Absentee Voting

** If you choose to vote by absentee ballot, please note that the December 1 election is a special election. Because of this, you must request an absentee ballot, even if you applied for absentee ballots for the entire year.


Absentee Ballot Deadlines for December 1 Special Election Runoff

  • The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is November 25, 2020.
  • Absentee ballots should be returned no later than December 1, 2020  at 7:00 PM by mail, in person, or at one of six secure drop boxes in Athens. 
  • No marked absentee ballots can be accepted at the polling locations on Election Day.


Applying for an Absentee Ballot

  • You must complete an absentee ballot application (PDF). No reason is required when requesting an absentee ballot. 
  • Your absentee ballot application must: 
    • be in writing
    • contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, 
    • contain sufficient information to identify you as a voter
    • contain the election in which you wish to vote

If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.


Submitting Your Application

You can submit a completed absentee ballot application in one of four ways:

Drop off:
155 East Washington St
Athens GA 30601

By mail:
Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 1828
Athens, GA 30603

By fax:
706-613-3840

By email as an attachment:
paula.williams@accgov.com


Deadlines for January 5 State and Federal Election Runoff (for Public Service Commissioner & U.S. Senate)

  • Thursday, December 31 - Last day that the Board of Elections can mail ballots.
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - Absentee ballots must be received by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections office by election day by 7:00 p.m. in order to be counted. 
  • No marked absentee ballots can be accepted at the polling locations on Election Day.

Submitting Your Application

Download an absentee voter application and submit it in one of three ways:

By mail:
Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 1828
Athens, GA 30603

By fax:
706-613-3840

By email as an attachment:
paula.williams@accgov.com


Ballot Drop box Locations

The Board of Elections has installed secure drop boxes for absentee ballots throughout Athens-Clarke County. For drop box locations, visit the drop box locations page.


Ballot Tracking

To find out if the Board of Elections has received your application for an Absentee Ballot, when your ballot was mailed, or if your voted ballot has been returned, view the My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

Important Reminder

Please remember when requesting a ballot by mail the following: "Except in the case of physically disabled electors residing in the county or municipality, no absentee ballot shall 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 or out-of-municipality address." Section 21-2-381(a)(1)(D)