Early Voting- By Mail and In Person

Citizens may cast an Absentee Ballot by Mail or In-Person during the Absentee Voting Period.  A voter who chooses to cast a ballot during the Absentee Voting Period is not required to provide a reason why he/she is voting Absentee.

Absentee Voting by Mail:
Voters may submit a request for an Absentee Ballot by mail as early as 180 days before an election but no later than the Friday prior to Election Day.  Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Voter Registration Office, or can be downloaded and printed by clicking HERE.

Military/Physical Disabled/65 Years or Older Voters: 
Voters may choose to submit one application and receive a ballot for all elections to be held during the year. Voters are reminded to make sure to check the box requesting all ballots on the application.

Special Note:
 A separate application must be made for the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters may request an absentee ballot in person, by fax, by e-mail or by mail. Absentee ballots are available for mailing 45 days prior to the election.

Overseas/Uniformed Services Voters:
Georgia residents serving in the Uniformed Services or residing overseas may register to vote and vote in Georgia with the use of a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

Who is a Uniformed Services Voter?
A Uniformed Services voter is a U.S. citizen who is a member of (or the spouse or dependent of a member of) the:
• Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard);
• Merchant marine;
• Commissioned corps of the Public Health Service; and
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Note: A member of the National Guard or Reserve Unit is considered a Uniformed Services voter under UOCAVA if the voter is newly activated and mobilized and will be away from his/her residence on a more permanent basis. A member in this situation can register to vote using the FPCA.

If a voter falls under the the category of an Overseas or Uniformed Services Voter, follow this link to the Overseas/Uniformed Services Voters Secretary of State Website, then follow the instructions for registering and requesting an Absentee Ballot by Mail.

Where to Send Absentee Ballot Requests:
Board of Elections and Voter Registration
1400 Parker Road, Lobby C
Conyers, GA  30094

Phone: 770-770-278-7333
Fax: 770-785-6932

Email: absentee@rockdalecountyga.gov

How to Return an Absentee Ballot:
Absentee ballots must be returned through the U.S. Mail, by the voter in person, or by a relative of a disabled voter.  Ballots can be mailed or delivered to the address listed above.

Absentee Voting In-Person:

Location:

Board of Elections and Voter Registration

1400 Parker Road, Lobby C

Conyers, GA  30094

Acceptable Forms of Identification:
Voters are required to show identification at all polling locations, including during Early Voting. Please present one of the following:

  • Valid Georgia driver’s license (even if expired)
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia government, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the State of Georgia
  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID card, issued by the County Registrar’s Office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).

If a citizen does not have one of the above acceptable forms of photo ID, the State of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card.  An ID card can be issued at the Department of Driver Services or the Voter Registration Office free of charge.

To receive a Voter ID card, the voter must provide:

  • A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
  • Documentation showing the voter’s date of birth
  • Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
  • Documentation showing the applicant’s name and residential address

For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website regarding PHOTO ID Requirements.

A first time registrant by mail may also provide one of the following additional forms of identification: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.

If the elector is a first time registrant by mail who did not provide one of the acceptable forms of ID at the time of registration, this voter must show proper identification. If the elector is unable to show identification at the time of voting they may vote a provisional ballot which will be counted only if the voter presents identification within the two day period following the election.