The New Georgia Project’s Guide to the June 9th primaries
I’m a registered Georgia voter but haven’t requested an absentee ballot yet. What should I do?
If you are a registered Georgia voter and want to participate in the upcoming June 9 primaries, but you haven’t requested your Absentee Ballot, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure everything is done on your side:
First, double check to make sure you are registered to vote! The state of Georgia purged close to 560,000 voters due to inactive voting. Check your status as a Georgia voter here.
Once you have confirmed you are registered to vote, your next step is to submit an Absentee Ballot Application or ballot request form. In order to get an application/request form, you will need to visit this website. Here, you will see two links.
The first one is to download a PDF version of the Absentee Ballot Application. Print it and fill out the necessary credentials. After doing so, you will need to mail it or take it to your county’s Board of Elections.
The second link will allow you to choose the county you live in as a registered voter and will provide information needed to mail or contact your county’s Board of Elections.
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 which will be Friday, June 5, 2020.
Another option would be to vote in person. As of May 18, 2020, Georgia counties have opened up polling locations for in-person voting. In order to see all early voting polling locations, visit here.
I have requested an absentee ballot but haven’t received it yet. What should I do?
Over the past several weeks, all registered voters in the state of Georgia were supposed to receive an absentee ballot application in the mail as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Absentee Ballot Application must be filled out and mailed to your county’s Board of Elections before you can receive your Absentee Ballot. If you have not received your ballot, DON’T PANIC! Visit this websiteand input your information in the “MVP Login” fields to check your voter status.
On the next page, under the Absentee Ballot Request Information, you can check your “Absentee Ballot Status.” This will show you when your Absentee Ballot Application was received by your county as well as when your county mailed your Absentee Ballot.
If you find that your county has not mailed you your Absentee Ballot, call them as soon as possible to get a status.
This link will allow you to choose the county you live in as a registered voter and will provide information needed to contact your county’s Board of Elections.
I have received my absentee ballot. What’s next?
If you have received your ballot, congratulations! You’re one step closer to having your voice heard. Once you have completed your absentee ballot, you will need to mail it back to your county’s Board of Elections.
Fill out your absentee ballot according to the instructions provided. Not completing your absentee ballot correctly could result in your ballot not being counted.
Mail in your completed absentee ballot. Your absentee ballot must arrive at your county election office by Election Day. If you are currently a military or overseas voter and you post your absentee ballot on Election Day, make sure it arrives within 3 days.
I don’t feel comfortable mailing in my ballot. Will I still be able to vote in person?
If you don’t feel comfortable voting by mail, don’t worry. In-person voting will still be an option for you! As of May 18, 2020, Georgia counties have opened up polling locations for in-person voting. All you need to do is visit this website here, which will give you the locations for all the voting polls in your county along with directions. No matter what, you should always have multiple paths to vote.
When visiting these voting locations, one thing you should take into account is social distancing. Make sure to wear a mask and gloves and maintain a distance of six feet from other people around you.
Voting should be safe for everyone. What can I do to help those around me remain safe while making sure my voice is heard?
Yes, that’s correct, voting should be safe for everyone participating. According to AJC, the office of the Secretary of State released guidelines on how each polling location should be cleaned and sanitized as often as possible. However, this does not mean that we as the public should not take our own precautions. We must be careful by protecting ourselves as well as those around us. Make sure that if you plan on participating in in-person voting, that you wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth, wear gloves so you will not have direct contact with anything you need to touch, and practice social distancing.