voting after a felony conviction, visit the Georgia Elections Division's website.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Georgia who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Georgia resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Georgia says about residency: Your residence is that place where your home is fixed and from which you don't presently have the intention of moving away.
  • If you determine you're a Georgia resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Georgia residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Georgia says that you need to bring ONE of the following forms of photo identification:

  • Georgia driver's license
  • Georgia voter identification card
  • Valid employee photo ID from the State or Federal Government
  • U.S. passport
  • Military photo ID
  • Student photo ID cards from public colleges, universities, and technical schools
  • Tribal photo ID

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

In Georgia, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.

Vote Early in Person

All voters in Georgia can vote in person before Election Day at designated early voting sites from October 15th, 2012 to Election Day.

Vote Early by Mail

You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail.

Complete the Absentee Ballot Application and return it to your county Board of Registrar's office either by mail, fax, or in person. Absentee ballots can be requested as early as 180 days prior to an election and must be received by the county registrar no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

Your mail-in absentee ballot must be completed and in the hands of the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Secretary of State