Application to Request Absentee Ballot
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. It’s best to apply as soon as possible, the deadline is the Friday immediately preceding the Election Day.
NOTE: Except in the case of physically disabled electors residing in the county or electors in custody in a jail or other detention facility in the county no absentee ballot shall be mailed to an address other than the permanent mailing address of the elector as recorded on the elector's voter registration record or a temporary out-of-county address. If you are unsure of address information on file you may visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or call the Elections Office at 678.226.7210. Call volume increases due to upcoming elections, so you may need to leave a voice mail.
Apply for an absentee ballot request in one of several ways:
- Visit BallotRequest.SOS.GA.gov
- Print, sign, and return one of these forms English General/Special Election Ballot Application or Spanish General/Special Election Ballot Application
- Email Absentee@GwinnettCounty.com
- OR call 678.226.7210 to request an application be mailed
Return your completed and signed absentee ballot application:
- Mail or hand-deliver to Voter Registrations and Elections, 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville GA 30046
- Fax it to the Elections Office at 678.226.7208
- Scan and email it to Absentee@GwinnettCounty.com
If your original absentee ballot is lost, spoiled, damaged, marked in error or you wish to cancel your absentee ballot so that you may vote in person, please print the Cancellation of Absentee Ballot (English/Español), complete the form, and return it to Gwinnett Voter Registrations & Elections, 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville GA 30046.
For more information, read these Absentee Voting Frequently Asked Questions.
Absentee Ballot Application and Status
To check on the status of 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. The My Voter Page website provides the following information:
- Voter registration status
- Absentee application and ballot status
- Poll location
- Advanced voting locations
- Elected officials
- Registration information on file with the county office
- Sample ballot
Track My Absentee Ballot
How to Vote Your Absentee Ballot
- Use a black or blue ink pen
- Completely fill in the oval to the left of the candidate’s name or issue (if it’s a yes or no question).
DO NOT MAKE A CHECK MARK OR “X” IN THE OVAL
- 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 decide to vote in person, you must surrender your absentee ballot to the poll official. The ballot will be cancelled and you will be allowed to vote an electronic ballot.
- If you decide to vote in person, but don’t have your ballot with you, you may still vote at a polling location. Poll officials will assist you in completing the Cancellation of Absentee Ballot (English/Español) and the poll official will record the transaction in a log.
- See Absentee Ballot instructions (English / Spanish)
Using the Ballot Envelopes
- Place your voted absentee ballot only in the oath and privacy envelopes provided. If you are missing an envelope, please call the Elections Office at 678.226.7210.
- Do not place another person’s voted ballot in the envelopes.
- Carefully follow instructions for the oath envelopes.
- If the ballot is more than one page, ensure you enclose all the pages that contain your votes.
- Sign or make your mark in the oath where indicated. 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.