Voting in Georgia
Voter Registration In Georgia
Who Can Register In Georgia
To register to vote in Georgia, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a legal resident of the county
- Be at least 17 ½ years old to register and 18 to vote
- Not have been found mentally incompetent by a judge
- Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
You must register to vote at least 29 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Georgia Election Day Registration
Georgia does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Georgia when you turn 17 ½.
Voting Rights Restoration
Georgia does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Georgia does restore the right to vote upon completion of a felony sentence, which includes the payment of all fines and completion of parole and/or probation. However, you must re-register with your local registrar’s office in the county of your residence.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote.
Voting In Georgia
Where To Vote In Georgia
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Georgia; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In Georgia
Georgia offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins on the fourth Monday prior to election and ends on the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.
Primary Elections In Georgia
Georgia has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Georgia
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Georgia. Valid forms of ID include:
- 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 (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
If you do not have an approved form of ID, the State of Georgia offers a free ID Card. An ID card can be issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services Office free of charge. To receive a voter identification card, you must provide:
- A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
- Documentation showing the voter's date of birth
- Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
- Documentation showing the applicant's name and residential address
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You will have three days from the close of the polls to present acceptable identification to
your county registrar office for your vote to count.
Additional Georgia Resources
Your State Election Official
Georgia Secretary of State
Phone number: 404.656.2881