Gwinnett County Elections has caught up with absentee ballot mailings, and going forward, Gwinnett voters should expect a shorter turn-around from application, to processing, to mailing.
For a number of reasons, Gwinnett voters who requested absentee ballots before September 18 may have received their ballots later than voters in other Georgia counties who also applied early.
Georgia voters were able to apply for absentee ballots beginning May 7, 180 days before the General Election, but the law and ballot prep didn’t allow mailing to begin until mid-September. The County received nearly 100,000 absentee ballot applications by the beginning of the printing and mailing process.
Gwinnett County’s printing and mailing vendor also had to acquire nonstandard envelopes in order to accommodate the required English and Spanish language text and therefore was unable to start mailing absentee ballots until a few days after other Georgia counties. Once received into inventory and put into use, the unusual-sized envelopes initially slowed production. After adjustments were made to the equipment, production increased and is now matching the rate of new applications. Gwinnett’s first mailing totaled just under 100,000 ballots. As of October 5, more than 115,000 of the 130,000+ ballots have been mailed.
Now that the first large batch has been mailed, the remainder of the ballots are being mailed at the same rate that the County is receiving applications.
Georgia voters can use the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page website to check the status of their absentee application and ballot. However, voters should note that the listed “Issued Date” is not the mailed date. The “Issued Date” is when the application was entered into the system in order to generate a ballot. The mailing date will be later than the Issued Date.
Georgia Secretary of State launches absentee ballot request website
The Georgia Secretary of State's Office has launched a new online portal for voters to request an absentee ballot.
Voters can now visit ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov to request an absentee by mail ballot for November 3 election.
The new website asks voters to enter their first name, last name, date of birth, and provide a Georgia driver's license or personal identification card issued by the State of Georgia, as well as their county of residence. The request is then sent to county election officials. When the ballots are available, voters will receive their ballot in the mail.
Please call the Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 678.226.7210 if you have any questions.
To check the status of your voter registration and see a sample ballot, visit the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov. To stay up-to-date with elections in Gwinnett, visit GwinnettElections.com and follow @GwinnettGov on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Gwinnett Elections mails confirmation notices to some voters
Some voters may receive a confirmation notice including a form from Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections.
If you receive this notice, please complete and submit the form within 30 days so your voter registration will be updated and you will remain in an Active Status. A postage paid envelope is included in the mailer.
If you choose not to complete and return the form, your registration will NOT be canceled. You will still be eligible to vote even if you are moved to an Inactive Status.
Voters most likely received this confirmation because a piece of official election mail was returned undeliverable to the Elections Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections at 678.226.7210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.