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. Complete the form online or contact the Voter Registrations and Elections Division at 678.226.7210 to request an application by mail or fax.
Online applications must be downloaded, signed, and returned to the Voter Registrations and Elections Division 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: Voter Registrations and Elections Division office at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville
- Mail: Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Voters have until 7:00pm on Election Day to return their ballot by mail to Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 or personally deliver their own ballot to the main elections office.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Please ensure you write your year of birth and not the current year.
- Sign the oath. If a voter cannot sign his/her name, the voter must still make a mark on the signature line. Note: Neither a power of attorney nor a signature stamp is acceptable.
- 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 and Spanish)
Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot
- You must return your voted ballot in the envelopes provided.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Please contact the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office for additional details regarding the return of absentee ballots.
Top Reasons Why Your Absentee Ballot Would Not Be Counted
- No signature: You did not sign or make a mark on the yellow oath envelope where indicated.
- ID not provided: You did not provide ID if it was required.
- Unnecessary marks: You signed or initialed your ballot.
- Unauthorized envelope: You did not use the yellow oath envelope provided. If you lose your envelope or it’s missing, contact the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office for a replacement.
- Unauthorized return: Someone other than yourself hand-delivered your ballot to the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office and you are not disabled.
- Multiple voted ballots returned in one set of envelopes.
- You turned your ballot into a polling location for counting. By law, voted ballots cannot be counted at a polling location.
- You printed the current date and not your date of the birth on the oath.
- You did not provide the address information on file on the yellow oath envelope. A business address, post office box or any other address not on file will be cause for rejection of the ballot.