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Absentee & Early Voting

ABSENTEE & EARLY VOTING

Citizens may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in-person.

Absentee Voting by Mail:
A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he or she is voting absentee. Voters may submit a request for an absentee ballot by mail as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Voter Registration Office, or can be downloaded/printed by clicking HERE.

Military/Physical Disabled/75 Years or Older Voters: 
Voters may choose to submit one application and receive a ballot for all elections to be held during the year. Voters are reminded to make sure to check the box for all ballots on the application.

Special Note:
A separate application must be made for the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters may request an absentee ballot in person, by fax, or by mail. Absentee ballots are available 45 days prior to the election.

Overseas/Military Voters:
Georgia residents serving in the Uniformed Services or residing overseas may register to vote and vote in Georgia.

Who is a Uniformed Services Voter?
A Uniformed Services voter is a U.S. citizen who is a member of (or the spouse or dependent of a member of) the:
• Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard);
• Merchant marine;
• Commissioned corps of the Public Health Service; and
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Note: A member of the National Guard or Reserve unit is considered a Uniformed Services voter under UOCAVA if the voter is newly activated and mobilized and will be away from his/her residence on a more permanent basis. A member in this situation can register to vote using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

If a voter is military personnel or a spouse or dependent of military personnel or civilian residing overseas, see the Overseas/Military Voters link, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/uocava.htm and follow the instructions for requesting a Mail-Absentee Ballot.

UOCAVA Voters May Now Submit a Request for Absentee Ballotby Email at: absentee@rockdalecounty.org.

Where to Send Absentee Ballot Requests:
Absentee Ballot Requests may be made and returned to the following:
Board of Elections / Voter Registration
1400 Parker Road, Lobby C
Conyers, Georgia 30094
Phone: 770-770-278-7333
Fax: 770-785-6932

How to Return an Absentee Ballot:
Absentee ballots must be returned through the U.S. Mail, by the voter in person, or by a relative of a disabled voter, in order to be counted.  Ballots should be mailed/delivered to the address listed above.

Forms of ID Accepted:
Showing identification at the polling place is now required. Please present one of the following:

  • Valid Georgia drivers license (even if expired)
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia government, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the State of Georgia
  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID card, issued by the County Registrar's Office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).

    If a citizen does not have one of the above acceptable forms of photo ID, the State of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card.  An ID card can be issued at the Department of Driver services Office free of charge.

    To receive a Voter ID card, the voter must provide:

  • A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
  • Documentation showing the voter's date of birth
  • Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
  • Documentation showing the applicant's name and residential address.

    For more information, visit the Secretary of State website at http://sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/default.htm

    A first time registrant by mail may also provide one of the following additional forms of identification: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.

    If the elector is a first time registrant by mail who did not provide one of the acceptable forms of ID at the time of registration this voter must show proper identification. If the elector is unable to show identification at the time of voting they may vote a provisional ballot which will be counted only if the voter presents identification within the two day period following the election.

    Where to Vote In-Person
    Board of Elections / Voter Registration
    1400 Parker Road, Lobby C
    Conyers, Georgia 30094
    Phone: 770-278-7333