Tips for Georgia voters ahead of primary election day

Ellis Davis votes in Valdosta. (Credit: Ellis Davis)

May 20, 2024

About 8% of Georgia voters have already cast their ballots in the primary election, either through in-person early voting or absentee ballots. 

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If you’re one of the 6.5 million active voters in Georgia who have yet to cast a vote, here are some reminders to ensure things run smoothly on election day:

  • Before hitting the polls, verify you are heading to the correct location through the Georgia Secretary of State My Voter Page.
  • If you arrive at the incorrect precinct after 5 p.m., ask for a provisional ballot to cast before polling places close at 7 p.m.
  • Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. As long as you are in line before 7 p.m. at your designated polling place, you will be able to cast your vote. 
  • In Georgia, employers are required to give employees 2 hours off of work to vote, but only if polls are not open two hours before or after a shift. For instance, if your shift ends at 5 p.m., the law does not require your employer to provide time off. 
  • There are currently 23,512 outstanding absentee ballots in Georgia, according to the Secretary of State. If yours is one of them, make sure to drop it off tomorrow at your precinct.
  • If you’ve been convicted of a felony but have completed your sentence, your right to vote is restored.
  • In order to vote, you will need some form of identification. Acceptable forms include a driver’s license, a valid U.S. passport, a student ID issued by a Georgia institution, a valid military photo ID, or a free voter ID card
  • If you have any questions or concerns while trying to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

Not sure who or what is on the ballot?

If you are a registered voter who wants to preview their options before election day, you can view a sample ballot here

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