ATLANTA (CBS46) — In less than 30 days away, several Georgia cities and counties will cast their ballot for new leadership. In Atlanta, a mayoral seat and a number of City Council seats at stake. And many voters are already gearing up to make their voices heard as early voting begins on Tuesday. 

So how can you make sure your ballot is counted? Here's your full guide to voting in 2021.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

Here's some of the ways you can make sure you are eligible to vote:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a legal resident of a Georgia county.
  • Be at least 17-and-a-half-years-old to register and 18 by Nov. 2. 
  • Ensure you are not currently service a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.
  • Ensure you have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge.

REGISTERING TO VOTE

Next, make sure that you are already registered to vote in the state of Georgia. To do that, click here and enter your information.

Requesting an absentee ballot

The last day to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 22. Request your ballot here. 

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHEN TO VOTE

Knowing when to vote is just as important as registering for it. Here's a list of important dates you'll need to know when making your vote count. 

Voting dates 2021

 

To check where you need to go to cast your vote on election day, click here.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING ON ELECTION DAY?

As voting day nears, you'll want to start thinking of how you want to vote. In Georgia, voters have the ability to vote in-person on election day, in-person before election day or by mail.

Voting in-person on election day

  • Plan to be at your designated polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.
  • Locate your polling place by clicking here and entering your information. This will vary by county. 
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID
  • If you cannot show proper ID, plan to vote on a provisional ballot.
  • Avoid clothes that shows support for a political candidate, shows the name of the candidate or bears a slogan/saying that promotes your candidate. Georgia state law bans campaigning within 150 feet of a polling location, to include attire. 

Voting in-person before election day

  • Early voting can be done at any time before Nov. 2.
  • Fill-out your ballot and drop it off at a verified drop box. 
  • Or locate your assigned early polling location by clicking here. 

Voting by mail

  • Request an absentee ballot here. You can submit the application via mail, e-mail, or fax.
  • Your absentee ballot should come with a return address. Mail your completed ballot to the designated address listed. 

Please note: All absentee ballots must arrive at your county's election office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

For more information on registering to vote and voting, click here.

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