OurCount is a movement to make sure every Black person counts, every Black community counts, and every Black vote counts. If you’re a Georgia voter, read on to learn more about how to protect your ability to vote safely in the upcoming election.
Absentee ballot requests are taking longer to process these days—don’t be disenfranchised by long wait times! You can avoid waiting in long lines and crowds by voting safely from home. Here’s what you need to know to vote safely in the June 9 election.
- Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot from the county. June 5th was the deadline to request an absentee ballot and the last day to vote early in the June 9 primary.
- Received an application for an absentee ballot? Return your completed application to county election officials ASAP by mail, fax, email, or in-person.
- Haven’t received your ballot or misplaced it? Contact your county election official to find out when you can expect it. If your ballot will not arrive in time or you have lost it, you can still vote in-person. You will be required to sign a form at your polling location before receiving a new ballot.
- Does your ballot show the old primary date? Absentee ballots were created before Georgia’s primary was postponed. Your ballot is valid for the June 9th primary.
- Received and completed your ballot? Mail back your ballot with enough time to ensure that it arrives by 7PM on June 9th. Remember to sign the envelope and add stamps. Some counties also set up secure drop boxes for voters to return ballots. Ballots must be returned in a voter’s home county.
- You can confirm and track your ballot’s status online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/.
If you decide to vote in-person on June 9, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Polling locations will be open on Tuesday, June 9 from 7AM to 7PM.
- Photo identification is required for in-person voting.
- Georgia is an open primary state, which means voters can request to vote for candidates on a Democratic, Republican, or nonpartisan ballot.
- For the first time this year, Georgia voters will use new voting equipment. Voting machines are still touchscreen, but will not store your vote. Instead, they are connected to printers that will create a paper ballot. Be sure to check your printed-out paper ballot before depositing it into the ballot scanners.