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Absentee Voting in Georgia is now open to anyone who wishes to vote before the scheduled Primary, Election or runoff Day. Any elector may within 180 days prior to the date of the primary, election, or runoff apply for an absentee ballot of the elector's precinct by mail, fax, electronic transmission, or in person at the Board of Elections and Registration Office without providing a reason for such application. The application must

  • Be in writing

  • Provide proper identification of the elector

  • Show the permanent or temporary address of the elector to which the absentee ballot is to be mailed

  • Specify the primary, election, or runoff the elector wishes to vote

  • Provide the name and relationship of the person requesting the ballot if other than the elector

If the elector is unable to fill out or sign the application because of illiteracy of physical disability, the elector must make such elector's mark, and the person filling in the rest of the application shall sign his or her name below it as a witness.

Electors 65 years or age or older or disabled may request in writing one application for a

  • a primary ballot

  • a primary runoff ballot 

  • a ballot for the following general election

  • a ballot for any runoff resulting from the general election.

However, a separate application shall be required for an absentee ballot involving presidential preference primaries.

Except in the case of physically disabled electors residing in Oglethorpe County, no absentee ballot will 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.

Requesting an absentee ballot

By Mail: Board of Elections and Registration, P.O. Box 190, Lexington, Ga. 30648

By Fax: (706) 743-3514

By Email: Click here for email

Voting an Absentee Ballot

When the elector has completed the ballot, it may be delivered by the elector in person or mailed to the Oglethorpe County Board of Elections and Registration.

If an elector delivers the absentee ballot to the Board of Elections and Registration in person during the period when early voting is permitted, the elector may leave the completed ballot with the ballot clerk or request the ballot be cancelled and cast his or her ballot using the direct recording and electronic voting machine (DRE) provided.

Electors are not required to include any identification when voting absentee by mail provided the elector's identity was established at the time he or she registered to vote.

Absentee ballots must be received by the office of the Board of Elections and Registration by 7:00 P.M. (close of the polls) on the primary, election or runoff day in order to be counted. Exception: A registrar may deliver on the day of the primary, election, or runoff; an absentee ballot to an elector confined in a hospital, and such elector may then and there vote the absentee ballot.

Electors Residing Outside the United States

Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), U.S citizens, as defined below, may register and vote absentee in elections for Federal office. These groups include:

  • Members of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine)

  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Eligible family members of the above

  • U.S. citizens employed by the Federal Government residing outside the U.S., and 

  • All other private U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all primaries, runoffs, and general elections involving Federal candidates, and any other elections for which you are eligible. Even if you are already registered to vote, you should use the FPCA to request absentee ballots.

To obtain your FPCA please go to

You must complete, sign, and submit the form as follows:

  • Email (attachment): Click Here for Email

  • Fax: (706) 743-3514 

  • U.S. mail: The Board of Elections and Registration, P.O. Box 190, Lexington, GA 30648

Challenge of Persons Voting Absentee Ballots

Any elector in the county may challenge the right of any other elector of the county, whose name appears on the list of electors to vote an absentee ballot if such elector cast an absentee ballot prior to 5:00 PM on the day before the election.

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