While there aren’t any big statewide races on the ballot in 2021 (just wait until next year), there are still November elections quickly approaching.  Mayoral races, school board seats, SPLOSTS and more are all on the table, depending on where you vote.

And a new-look absentee voting process is set to begin along with them, so if you want to see what’s changed and how to beat the election day lines, here’s what you need to know:

  • Unregistered voters must register to vote or update their address by Oct. 4 at MVP.sos.ga.gov
  • Voters may submit an absentee ballot application only between Aug. 16 and Oct. 22.
  • Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters beginning Oct. 11
  • Completed absentee ballots must be received by before 7 pm on Nov. 2, 2021.
    • Ballots can be returned by postal mail, or
    • hand-delivered to the ballot box inside their county’s election office, or
    • hand-delivered to any early voting location during voting hours.
  • Early voting will begin on Oct. 12. A schedule of dates, times, and locations will be published no later than Sept. 27.

So if you plan on voting absentee, you can go ahead and fill out your absentee ballot application now to receive your ballot starting in mid-October.  The application form is new, a result of the recently-passed SB 202, and requires a Driver’s License number or other proof of identification such as a passport, utility bill, or paystub.  Applications can be returned to the appropriate county in person, by email, fax, or mail.

Once your application is approved and you receive your absentee ballot in October, you can return your it either via the mail or to a secure absentee ballot drop box, which are now located inside your county’s early voting sites or at your county’s election office.

 

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