Do You Need an ID? (Most restrictive)

Yes, voters must present one of six forms of photo ID, or a free, state-issued voter identification card.

Without ID, a voter may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if he returns to show ID within three days.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Less restrictive)

No excuse is required to mail in an absentee ballot.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Restrictive)

Georgia's constitution denies the right to vote for those convicted of crimes involving "moral turpitude" while they are in prison, on parole or probation. After that time, rights are automatically restored.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Less restrictive)

Georgia introduced a period of "advance voting" in 2011, beginning the fourth Monday before Election Day through the Friday before the election.



Absentee Voting Gets Easier

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. electorate voted by mail in 2012

Voting Early More Often

36 states allow people to vote in person before Election Day

Who Loses the Right to Vote

All but two states have laws that keep felons from voting

Voter ID Laws Gain Momentum

But many are also being challenged in court

Recent Stories

Introducing “Ballot Watch”

Who's allowed to vote? And when? As the November midterms approach, find out how voting laws are changing state-by-state in our interactive database.

Where is Voter Discrimination the Worst?

Voting discrimination persists nationwide, but the worst offenders today are still southern states with a history of blocking minorities' access to the ballot, according to a new study by the National Commission on Voting Rights.

New Voter ID Laws Hit Setbacks

Courts are pushing back against laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision. Several legal battles are still ahead.