Photo ID is required to vote in Georgia. If you do not have an approved form of photo ID, you can apply for a free photo ID card. If you go to your polling place without an approved photo ID, you may vote provisionally. Provisional ballots will only be counted if the voter returns with a valid ID within 3 days of Election Day. Valid forms of photo ID include:
- A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
- 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)
- 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
- U.S. passport ID
- U.S. military photo ID
- Valid tribal photo ID
If you are having problems getting an approved form of voter ID, you can contact Spread the Vote for assistance at www.spreadthevote.org.
Vote by Mail
Absentee ballot applications must be received on the Friday before Election Day. No excuse is required to vote absentee in Georgia.
In-person Absentee and Early Voting
Georgia offers in-person early voting. Early voting periods are at the discretion of the counties.
Where to Vote
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Voting in Primaries
Georgia has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party.
17-year-olds cannot vote in primary elections. You must be 18 to vote in any election in Georgia.
Access for Voters with Disabilities
Voters with disabilities have access to no-excuse absentee ballots. In Georgia, voters with physical disabilities may move to the front of the line between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.
“Voters with disabilities, like all Americans, have the right to cast a private and independent ballot. Federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act require polling places, and the voting process from start to finish, to be accessible for people with all types of disabilities, and we’ve come a long way. In 2000, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 84% of America’s polling places were inaccessible. By 2008, that number had dropped by over 10 percentage points. Yet, almost three in four polling places remain inaccessible according to GAO, and no state has a perfectly and fully implemented accessibility requirements. Therefore, there is still room for improvement across the country.” – Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist, Disability Rights Network