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Absentee and Advance Voting Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions about Absentee Ballot Voting. Please use the hyperlinked questions to navigate to your answer. If you require further information not addressed here, please contact Absentee Voting at absentee@gwinnettcounty.com or 678.226.7210.

1. Who can vote absentee ballot by mail? And how often do you have to apply?
Any registered voter who is eligible to vote in an election may request an absentee ballot up to 180 days preceding the election(s). The voter is not required to provide a reason but there are certain reasons that can be indicated on the application. Voting by mail allows voters to obtain and submit their ballots for any election by mail. It’s easy to request a vote by mail ballot. A request for a vote by mail ballot is election specific. The application is only valid for one election, unless the voter is disabled or of advanced age.

If a voter is unable to vote in person because of physical disability or is 65years of age or older, they can mark the designated box on the absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot for all elections for that year except in the case of a Presidential Preference Primary or any Special Election. In those cases, a separate and distinct application must be made for each election.

A new application must be submitted each year. Georgia does not have a permanent absentee voter status.


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2. How can I obtain an absentee ballot?
A completed application must first be received before an absentee ballot is issued. Please call the Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 678.226.7210 to request that an application be mailed or faxed to you, or click here to download an application.

Please complete and print the application then return it in one of the following ways:
  • Fax the application to 678.226.7275
  • Scan and email the application to absentee@gwinnettcounty.com
  • Deliver the application to the Elections Office at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville
  • Mail the application to Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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3. Can I vote in person prior to the actual election date?

Yes, it’s called advance in person voting (AIP). Just as Election Day, voters are required to complete paperwork and provide an acceptable form before being issued an electronic ballot. If you do not have the proper id with you, you may choose to vote a provisional ballot. Advance voting begins 21 days prior to most elections at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections main office, with satellite voting locations opening up the week immediately prior to the election date.

 
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4. Can a voter who lives inside city limits also vote for the city election at the county office?
Not in all cases. Contact the city hall regarding absentee and advance voting for the city.
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5. How do I return my absentee ballot?
Once received, the absentee ballot should be voted per the instructions and returned as follows:
  • If mailed by United States Postal Service mail or other delivery service (UPS, FedEx) to Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
  • Personally delivered, meaning the voter to whom the ballot was mailed and who voted the ballot may deliver the ballot to the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division office located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
For a voter who is disabled, an adult relative or an adult individual residing in the household of the disabled voter may return the ballot to the Elections Office located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 in Lawrenceville.

At no time may a voted ballot be personally delivered to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, in Lawrenceville or turned into a polling location for counting.
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6. Why does a disabled voter have to sign or make a mark on the absentee envelope when the reason for voting absentee is because of a disability?
Georgia law requires that the voter make a mark if unable to sign. If the disabled voter has not acknowledged the oath with their mark or signature, the ballot is rejected. In addition, this security feature ensures that the voter has either read or had the oath read to them by the person assisting. Disabled or elderly voters may be asked to update their registration record to ensure the latest signature or mark is on file.

A Power of Attorney is not valid for the purpose of voting. A voter’s stamped signature is not valid for the purpose of voting.
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7. Can a relative of a disabled voter make an application for an absentee ballot for the disabled voter?
An adult relative of a disabled voter residing inside the county may apply for an absentee ballot, but shall not vote for the disabled voter. The disabled box on the application must be checked, and the relative making application must sign the application appropriately.
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8. What if a relative is residing temporarily outside Gwinnett County?
An adult relative of a person who is residing temporarily outside Gwinnett County may apply for an absentee ballot, but shall not vote on behalf of the voter. Additionally, the oath on the application must be completed to include providing the relationship to the voter and verifying that the application is for a relative that is residing temporarily out of the County.
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9. What if a child is away at college?
An adult relative may apply for an absentee ballot but shall not vote for a voter who is temporarily residing outside of Gwinnett County. However, the oath on the application must be completed and signed by the relative. The college student may download the application from www.gwinnettcounty.com or the Elections Office can fax, mail, or email an application to the college student. The completed application can be returned by mail, email, or fax.
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10. Can a ballot be picked up for an individual or someone else?
No. Ballots must be mailed or voted electronically in office unless the voter is unexpectedly admitted to the hospital within the five-day period before the election. Contact the Voter Registrations and Elections Office for detailed information.
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11. Can anyone return a voted ballot?
No, by law only the voter themselves may return their voted ballot, unless the voter is disabled.

