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Frequently Asked Questions

To register to vote you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote.
  • At least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 to vote.

You may NOT register to vote if you are currently:

  • Serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony.
  • Judicially determined to be mentally incompetent. 

How to Register to Vote

Note: Voter registration is a county function. Georgia counties issue precinct cards after reviewing and processing applications.

You may confirm your voter registration status through MVP.  If you have submitted a voter registration application within the prior three to four weeks and your name does not appear,  please contact your  local county registrar office  to check the status of your application.

Georgia citizens have access to several convenient methods of registering to vote:

  • Download, complete, and mail a voter registration application.
  • Contact your local county board of registrars' office  or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.
  • Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver's license at Department of Drivers Services license posts.
  • College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Change of Residence

Voters are required to notify the board of registrars of their county of residence whenever they move.

If you move within the same county in which you are registered to vote and don't notify the registrar at least 30 days prior to an election, you may vote in your old polling place for that election. You must file a notice of your new address. This can be done by writing to your county board of registrars' office , or by submitting a new voter registration application.

If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote within 30 days of an election, you may vote in your old precinct for that election.

If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote in excess of 30 days prior to an election, you have lost your eligibility to vote in the county of your old residence. You must register to vote in your new county of residence. You will be assigned a new voting precinct and polling location. Remember, if you don't register to vote by the deadline, you cannot vote in that particular election.

Precinct Cards

If you have misplaced or have not received your precinct card within three to four weeks of submitting your voter registration application, please contact your local county registration office to request a new precinct card or to check the status of your application. You may also check whether you are registered through MVP.

For more information contact:
        Secretary of State
        Elections Division
        802 Floyd West Tower
        2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
        Atlanta, Ga. 30334
        (404) 656-2871
        404-656-1787 (TDD for the hearing or speech impaired)


214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
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