How to Vote in the 2022 General Election in Georgia


Here’s how to vote if you have special circumstances, like a disability, or if you’re homeless or in jail, or if you’re out of state or abroad.

In all these situations, you will always need a voter’s card vote in Georgia. Voter identification requirements are different depending on whether you are voting in person or by mail. You can check voter ID requirements for each case here.

If you want to vote in person and don’t have ID, you can still vote! You can get a free voter identification card from any Georgia County Elections Office or Department of Driver Services office. For more information, Click here.

Once you are sure you can obtain the necessary identification to vote, you should always ensure that you are aware of any special circumstances, requirements or adaptations to your situation.

With a disability

Georgia law requires every county to provide accessible polling stations for people with disabilities. Provisions for people with disabilities include:

  • Headsets for the deaf or hard of hearing
  • Large controls and housings for sipping and puffing devices for people with reduced mobility
  • Using an app on your phone to read the ballot. However, all photos from your ballot must be removed before you can leave the polls.

If you are a disabled person, you do not have to wait in line. You also have the right to in-person voting assistance if you cannot see the ballot, mark it, operate the voting machine, or enter the voting booth unaided.

There are restrictions on who can help you on the ballot. This cannot be your employer or anyone related to your employer, an officer or agent of your union, a candidate or a relative of a candidate.

To learn more about voting with a disability, Click here.

If you are in a precarious situation or without housing

You have the right to vote regardless of your housing situation. If you need a place to register to vote, public libraries are great resources. They’ll walk you through the process and waive computer fees.

If you regularly stay in a place that has a civic address, even if you don’t consider that place your home, you can register to vote using that address as your residence and mailing address. If you can’t get to your polling station, you can go to the polls for free.

If you don’t stay anywhere with an address, you can use a park or a street. If this is your case, you cannot register to vote online, but you can register on paper and send it by post.

If you go this route, you will still need a mailing address on file with the Secretary of State’s office. If there is a shelter, friend or relative, church or charity that will allow you to receive mail at their address, use it. There are also post box services for the homeless.

For more information, Click here.

Want to know where the candidate for US Senate, governorship and other elected positions stands on housing affordability and access? Read their responses in our Georgia Decides election guide.

If you are incarcerated awaiting trial or trial

If you are in jail, you may still be able to vote. If your case is pending or you are serving time for a misdemeanor, you can vote. You will need to apply for an absentee ballot and you will also need a valid voter card.

If you have been convicted of a felony and are awaiting transfer to a state prison, you cannot vote.

If you are overseas or in the military

You have the right to vote wherever you are in the world. You can vote abroad under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). You can obtain an absentee ballot either electronically or by mail.

Use the Federal Postcard Application register to vote and request mail-in ballots. Even if you are already registered to vote, you must use it to request mail-in ballots.

Complete, sign and submit the form to yourcounty registrar’s officeas an e-mail attachment, by fax or by US mail. Even if your ballot does not arrive on election day, it will be counted if it arrives within three days.

If you do not receive your requested absentee ballot, you may receive a Federal Emergency Mail-in Ballot.

If you go to school outside of Georgia

If you’re in college and trying to vote in Georgia, first and foremost you need to make sure your voter registration is up to date. Every time you move, even if it’s just down the hall, you will need to update your voter registration.

If you are at school outside of Georgia, you need to determine what your voting address will be on Election Day. Don’t forget that you will be voting with a postal vote. You will receive the ballot in the mail and you want to make sure it goes to the right place.

If you have a permanent address at your school and you know that’s where you’ll be living when the next election comes around, use it. If you will be back on campus when the next election comes around, you can get an absentee ballot mailed to your school’s address.

If you won’t be at your school’s address when the next election comes around and you don’t know where you will be, you may need to check early voting dates and see if something will work for you.


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