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Absentee by Mail

Voters can download and print an absentee ballot application from the Secretary of State’s website (Absentee Ballot Application) or request an application from the Board of Elections Office.  The request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and include the voter’s name, address, date of birth, the date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot, and the voter’s signature.  During a Primary, the request must also state the voter’s party preference.

A request for an absentee ballot may be received no earlier than 180 days prior to any election.  No reason is required when requesting a ballot by mail.  The last day an absentee ballot can be mailed to a voter is the Friday prior to the election.

The application may be mailed, faxed, emailed (as an attachment) or delivered in person to the Board of Elections Office at:

1113 Usher Street, Suite 103
P.O. Box 1274
Covington, GA 30015
Fax: 770-784-2057
absentee@co.newton.ga.us

Early or Advance Voting

Beginning on the 4th Monday prior to Election Day, voters can cast a ballot in person at the Board of Elections Office during regular business hours.  The office is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Voters must complete and sign an application and provide one of the six acceptable forms of identification (Identification Requirements).  No reason is required to cast a ballot in person.

The last day to vote in office at the Board of Elections is the Friday prior to any election.  After that day, voters would need to go to their assigned polling location on Election Day in order to vote.

Election Day

On Election Day, voters can cast a ballot at their polling location between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Voters will be required to present one of the six acceptable forms of identification (Identification Requirements) in order to cast their ballot.  Voters can visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page (MVP) to locate their polling place.

Voters who do not have proper identification will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot that will only be accepted if the voter provides the required identification to the Board of Elections and Registration Office within the time period for verifying provisional ballots.

If a person votes BY MAIL, photo identification is not required.  The photo identification rules only apply to IN-PERSON voting.

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