Voting

 

 

1. Pledge to Vote and Invite Your Friends

Did you know that asking your friends and family to vote is the most powerful way you can make an impact on their lives? Take the Environmental Voter Pledge and our volunteers will help you reach out to friends and family and encourage them to vote in the upcoming election.

2. Register to Vote

You must be registered to vote 29 days before any Election Day in order to participate and cast your ballot. If you aren’t registered yet, you can do it today! You can find out how to register to vote here or click the button below.

3. Check Your Voter Registration Status

Even if you think you have already registered, please double check! There is nothing worse than showing up at the polls and being told you cannot vote. The Georgia Secretary of State routinely removes thousands of people from the voter rolls in “purges.” Sometimes people get removed even if they vote often, so please double-check that your registration is still active.

4. Get Ready to Vote

Be prepared to cast your vote on or before election day. You will need to know which races and candidates are on your ballot. You can view a sample ballot up to 30 days before each election by checking the Secretary of State My Voter Page website. You can find out which candidates have been endorsed by the GCV Action Fund for the next election here:

5. Decide When and Where to Vote

You don’t have to wait until election day to vote. You have three options to cast your vote: Early Voting, Vote By Mail, and Vote on Election Day.

Early Voting

You have way more places to go vote when you vote early, because you can go to any Early Voting location in your county. You can usually find early voting locations by visiting the website of the county you live in. You can find them by clicking the button below and selecting the county you live in.

Vote by Mail (a.k.a. Absentee Voting)

Vote by Mail and absentee voting are the same thing. You have to send in an application to receive your ballot. Once you get your ballot, you can fill it out and send your vote in by mail. You should apply for an absentee ballot as early as possible. Once you get your ballot, send it back by mail as soon as possible to make sure it is counted. If you can’t mail it in time, you can drop your ballot in your local county drop box. County drop boxes are locations where you can deposit your ballot safely and securely without postage or interacting with others. Remember that the number of drop boxes available have changed with the new voting law and you may not find them where they were earlier this year.

Election Day

On election day, you must vote at your designated polling precinct. This is the location printed on your voter registration card. You can also find it on the Secretary of State My Voter Page. If you choose this option, be prepared for long lines (even in a year without federal elections)! Do your best to be plan ahead and know that it could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to finish voting. Please be patient and stay in line! If you encounter any trouble, please do not leave without casting a provisional ballot. If you have problems, you can call the election protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!