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INFORMATION FOR VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICANTS WHO RECEIVE NOTICES THAT THEIR APPLICATION IS IN PENDING STATUS BECAUSE THE INFORMATION ON THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION FORM DID NOT MATCH INFORMATION ON FILE WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF DRIVERS SERVICES, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OR DRIVERS SERVICES’ CITIZENSHIP STATUS RECORDS
If you applied to register to vote in Georgia and received a letter from your county board of registrars stating that your application is in pending status because the information on your application failed to match your information on file with the Georgia Department of Drivers Services or Social Security Administration, you will be able to vote by absentee ballot, during early voting or on Election Day if you show an acceptable form of identification when you go to vote or when you request an absentee ballot. The acceptable forms of identification for this purpose are:
(1) A Georgia driver's license (including an expired Georgia driver’s license);
(2) Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including:
a. free Georgia voter identification card issued by your county’s registrars;
b. Georgia State ID issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
c. valid student ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university or technical school;
d. a valid out-of-state driver’s license;
e. public transit issued photo ID card; and
f. any other federal or state agency or government issued photo ID card.
(3) A valid United States passport;
(4) A valid employee photo identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
(5) A valid United States military photo identification card; or,
(6) A valid tribal photo identification card.
Once you show an acceptable form of photo identification at your polling place or early voting site, cast a ballot and receive credit for voting, your application will be changed from pending to active status.
If you are a U.S. citizen who applied to register to vote in Georgia and received a letter from your county board of registrars stating that your application is in pending status because the Drivers Services’ Citizenship Status Records reflected that you are not a citizen, you will be able to vote by absentee ballot, during early voting or on Election Day if you show acceptable proof of citizenship when you go to vote or when you request an absentee ballot. This could include a U.S. birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers, but there are other acceptable documents you can show as proof of your citizenship. Click here for a list of acceptable proof of citizenship you can show. For the November 8, 2016 election, you will need to show the proof of citizenship to a deputy registrar.
If you are in pending status, you can also choose to finalize your application now by providing the information requested in the letter you got from the registrar to your county board of registrars before you go to your polling location to vote. To confirm your current registration status, see your polling location, and get contact information for your county board of registrars, log in to the Georgia My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact your county board of registrars for assistance.