The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reiterates the importance of college students knowing the requirements to vote in Georgia. The voter registration deadline to vote in the November General Special Election is October 11, 2016.
â€śWe are aware that voting requirements might not be clear for college students,â€ť states Richard Barron, Director of Fulton County Registration and Elections. â€śCollege students are unique because of their residency status and we encourage them to do some research before heading to the poll to vote.â€ť
Residency determines how and where college students can vote:
Fulton County Resident
If you are a permanent resident of Fulton County, on Election Day, you MUST vote at your designated precinct. If you choose to vote early, you can vote at any Early Voting site within the county.
If you are listed as a permanent resident in another Georgia county, on Election Day, you can ask for a provisional ballot, but to avoid any problems, if possible, return home to vote or complete an Absentee Ballot that can be downloaded from the Secretary of Stateâ€™s office website (make sure the ballot is returned before the deadline). If itâ€™s discovered that you are not a registered voter in Fulton County by the voter registration deadline, your provisional vote will not be counted.
If your permanent residency is listed in another state, ask your parent(s) to send you an Absentee Ballot or visit your stateâ€™s Election website to download an Absentee Ballot. Make sure the Absentee Ballot is returned before the deadline.
Required Voter ID
Bring one of these six forms of identification to vote:
- Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
- A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
- A Valid out-of-state Driverâ€™s License
- Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
- Valid U.S. passport ID
- Valid U.S. military photo ID
- Valid tribal photo ID
The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with groups and organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-3816, by fax 404-730-8839 or via email at
For more information about upcoming Elections, log on to www.fultonelections.com or call 404-730-7072.