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Elections and Voting: Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page for elections and voting process in Gwinnett County. If you require further information regarding elections and voting that are not addressed here, please contact the Voter Registrations and Elections Division at 678.226.7210.

The Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office is located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, in Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (in the Town Center shopping center). The mailing address for the office is: Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

The office is open for general business Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

As voting continues to evolve, you’ll find a variety of ways to cast your ballot.
 
Where can I register to vote?

  • Offices where driver's licenses or ID cards are issued
  • Offices where persons apply for public assistance or which administer programs for the disabled
  • Voter Registrations and Elections Office
  • All Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • All public libraries
  • Mail-in applications and online registration are available at: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/
  • All city halls
 
What are the acceptable types of photo ID for voting?

Each elector shall present proper identification to a poll worker. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

  • A Georgia driver's license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency
  • A valid Georgia voter identification card issued under Code Section 21-2-417.1 or other valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector
  • A valid United States passport
  • A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state
  • A valid United States military identification card, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector
  • A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector

Those who are entitled to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act are exempt from this requirement.
 
How do I register with a party?

Georgia has an open primary system, therefore, registration isn’t required. At the primary elections you will be given the party ballot that you request. Currently, Georgia only recognizes two political parties; therefore, only Democratic and Republican party ballots are available at primary elections. However, you may choose a non-partisan ballot that only contains races for court officials and any county or state questions.

The primary runoff election is a continuation of the primary election, therefore, if you vote:

  • Democratic in the primary, Democratic must be voted in the runoff.
  • Republican in the primary, Republican must be voted in the runoff.

If you did not vote in the primary, or voted nonpartisan, you may choose any party in the runoff.
 
How do I vote if I can’t get to my polling place on Election Day?

  • By mail beginning 45 days prior to most elections. Applications may be completed and submitted up to 180 days prior to the election date. Ballots will be mailed as soon as possible once they are received from the printer.
  • In person beginning 21 days prior to most elections at the Voter Registrations and Elections Office. Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections office is located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
  • In person at any one of the satellite voting locations. Voting days and hours may vary throughout the year. Check here prior to voting for days and times.

Bogan Park Community Recreation Center
2723 North Bogan Road
Buford, GA 30518

Lenora Park Activity Room
4515 Lenora Church Road
Snellville, GA 30078
Dacula Park Activity Building
2735 Old Auburn Road
Dacula, GA 30019

Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center
4651 Britt Road
Norcross, GA 30093
George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway
Suwanee, GA 30024

Mountain Park Activity Building
1063 Rockbridge Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Shorty Howell Park Community Recreation Center
2750 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
 
 
Is there a provision for advanced aged and/or disabled voters who cannot not stand in line to vote?

Yes. Between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm, each elector who is 75 years of age or older or who is disabled and requires assistance in voting shall, upon request to a poll officer, be allowed to immediately vote at the next available voting compartment without having to wait in line. Additionally, every effort is made to locate a facility that is accessible to all voters. In some cases, we provide temporary modifications such as ramps, signage, and disabled parking set-ups to make the polling place accessible on Election Day.

Alternatively, a disabled or advanced aged voter may vote an absentee by mail ballot by completing one application and receiving ballots for that primary and general election and any runoffs; separate applications must be completed for special elections and presidential preference primary elections.

Please call 678.226.7210 for details.

 
Georgia has electronic voting can I vote at any polling place?

No. Precinct boundaries are created using political district lines, and voters are assigned to precincts based on residential addresses within those boundaries. If you go to a different Gwinnett County polling place, your name will not appear in the roster and you would not be voting for candidates and measures that directly affect you.
 
Why are schools used as polling locations? As a parent I feel threatened that voters are coming in and out of the school all day; there has to be another option.

It's hard to find facilities that are willing to accommodate the voters and that satisfy all of the legal requirements. It is our current policy however to not choose schools unless there is absolutely no other choice, and when possible to relocate when a facility does become available.

Do you provide language assistance at all polling locations?

Gwinnett County has recently been designated as a Section 203 jurisdiction. For County voters, beginning with the regularly scheduled elections in 2018, there will be Spanish language assistance available as well as Spanish language materials, including ballots.

Language assistance is also available at the Elections office, both oral and written, for those voters who request it.

 
What type of election equipment does Gwinnett County use?

The State of Georgia uses touch screen voting for all in in person voting.  The touch screen electronic voting system is compliant with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

Click here to view "A Voter’s Guide for Voting in Gwinnett County". 

Can I take my sample ballot or my own written voting notes into the voting booth?

Yes. It is recommended that you mark your voting choices on your Sample Ballot to be used as a reference at your polling place on Election Day. But, remember to take your sample ballot with you upon leaving the voting booth. To obtain your precinct’s specific sample ballot, visit the Secretary of State’s website. After providing identifying information about county of residence, you will be able to view sample ballot for federal, state, and county elections. To obtain a sample ballot from a city election, you will need to contact the city hall. Visit the City Information webpage for city contact information.
 
Why do I keep getting phone calls, emails, and political mail, especially from party candidates? If Georgia doesn’t require party registration how are they getting my political preferences and my contact information?

By law, personal contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses are not provided to any candidate, elected official, or marketing professional; however voter history is public information. If you have received campaign mail or solicitations it was received from some other source. If you wish to have your name removed from their lists, please contact each source respectively.

What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote if a voter's eligibility is in question and the voter would otherwise not be permitted to vote at his or her polling place. The content of a provisional ballot is no different from a regular ballot, but it is cast "provisionally" until the voter's eligibility is determined. For complete information on casting a Provisional Ballot click here.

What can I show as proof of citizenship if it’s required?

Click here
for a list of acceptable items that can be used for proof of citizenship.

Since Georgia uses electronic voting can I vote anywhere in Gwinnett, even if I don’t live here? I can vote a provisional ballot right?

No. Under Georgia law, you must be registered to vote in the county where you are attempting to vote. While you may be permitted to vote a provisional ballot in any polling place that you go to, your ballot will not count unless you are a resident in that county and found to have properly registered to vote.

If you are properly registered to vote, but choose to vote at the wrong county polling place for your residence address, your ballot would only be partially counted. District and local races would probably not count.
 
What is the purpose of Section 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act?

In 1975, Congress permanently banned the use of literacy tests and other discriminatory registration and voting practices, including English-only materials, in any election nationwide. Congress also broadened the scope of voting rights protection to include limited English proficient voters of Asian American, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native descent. Congress found these groups had historically faced, and continued to face, discrimination based on their race and ethnicity. Based on these findings, Congress enacted Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which is still in place today. More...