Voters with Disabilities

 

Information on Georgia's Voting System and Assistance When Voting

Every effort has been made to determine whether our polling places have basic accessibility features needed by voters with disabilities. In some cases, we may provide temporary measures such as directional or disabled parking signs, ramps, cones, or ballot call devices to make the polling place accessible on Election Day.

There are many options available to assist Georgia voters when casting their ballot. For more information on Georgia's voting system and how to receive assistance when casting your ballot, please click Secretary of State's Website.

 

Applying to Vote by Mail

A disabled voter residing inside the county may receive assistance from an adult relative to apply for an absentee ballot. The box on the application that indicates the voter is disabled must be checked, and the relative completing the application must sign the oath on the application, indicating they have assisted the voter in applying for the ballot. The voter must also sign the application, or if the voter is unable to sign make a mark. If the voter's signature or mark does not match that which is on file in the Elections office, the voter may be mailed a provisional absentee ballot and be required to provide additional information to cure the discrepancy.

A disabled or advanced-aged voter may request to receive all ballots by mail for the remaining elections with the current election cycle. This option is available for selection on all absentee ballot applications, except that special elections are not included.

 

Voting the Absentee Ballot

A physically disabled voter may receive assistance in preparing his or her ballot by any person of the voter's choice except:

The person assisting the disabled voter in preparing the ballot shall sign the oath printed on the same envelope as the oath to be signed by the voter. Georgia law requires that the voter make a mark if unable to sign the oath. If the voter's signature or mark does not match that which is on file in the Elections Office, the absentee ballot will be held in provisional status until the voter corrects the discrepancy. Voters may be asked to update their registration records to ensure the latest signature or mark is on file. Neither a Power of Attorney nor another person's signature is valid for the purpose of voting.

 

Returning the Absentee Ballot

An adult relative, caregiver, or individual residing in the household of the disabled voter may mail or personally deliver the voted ballot to the Elections Office.

The ballot may be returned by any adult person upon satisfactory proof that such adult person is the voter's mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, an individual residing in the household, or a caregiver, regardless of whether the caregiver resides in the disabled voter's household.

 

In-Person Voting

Between the hours of 9:30 am-4:30 pm, each elector who is 75 years of age or older or who is disabled and requires assistance in voting shall, upon request to a poll officer, be allowed to vote at the next available voting compartment without having to wait in line.

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