What is the process to obtain an Absentee Ballot?
- Apply for an absentee ballot by downloading the form or calling the Elections and Registration office to request one at 770-288-6448 or download here. Make sure the form is filled out completely including the signature. Upon completion, send it to us by mail or fax at 770-288-6468.
- Once you receive your ballot, vote it and return it to us as soon as possible.
What is the process for counting Absentee Ballots?
Absentee Ballots are not counted until election night along with the other votes. Absentee Ballots from Military and Overseas Citizens may also be counted on the Friday after Election Day as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Ballots from all other voters must reach us by 7:00pm on Election Night in order to be counted.
Why do I sometimes get a ballot automatically and other times I have to apply?
Georgia law allows us to send some ballots automatically:
- If you are 65 years old or older, or if you are disabled, when you apply for a ballot for a Primary, and you request "All ballots as allowed by law", we will also automatically mail you a ballot for the Primary Runoff, the General Election, and the General Runoff. (Note: You must select a party for a Primary, or we will have to call or mail you a letter before we can proceed.) You always have to apply separately for any Special Elections and for the Presidential Preference Primary.
- If you are a Military or Overseas Citizen, and you apply for an absentee ballot and request "All ballots as allowed by law", we will send you ballots for Primaries, Runoffs, General Elections and the Presidential Preference Primary through two Federal Election cycles, or generally 4 years. You always have to apply separately for any Special Election. If you leave the military or are no longer living overseas, please notify our office.
- All other voters have to apply each time they want to receive an absentee ballot.
Can I be confident that my Early/Absentee/Advance ballot will count?
Yes. All Absentee ballots are counted Election Night along with all of the votes cast in person during Early Voting, Advance Voting and at the polls. Unofficial Results are released before the staff can leave on Election Night. Military and Overseas Citizens' ballots that are received Wednesday through Friday, and were postmarked by Election Day, are added on Friday. The results become Official after they are certified by the Henry County Board of Elections & Registration on the Friday following the Election.
What is the process for obtaining an Absentee Ballot for my son or daughter who is away at college?
Your son or daughter may download the application themselves and fax or mail it to us. Or you may apply on his or her behalf, and sign your name and your relationship. In either case, the ballot will be mailed to the student’s address at college. Of course if he or she will be in town during the Early or Advance Voting periods, he or she is welcome to come in and vote in person.
If your child has already received a ballot by mail, and then it turns out he or she is in town, your student should bring the mailed ballot in when he or she comes to vote in person.
Can I return an Absentee or Vote-by-Mail ballot for someone else?
The elector shall mail or personally deliver the sealed envelope to the board of registrars (40 Atlanta Street, McDonough,) or absentee ballot clerk, provided that delivery by a physically disabled elector may be made by an adult person upon satisfactory proof that such adult person is such elector’s family member or resident of the same house hold by 7:00pm on Election Night. CANNOT BE TURNED IN AT A POLLING LOCATION.