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Absolutely! Every valid absentee ballot is counted. Be sure to sign the envelope when you return your absentee ballot. The Elections Office must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive in time, drop it off in person. All Absentee ballots are counted on Election Night along with all of the votes cast in person during Early Voting and at the polls. Unofficial Results are released before the staff can leave on Election Night. Military and Overseas Citizens' ballots that are received Wednesday through Friday, and were postmarked by Election Day, are added on Friday. The results become Official after they are certified.
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An adult relative of a disabled voter residing inside the county may apply for an absentee ballot, but shall not vote for the disabled voter. The disabled box on the application must be checked, and the relative making application must sign the application appropriately.
Only a physically disabled or illiterate voter can receive assistance in preparing his or her ballot from one of the following: any elector who is qualified to vote in the same county or municipality as the disabled or illiterate voter; an attendant care provider or a person providing attendant care; or the mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of the disabled or illiterate voter. The person giving assistance to the disabled or illiterate voter in preparing the ballot must sign the oath printed on the same envelope as the oath to be signed by the voter. In addition, no person may assist more than ten voters in any election in which there is no federal candidate on the ballot. If a federal candidate appears on a ballot, a person can assist an unlimited number of voters in that election.
A completed application must first be received before an absentee ballot is issued. Please call the Elections Office at 770-267-1337 to request that an application be mailed or faxed to you, or click here to download an application. Don’t forget to select a party if you are requesting an absentee ballot for a Primary Election.Please complete and sign the application and return it in one of the following ways:
No, by law only the voter themselves may return their voted ballot, unless the voter is disabled. For a voter who is disabled, an adult relative or an adult individual residing in the household of the disabled voter may return the ballot to the Elections Office located at 1110 E Spring St, Suite 100 in Monroe.
Applications: The last day for the Elections Office to accept completed absentee applications is 5:00pm 11 days prior to Election Day.
Ballots: All voted ballots must be received by 7:00pm on Election Day. Any ballot received after 7:00pm on Election Day will not be counted. Ballots will not be accepted at polling locations for counting.
The last day to vote during Advance Voting is the Friday before Election Day. There is no absentee or advance voting on the Monday before the election or on Election Day.
Yes, by law, if the ballot has not been received by the voter in a reasonable amount of time, the voter must complete a form stating that the original ballot was not received. Once the Elections Office has received the form, a second ballot will be mailed if requested.
You must provide a driver's license or Georgia State ID number and date of birth. If you do not have one of those, you may provide a copy of passport, Georgia Voter ID (provided by your county Voter Registration & Elections office), Government issued ID, state or university school ID, bank statement, or utility bill showing your registered address.
If you do not provide the proper identification or sign the ballot, it will be rejected and a letter mailed to you with further instructions.
You must file a separate application for each election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot. You may file your application no more than 78 days prior to the Date of the Election. If a physically disabled voter or a voter 65 years of age or older makes a written request to receive an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, Primary Runoff, General Election, or General Runoff, he or she will receive ballots without having to ask again by checking the appropriate box on the application. This will be in effect for the remainder of the regular election cycle and will not apply to Special Elections. Please call 770-267-1337 for more information.