For a voter who is disabled, an adult relative or an adult individual residing in the household of the disabled voter may return the ballot to the Voter Registrations and Elections Office located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 in Lawrenceville.

At no time may a voted ballot be personally delivered to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, in Lawrenceville.
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12. Are there deadlines for absentee applications and/or absentee ballots?
Applications: The last day for the Voter Registrations and Elections Office to accept completed absentee applications is 3:00pm on the Friday before the election. The last day ballots are mailed is the Friday before the election. All applications will be processed in the order received. The Voter Registrations and Elections Office does not recommend trying to vote by mail the week prior to the election. Ballots cannot be guaranteed for delivery.

Ballots: All voted ballots must be received by 7:00pm on Election Day. Any ballot received after 7:00pm on Election Day will not be counted, regardless of when the ballot was mailed or postmarked.

Ballots will not be accepted at polling locations or satellite advance locations for counting.

The last day to vote in office is the Friday before an election. There is no absentee or advance voting on the Monday before the election or on Election Day.
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13. Can the absentee ballot be sent express mail?
Yes, if the voter pays the shipping charges, the Voter Registrations and Elections Office will express mail the ballot if there is enough time to do so before any deadlines. This process requires a prepaid express mail (or overnight mail envelope) to the Elections Office, or the account number to bill the charges to. Paying for expedited mail does not expedite the regular processing of the voter's absentee ballot application. The application will be processed in the same manner as all other applications received at the same time.
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14. The voter did not receive the ballot that was mailed. Can another be mailed?
Yes, by law, if the ballot has not been received by the voter in a reasonable amount of time, the voter must complete a form stating that the original ballot was not received and have it notarized. Once the Voter Registrations and Elections Office has received the notarized form, a second ballot will be mailed if requested.

If the voter comes into the Voter Registrations and Elections Office no later than the Friday before Election Day and completes the form, the voter can vote an electronic ballot in the office immediately.

The last day to vote in office is the Friday before an election. There is no absentee or advance voting on the Monday before the election or on Election Day.
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15. The voter made a mistake on the ballot. Can it be replaced?
Yes. By law, the voter must return the spoiled ballot to the Elections Office before a replacement can be provided either by mail or in person, regardless of how the error was made.
  • The outside yellow envelope and the ballot itself must be clearly marked “Spoiled”.
  • The voter must indicate if they wish to receive a second ballot.
  • If the voter brings the ballot into the Voter Registrations and Elections Office by the Friday immediately preceding the election, the voter can choose to vote an electronic ballot at the office or have another ballot mailed, if time permits.
  • The voter may turn the spoiled ballot into the poll on Election Day and vote an electronic ballot at the poll.
The last day to vote in the Voter Registrations and Elections Office is the Friday before an election. There is no absentee or advance voting on the Monday before the election or on Election Day.
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16. What happens if I have been issued an absentee ballot but decide I would rather vote at my precinct on Election Day?
  • If you have the ballot, you may take the absentee ballot to your poll on Election Day, turn the ballot in to the poll manager, and vote in person at the poll.
  • If the ballot has been mailed but has not been received at the Voter Registrations and Elections Office, the voter must present himself in person to the Voter Registrations and Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 in Lawrenceville sign an absentee ballot cancellation form, and receive an affidavit to take to the poll so that the voter can vote in person at the poll.
  • If the ballot has been received and accepted by the Voter Registrations and Elections Office, the ballot cannot be canceled.
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