There was a time here in the Atlanta area when voting absentee was more difficult and you had to meet strict criteria. And then sometimes people didn’t know for sure if they would be in town or not.
Atlanta is the capitol of Georgia and is located in Fulton County. There are 159 counties in Georgia; and while the votes will eventually end up in the Secretary of State’s office in Atlanta, each county has a voter registration office; and you can find information by doing an Internet search for your particular county. They are your best source of information.
These were/are provided for people who for some reason or another would not be able to vote in their precinct in person because of traveling out of the area, illness, handicapped individuals, or the elderly. There is an even broader leniency today.
According to the Voter registration office these are the current rules; and information how you can obtain your ballot.
A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he/she is voting absentee.
You may vote an absentee ballot if you qualify for one of these code descriptions.
You will be out of your precinct from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on election day.
You are 75 years of age or older.
You are unable to vote in person because of a physical disability.
You are an election official.
You are observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person
You are unable to be present at the polls because you are a public servant and are required to remain on duty in your precinct from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day for the protection of life, health, or safety of the public.
You are required to give constant care to someone who is physically disabled.
You are a citizen of the United States permanently residing outside the United States, were last domiciled in Georgia, and are not domiciled or voting in any other state.
You are allowed to vote for the following Federal offices: President, Vice-President, United States Senator, or Representative in Congress.
You are a citizen of the United States temporarily residing overseas.
You are a member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines of the United States, or a spouse or dependent of the member, on active duty residing overseas.
You are a member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines of the United States, or a spouse or dependent of the member, on active duty residing stateside.
You may vote using an absentee ballot by mail and not required to provide a reason (BY MAIL ONLY)
NOTE: The Absentee Ballot will be mailed to Your Address as Registered.
Casting your absentee ballot in advance:
An elector may cast an absentee ballot in person at the registrar’s office during the period of Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the date of the primary election, or primary run-off or election, without having to provide a reason.
How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Remember the primary elections come before the General Election.
Absentee ballots must be signed and received by the county board of registrars’ office on or before Election Day – no absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election.
Applications for absentee ballots by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in which a federal candidate appears on the ballot as well as for any runoffs resulting therefore including presidential preference primaries for two general elections.
You may download an absentee ballot application in PDF format and mail it or fax it or deliver it to your county board of registrars’ office.
The application must be in writing and contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote – no reason is required when requesting an absentee ballot by mail.
If you are applying for a primary ballot, you must designate a political party.
If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.
Also, if you are 75 or older or disabled, you may (if you desire) complete one application and receive absentee ballots for the primary, runoff, general, and general runoff. You must complete a separate absentee application for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Please note that the last day to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Friday prior to the election date. You may vote an absentee ballot in person through the close of business on the Friday prior to the election.
Applying online: http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/registration-elections