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When you arrive at your polling place, you will complete a voter's certificate which asks for your name and residence address. You will then present the certificate and proper identification to the poll officials who will verify that you are a registered voter in that precinct by checking the voters list for that precinct. Voters are required to present identification at their polling place prior to casting their ballot.

Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:

  1. A Georgia driver's license, even if it has expired;

  2. Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID card issued by the county registrar's office or the Department of Driver Services (DDS);

  3. A valid United States passport;

  4. A valid employee photo identification card containing photo of elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;

  5. A valid United States military identification card, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector; or

  6. A valid tribal photo identification card containing a photograph of the elector.

NOTE: If a person votes by mail (Absentee Ballot) they do not need to provide a photo ID, provided proper identification was furnished at the time voter registered to vote. The photo ID rules only apply when voting


  1. in person during advance (early) voting;

  2. at the precinct on election day


FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card

If a voter does not have a Georgia driver's license, or other qualified ID, they can obtain either a FREE Georgia Identification Card from the Department of Driver Services or a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card at their county registrar's office.  This photo ID is to be used for voting purposes only.

Oglethorpe County registered voters who do not have one of the six (6) state approved identification cards for voting may obtain a free voter ID card at

  1. The Oglethorpe County Board of Elections and Registration Office, located at 109 E. Boggs Street (Government Complex) Lexington, Georgia  Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.;

  2. The Department of Driver Services, 1505 Highway 29 North, Athens, Georgia

In order to get a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card, a voter will need to provide the following:

  1. A photo identity document, or a non-photo identity document (must include voter's full legal name and date of birth); and

  2. Documentation showing voter's date of birth; and

  3. Evidence that voter is registered to vote in Georgia; and

  4. Documentation showing voter's name and address of principal resident.

If a voter does not have any of the forms of identification listed above, they may vote a provisional ballot upon swearing or affirming that the elector is the person identified in the elector's voter certificate.  Such provisional ballot shall only be counted if the Board of Elections and Registration is able to verify current and valid identification of the voter within three days following a primary or election.

For additional information, please visit the Secretary of State's web site at or call the Elections Division at (404) 656-2871.

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