Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations
Secretary Handel Reminds Voters to Register to Vote for November 6 Elections
ATLANTA—Secretary of State Karen Handel today reminded voters that the deadline to register to vote and be eligible to cast a ballot in the November 6 Municipal General Election/Special Election is Tuesday, October 9.
“Over 6 million Georgians are eligible to register to vote,” said Secretary Handel. “To date, however, just over 5.14 million citizens are currently registered.”
To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day. You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.
You can download and complete a voter registration application by visiting our website at www.sos.georgia.gov/elections. You can also contact your local county registrars' office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.Voter Registration is offered when renewing or applying for a driver's license at any Georgia Department of Driver Services office. College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Secretary Handel also reminds voters that Georgia law requires registered voters to show photo identification when voting in person. This photo identification requirement applies in the November 6 Municipal General Elections/Special Elections and all future elections. When voting absentee by mail, photo identification is not required.
Voters casting ballots in person, either through early voting or on Election Day, will be required to show one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID when they vote:
·A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
·Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
·Valid U.S. passport;
·Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
·Valid U.S. military photo ID; or
·Valid tribal photo ID.
Voters who do not have a form of identification listed above are eligible to receive a FREE Georgia Voter ID from their county elections office. Over 3,585 free Voter ID cards have been provided by county registrars statewide since the law was enacted in 2006.
Voters who have questions are encouraged to call the Georgia Secretary of State’s Voter ID Hotline at 1 877 725-9797 or visit our website at www.GaPhotoID.com.