Absentee Voting by Mail
Absentee Voting by Mail
Absentee By Mail Voting Frequently Asked Questions
Important Absentee Voting by Mail Information
Absentee ballots may be requested up to 180 days prior to an election. A completed application must first be received before an absentee ballot is issued.
Download the absentee or advance by mail ballot application or contact the Voter Registrations and Elections Division at 678.226.7210 to request an application by mail or fax.
Absentee Ballot Applications
Online applications must be downloaded, signed, and returned to the Voter Registrations and Elections Office before an absentee ballot is issued. Voters can submit the application using one of the following methods:
- Scan and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 678.226.7275 or 678.226.7208
- Deliver in-person or mail to: Voter Registrations and Elections Division office at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville GA, 30046
Applications are accepted and processed until 5:00p.m. on the Friday prior to the Election Date. There is no guarantee on delivery time from the postal service; therefore, waiting that late to apply may limit your ability to receive, vote and return the ballot.
Please note that the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, is not a voting location. Voted ballots may not be mailed or hand delivered there.
Absentee Ballot Status
To check on the status of either a request for an absentee ballot or the absentee ballot itself, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. You will be required to provide identifying information and county of residence. Once the system locates your registration record, the MVP website provides the following information:
- Voter registration status
- Mail-in application and ballot status
- Poll location
- Advanced voting locations
- Elected officials
- Registration information on file with the county office
- Sample ballot for the upcoming election
How to Vote Your Absentee Ballot
- Use a black or blue pen
- Completely fill in the oval to the left of the candidate’s name or issue (if a yes or no question).
- Only fill in the oval for the number of votes you may cast in one race, i.e. vote for one, vote for two. If you fill-in more than allowed, that race will not be counted on your ballot.
- Do not write in a name that is already listed on the ballot.
- The ballots for some elections contain more than one page. Ensure you review and vote all of your choices on all pages.
- If you desire to vote at your polling place, you must surrender your absentee ballot at your poll. The ballot will be cancelled and you will be allowed to vote an electronic ballot at the poll.
- If you do not have your ballot with you, you may still vote at the polling location. Poll officials will know how to handle it.
Using a Return Envelope for Your Absentee Ballot
- Place your voted ballot only in the envelopes provided. Do not place another person’s voted ballot in the envelopes.
- Carefully follow instructions for return envelopes.
- If the ballot is more than one page, ensure you enclose all that pages that contain your votes.
- Sign or make mark on the oath. If a voter cannot sign his/her name, the voter must still make a mark on the signature line.
- If the voter received assistance in voting the ballot, the person assisting must also sign where indicated.
- If your original ballot is lost, spoiled, damaged, or marked in error, please call 678.226.7210 for instructions.
- Cancellation of Absentee Ballot (English/Español)
Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot
- You must return your voted ballot in the envelopes provided. If you are missing an envelope, please call the Elections Office.
- You may return your ballot by mail, express delivery, or personally deliver your own voted ballot to the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office.
- You may drop your ballot at one the county advance in person voting locations during the time those locations are in operation.
- By Georgia Law, ballots may not be returned to the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office by anyone other than the voter, unless the voter is disabled.
- Voted ballots may not be faxed or electronically submitted for counting.
- No voted ballots may be turned in at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, or any Election Day polling location for counting.
- All voted ballots must be received in the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office by 7:00pm on election night to be counted. An exception for Military and Overseas citizens, please see the link for Military/Overseas voting.
- Please contact the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office for additional details regarding the return of absentee ballots.