Georgia ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Secretary of State Raffensperger has announced that all active voters will be mailed absentee ballot request forms for the primary. Any voter who hadn't cast a ballot previously can complete the ballot request and mail it (55 cent postage is required) or take a picture/scan email it to the county clerk's office. When voters receive their ballots, they will be able to vote for any races in which they did not previously cast a ballot (during early voting or absentee), but must return the ballot by mail or in person (no emailed ballots will be accepted). In-person voting will still take place.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Georgia voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.



Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey