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), and the ballot must be returned by mail or in person (no emailed ballots will be accepted). If there are any errors in the voter's ballot, the voter will have three business days from receiving notice to fix the errors. 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.


First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

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

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

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey