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May 14, 2008

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Voters encouraged to get absentee ballots
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot from their county registrar by completing an application available on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
The website is:
Voters may then submit the form to their county registrar by mail or fax. Contact information for county registrars is available at
“We will likely see high turnout in this year’s general primary and general election. That could mean extended wait times at some precincts,” secretary Karen Handel said. “Absentee voting is a convenient way for voters to exercise their civic duty without having to visit a polling place on election day.”
Voters can request an absentee ballot beginning 180 days prior to an election without providing a reason. Absentee ballots will be mailed 45 days prior to federal, state, and county elections and 21 days prior to elections featuring only municipal candidates.
Voters must submit a separate absentee ballot application for each election, unless they are physically disabled, of advanced age, or exempted by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Voters participating by absentee ballot by mail are not required to provide photo identification. Absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar by election day.


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