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Absentee ballots available for February's primary
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ATLANTA —  Secretary of State Karen Handel reminds voters that they can request an absentee ballot for Georgia’s presidential preference primary, which will be held statewide on Feb. 5. Voters can request an absentee ballot through Feb. 1. All absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar by 7 p.m. on election day. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail.

By state law, voters are not required to provide a reason when requesting an absentee ballot, which allows the voter to participate in an election without visiting a polling location. Instead, the ballot is mailed directly to the voter.
Voters can request an absentee ballot through two methods.

1. Download and complete the absentee ballot application form from the Secretary of State’s Web site: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/. Return the completed form to your county elections office.

2. Contact your county elections office directly. Contact information for your county elections office can be found on the Secretary of State’s Web site: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/.

Citizens who are eligible to vote but have not registered may register through Jan. 7. Voter registration forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s Web site:  http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/.