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2020 Georgia primary runoff election guide

What you need to know for the August 11 primary runoff election.

ATLANTA — Following the June 9 general election primary, there are runoff elections in 94 counties, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

Early voting has now ended in each of those contests. In-person voting for the runoff takes place on Tuesday, August 11.

Here are answers to common voting questions:

Do I need to register to vote in the runoff? 

If you were not registered before the June 9 primary election, you will not be able to vote in the runoff election.

If I did not vote in the primary, may I vote in the runoff?

If you were already registered to vote but did not vote in the primary election, you can vote in the runoff election. Check your voter status at the Secretary of State's My Voter Page.

Where can I vote during the runoff?

On Tuesday, August 11, voters wishing to vote will have to vote in their regular precinct. Voters can find their precinct location on the Secretary of State's My Voter Page.

Precinct information in the metro area is listed as follows:

Do I need photo ID to vote? 

Photo identification is required by law, before casting a ballot in person in Georgia. 

The state’s photo ID law allows registered voters to show:

  • a state driver’s license -- even if it’s expired
  • 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)
  • a valid U.S. passport
  • a photo employee ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government, state government or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
  • a valid U.S. military photo ID
  • a valid tribal photo ID.

If you do not have one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification noted above, the state of Georgia offers a free ID card that can be issued at any county registrar's office or Department of Driver Services.

To obtain a free voter identification card, the voter must provide a photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document which includes full legal name and date of birth; documentation which shows the voters date of birth; evidence that the applicant is a registered voter; and documentation showing the applicant's name and residential address.

If I haven't turned in my absentee ballot yet, can I drop it off on Election Day?

Absolutely! You may drop your ballot off in person at the Board of Electors or at a designated drop box in your county on Election Day BEFORE the polls close. 

When the county registrar's office receives your ballot, the information on the oath envelope will be verified and the registrar will compare your signature to your voter registration card and your absentee application.

The ballot and envelope are then separated to ensure the confidentiality of the ballot.

A voter can verify that their ballot has been accepted by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Page. After logging in, check the line in the left-hand column marked "Click here for Absentee Ballot status."

A box will appear with the information regarding the latest absentee ballot submitted. It will indicate when the request was received by the county, when the ballot was issued, when that ballot was received back from the voter and the ballot's status -- whether it was accepted or rejected. If the ballot was rejected, it will indicate a reason.

If your absentee ballot has been challenged, the ballot remains with the envelope, is not counted, and the reason indicated on the envelope, along with the appropriate section of the My Voter Page.

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