We’ve compiled an index of some of the major elected positions in state and local government and their functions to help you prepare to vote and become acquainted with how state and local government impacts your life and your community.
Cast a vote by provisional ballot if there is uncertainty regarding your registration status or eligibility.
Receive assistance when voting if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English; and you have a right to choose who assists you, so long as they are not your employer or union representative.
Under Georgia law, you have a right to:
Vote if you are in line by the time polls close.
Vote free from intimidation.
Vote and cast a regular ballot even if you are on the “inactive voters” list. In fact, voting is one of the ways to return to active status.
Ask to vote by provisional ballot if there is uncertainty regarding your registration status or eligibility.
Avoid waiting in line. If you are 75 years of age or older or have a disability and you are at your polling place between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you will not be required to wait in line. Tell a poll worker if you want to move to the front of the line. For information on the accessibility of your polling place, please contact your county elections office.
Receive assistance when voting if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English. You can choose who assists you, as long as they are not your employer or union representative.
Vote after serving a felony conviction if you have served your entire sentence, including probation or parole. The right to vote is automatically restored once the sentence is complete.
When voting in-person on Election Day, you will be asked to present one of the following forms of ID:
Georgia driver’s license (even if expired)
Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID
Valid U.S. passport
Valid U.S. military identification card
Valid tribal photo ID
Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal, Georgia, local government or other entity of the state.
A free voter identification card issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services Office
Unable to show one of the acceptable forms of ID?
You can cast a provisional ballot if you are unable to show one of the acceptable forms of ID. However, for your vote to count, you have three days after the election to present appropriate photo identification at the county registrar’s office.
Have you experienced or observed voter suppression efforts (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, intimidation, or local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day)?
LDF’s Voting Rights Defender (“VRD”) project broadens monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures that warrant a responsive action.
VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.
Disclaimer: The information here is a resource and not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and not as a substitute for or supplement to the legal advice necessary to address the specific concerns of any individual. Moreover, Georgia may revise its laws after the publication of this site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to determine how all applicable laws concerning voter registration, voting, and the restoration of voting rights in Georgia affect you.