Tuesday, Oct. 11, is the last day to register for the Nov. 8 election

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 10, 2016
File photo by Jonathan Phillips

File photo by Jonathan Phillips

People intending to vote in the Nov. 8 election need to register by the end of the day tomorrow, Oct. 11, if they want to be able to cast a ballot this year.

Oct. 11 is the last day for voter registration in Georgia before the general election. To register to vote, click here.

DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon distributed the following FAQ about voter registration in Georgia:

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Voter Registration FAQs

When is the last day to register to vote in the state of Georgia? Tue Oct 11, 2016 is the last day you can register to vote in the state of Georgia.

How old must I be to register to vote in the election? You can register at 17 ½ but you must be 18 years old or older on or before Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016 to vote.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen in order to register to vote? Yes

Where can I register to vote in Georgia? You can register to vote or make changes to your current status online athttps://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button.  Also, voters may use their smart phones to register by downloading the app “GA SOS.” You may also visit your local county board of registrar’s office or election office, or any state or governmental office such as a public library, public school, county or municipal clerk’s office, and government revenue office.

What documents do I need to register to vote in Georgia? You do not need any documents to register if you do so online with a Georgia driver’s license/ID or in person at the registrar’s office.  If you mail your application and you are registering in Georgia for the first time, you must provide ID with your application and if not, before or at the time you vote.

Do I need to re-register if I’ve moved? Notify your board of registrars of your new address by the fifth Monday prior to the election (Oct. 11, 2016 for the 2016 general election since Monday is a federal holiday). If you have not notified the board of registrars of your new address by this date, you should vote in your OLDprecinct if you have not changed counties.  If you move between counties before the deadline and fail to change your registration, you are ineligible to vote.

I was previously convicted of a felony. Can I register to vote? Yes, you must have completed your sentence including any probation or parole and must register by the deadline.

I know someone who’s mentally impaired/disabled. Can they vote? Yes, unless his/her voting rights have been removed by the court.

I am a student. Can I register to vote at my school residence address? Students attending college in Georgia may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.

I live abroad. How do I register to vote? UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) https://www.fvap.gov/georgia.

I am in the armed forces. How do I register to vote? UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) https://www.fvap.gov/georgia.

I just moved to a new state yesterday. Can I register to vote in that state right now? If you moved before the “fifth Monday prior to the election” (Oct. 11, 2016 for the 2016 general election since Monday is a federal holiday), you are required to register to vote in your new county or municipality by the registration deadline or you will not be allowed to vote.  If you moved after the deadline or failed to timely submit your application, you should check with the state of your previous residence for rules on voting there. You should fill out a registration application for the next election.

Can I put a P.O. Box address or a school mailbox address as my permanent address? No. Your form will not be processed if you put a P.O. Box as your permanent address. For districting purposes, you must put a physical address.

For a mailed-in application, when I printed my completed online voter register form, I realized a piece of my personal information (email, phone, address, etc.) was incorrect. What should I do? Your mail-in form is not processed until you’ve printed, signed and mailed it in. You can make corrections on the printed form before mailing.

If I need to mail my application, what do I do if I completed the online voter registration form, but do not have a printer? Complete a paper voter registration form at your local board of elections, DMV, post office, or public library.

I may already be registered but I don’t know. How do I know if I’m registered to vote? You can check your voter registration by checking the Georgia “My Voter Page”on the Georgia Secretary of State’s Website or calling https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.

About Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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