Here’s How to Find Out More About Voter Registration and Voting
The voter registration deadline to vote in Georgia is Oct. 11. Are you sure YOU are registered to vote? Is your address current? If you are NOT registered OR if you have moved, you should register to vote online or update your information. You may use some of the links below to check your status, register, change your registration information and determine the most efficient way for you to vote in the 2016 presidential election.
First, you can determine whether you are registered to vote at the following links:
Visit https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do to make certain that you are registered to vote in your current address. You can find your polling location for election day Nov. 8 and print a precinct card.
If you ARE NOT registered, you can use the same link for the Online Voter Registration System. You must have a valid driver’s license or identification card issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services with signature on file with DDS. If you do not have a valid driver’s license or identification card, the link will allow you to submit a paper registration manually. In both cases, you will not be officially registered to vote until this application is approved. You should receive an acknowledgment within two to four weeks after submitting or mailing your registration. If you don’t receive any information from them by then, contact your local county registration office.
IF YOU ARE A FLORIDA RESIDENT:
You can check your voter status online at http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus. However, to register, you have to download and complete the form at http://dos.myflorida.com/media/693757/dsde39.pdf and mail it to the voter registration office in time for it to be postmarked no later than Oct. 11.
RESIDENT OF OTHER STATES:
Google “Online voter registration in [NAME OF STATE],” and follow the instructions.
Each county in each state will have different processes and schedules for early voting – and if you do vote early, it probably will be at a different voting place than your Election Day voting location. In Georgia, for example, early voting will start 21 days prior to the election on Oct. 17 and run through Friday, Nov. 2. However, you may also vote on Saturday, Oct. 27. You can use the My Voter Page link, or it may be easier to go to http://sos.ga.gov/elections/CountyContacts/AdvanceVotingDisplay.aspx to find an early voter location near you.
ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING
Each state will have different processes and procedures for obtaining absentee ballots, but in all cases, time is running short for that, too.
Registered Georgia voters can get an absentee ballot application at http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/absentee_ballot_app.pdf. You will have to complete it and mail it to the specified address to be received no later than the time the polls close on election day.
Registered Florida voters face a bit more daunting challenge under the state’s new vote-by-mail processes. Go to http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/absentee-voting/ for instructions on the various options for obtaining an absentee ballot.
Registered voters in other states check your state government voter and elections web site.