This week, Elaine and Trenise sat down with Christopher Bruce of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia once again to get important tips and information for people as they are preparing to vote. Watch the full video and check out the tips below for what you need to know as you plan your vote.
Mail-in Voting: If you requested a mail-in ballot and:
You intend to send it in: Be sure to fill out your ballot according to the instructions and mail it back in as soon as possible. Make sure to sign it! Double check if you need postage and, if so, how much is required.
You want to drop it off: You will still need to fill out your ballot according to the instructions but you can drop it off at an official drop box location. You can find locations online via Google or you can contact your county board of elections to find a listing of official drop box locations in your county.
You want to vote in person, and you have your mail-in ballot: Bring it with you when you go vote! You will want to surrender your mail-in ballot and let the poll worker know that you would like to vote in person. They will also need to cancel your mail-in ballot. Be sure you sign the form and get confirmation that they have cancelled your ballot.
You want to vote in person, and you DON’T have your mail-in ballot: You will need to let the poll worker know that you requested a mail-in ballot and ask them to cancel the request. You will need to sign the form and get confirmation that the request has been cancelled. If you end up receiving your ballot after you vote in person, be sure to destroy and dispose of it. Do NOT complete it.
Voting in Person:
Bring a photo ID. Here is a list of approved options:
• A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
• Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services
• 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. passport ID
• Valid U.S. military photo ID
• Valid tribal photo ID
• A student ID with photo from a public (but not private) college, university, or technical college.
If you are a first time Georgia voter: You may need to take proof of where you live. Bring a copy of your lease, a bank statement, or a utility bill to prove you live and are entitled to vote at the precinct where you are voting.
Look up your early voting locations before you go vote: You have several options during early voting, and they will likely be different than your Election Day voting location. Also confirm times that the locations will be open. You may even be able to call to check on how long the lines are.
If at all possible, plan to vote during the early voting period: The days with the highest expected activity and the longest wait times are the Thursday and Friday before the election. Hopefully your experience will be easy, but with the levels of excitement about this election, your wait time may be quite long.
Do not wear anything, including buttons, hats, pins or masks etc., with candidate names or slogans including past candidates. You will not be able to vote or get within 125 feet of the building wearing any of these items.
No one is allowed to campaign or have any weapons within 125 feet of the polling location. If you see anyone violating these rules, alert poll workers.
If you see anything that looks questionable, or if you are told that you cannot vote, you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for free legal support. You may also ask for a provisional ballot.
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