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Get Ready to Vote!

Are You Registered Yet? Do It Now!

Are you registered to vote? If not, it’s time to GET READY TO VOTE! To begin, just follow this link to check to see if you are registered to vote and to get registered to vote! Note that you must be registered on or before the established deadlines to vote in upcoming elections.

Where to Vote

There’s only one place you can vote in person, so it’s vital that you know the location of that polling place prior to Election Day. Simply go to the Georgia My Voter page, and under MVP login enter your first initial, your last name, your county of residence, and your birthdate.

If your information is correct you will be provided with a page of information, including the address of your polling place, sample ballots, a link for requesting an absentee ballot, and a list of your elected officials, specific to the location of your residence.

The State of Georgia includes a warning that polling locations are subject to change and a recommendation to always check your designated polling location via the My Georgia Voter website prior to going to vote.

Ways to Vote

There are three ways to vote: by absentee ballot, early in-person voting, or in-person voting on election day. All three methods of voting are available to you, so decide which best meets your needs. 

Voting by Absentee Ballot

  1. Order a ballot request at ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov or download an Application for Official Absentee Ballot (link to PDF)
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request either via the website, or via mail to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. After the election you can log into your My Georgia Voter page to check the status of your absentee vote.

Early In-Person Voting

Georgia voters can vote before Election Day. Dates and times may vary based on where you live.

Early In-Person voting locations are typically different from Election Day polling places, so log in to your My Georgia Voter page and click on “Click Here for Early Voting Locations and Times” to find early voting locations available to you.

In-Person Voting on Election Day

Polls are generally open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day. Some counties may extend the closing time of the polls based on turnout or extenuating circumstances.

Employer Obligations

Georgia requires businesses to allow employees 2 hours away to go vote, if the employee provides reasonable notice. This requirement does not apply if the employee’s call time is after  the polls open or if they are wrapped before the polls close.

If your call time on Election Day is at 9am you can eliminate any problems by going to vote in-person prior to call time, since polls will open at 7am.

Due to changing work practices related to Covid-19 you may wish to vote via absentee ballot instead.

Be Prepared

You will need to show photo ID to vote in Georgia.

Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person.

Acceptable forms 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); Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; valid US passport ID; valid US military photo ID; student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school; or a valid tribal photo ID.

If you have questions, need more information or have difficulty getting a free Voter Identification Card, you can contact your county registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at:

Telephone (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Telephone (404) 656-2871
V/TTY: (404) 656-1787
Fax: (404) 651-9531

Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. If you are a first-time voter, you will need to provide a copy of your ID within three days after the election to your County Board of Elections and Registration. As long as you do so, your provisional ballot will be counted, as long as you are otherwise eligible to vote.

Understanding the Issues

The secret vote is one of America’s most cherished rights and we must all decide on the issues that best fit our vision for our future. It is important to understand how candidates stand on issues that affect your livelihood and your community. Our Local supports candidates who support the motion picture industry, equal opportunities for workers, equal pay, and who are committed to a diverse workplace, free of discrimination.