Absentee and Advance Voting Frequently Asked Questions
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Once received, the absentee ballot should be voted per the instructions. The absentee ballot comes with two envelopes -- one Official Ballot (white) envelope and one with an Oath of Elector (yellow or yellow stripe), printed on the backside, and that is preaddressed. Once the voter has made the ballot selections, the procedure is as follows:
Georgia law requires that the voter make a mark if unable to sign. Disabled or elderly voters may be asked to update their registration record to ensure the latest signature or mark is on file.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications: The last day for the Voter Registrations and Elections Office to accept completed absentee applications is 5:00pm 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.
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.
Yes, by law, if the ballot has not been received by the voter in a reasonable amount of time, the voter must complete an Affidavit of Lost Ballot form (see below) stating that the original ballot was not received. Once the Voter Registrations and Elections Office has received the form, a second ballot will be mailed, but only 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 (see below), the voter can vote an electronic ballot in the office immediately.
Yes. By law, the voter must return all pages of the spoiled ballot to the Elections Office before a replacement can be provided either by mail or in person.
The outside yellow, or yellow striped, envelope and all ballot pages must be clearly marked “Spoiled”. The voter must indicate if they wish to receive a second ballot or ballot set if multiple pages.