IMPORTANT VOTING UPDATES Vote In Person or Via Absentee Ballot
COVID-19 has altered many things in our lives and voting has not been excluded. I wanted to share with you certain information from our Elections Department regarding the changes that have taken place for this election cycle. This week, I have received many questions as well as comments about absentee voting and early voting.
Early Voting began this week and there were early challenges with long lines. Changes have been made as a result and new information is provided below.
Additionally, the County has received a record number of absentee ballots – 139,164 thru May 19, 2020. As a point of reference, the County only received 947 absentee ballots in the 2016 General Primary. The Elections staff has had difficulty processing the volume, but appears to have caught up and significant numbers of ballots should be reaching voters within the next few days.
The Fulton Board of Elections and the Elections Department are working hard to ensure everyone has the opportunity to vote safely and that every vote is counted while also responding to challenges and issues as they arise. As a reminder, Election Day is June 9, 2020 so please be sure to cast your vote via absentee or in-person via early voting or on Election Day.
Voting by mail is safe, secure, and socially distant.
Due to high volume, absentee ballot mailing is taking longer than usual in some cases. If you have already submitted your absentee ballot application, you may check the status of your ballot at the GEORGIA MY VOTER PAGE.
Q: How can I request an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballot applications were mailed by the Secretary of State to all Georgia voters. If you did not receive an absentee ballot application, you may download one HERE. Carefully complete your Absentee Ballot application, then return it by fax, by mail or email.
Q: When is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?
A: By law, the last day to request an absentee ballot for the June 9 election is Friday, June 5. However, residents are encouraged to request their absentee ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it arrives back to the Department of Registration and Elections offices by the closing of the polls on Election Day.
Q: How do I return by absentee ballot?
A: Voters can return their ballot by mail. Fulton County is also in the process of installing 20 ballot drop-boxes to allow voters to drop off absentee ballots for the June 9 Election. You can view all ballot box locations using our ONLINE TOOL.
Q: If I voted during early voting for the March Presidential Preference Primary, can I still request an absentee ballot?
A: Yes. If you already voted in the Presidential Preference Primary, you can still request an absentee ballot. Your ballot will only include races for the General Primary election & Nonpartisan Special Election. If you already voted in the Presidential Preference Primary, you will NOT see that election on your ballot.
Early voting is taking place at five locations until June 5, 2020.
In response to high turnout, early voting hours have been extended. Polls will now be open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Polls will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020.
Early Voting Locations:
Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
Garden Hills Elementary School Gymnasium, 285 Sheridan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305
Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349
Early Voting Reminders
Expect long lines.
Voters age 75 and older and voters with disabilities do not have to wait in line from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Request assistance from a poll worker.
Voters who requested an absentee ballot and now choose to vote at the polls will have a longer process as they must complete an affidavit before voting.
The ballot for this election is lengthy. Voters may view their ballot online in advance at the GEORGIA MY VOTER PAGE.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
Fulton County is committed to your health & safety. Several measures are in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Providing Personal Protective Equipment for all poll workers, and requiring that they wear this equipment throughout their shift.
Voters are asked to wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.
Voters will be provided a stylus for voting purposes. This will be sanitized after each voter.
Social distancing will be enforced, requiring voters to stand at least 6 feet apart.
The number of voters inside the poll at a given time will be limited to maintain social distancing.
ELECTION DAY POLLING SITE CHANGES
Fulton County voters who choose to vote on Election Day may see changes to their polling place. Locations have changed for more than 40 Election Day polling places for June 9. Check ahead to see if your poll location has changed.