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2020 General Primary FAQs

2020 General Primary Frequently Asked Questions

1)      I received a “Secure the Vote” branded red and blue envelope that says “Application for Official Absentee Ballot” in the mail, is this a scam?

No, this is an official application sent on behalf of all active voters in Georgia by the Secretary of State’s office.  It is a legitimate form sent to your registered address on file for your convenience.

2)      Do I have to use this particular form to apply for an absentee ballot application?

No.  You can use a variety of forms, and we recommend ours.  Click here.

3)      Can I vote in this election if I voted by mail or in person during Advance Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary when it was originally going to be held on March 24th?

Absolutely.  Voters that cast a ballot in March will still have those ballots counted and will receive a ballot without the presidential primary.  All other voters will receive a combined ballot containing the presidential primary as well as the general primary races and questions.

4)      If I submitted my application for the election when it was originally scheduled for May 19th, do I need to reapply now that the election is being held on June 9th?

No, you can apply for any election with 180 days of Election Day.  We will use your application for the new date.  You can expect ballots to begin being mailed beginning on April 21st.

5)      Can I apply on someone’s behalf?

Yes, if a voter is physically disabled or temporarily residing out of the county AND you are the mother, father, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law over the age of 18 of the voter, you can apply on their behalf.  The voter will still be responsible for signing the actual ballot, even if they require assistance.

6)      A family member is currently incarcerated but has not been sentenced for a felony conviction.  Do they have the option of voting by mail?

Yes!  For information about eligible Bartow County voters that are currently incarcerated, please contact the Election Supervisor at kirkj@bartowga.org so we can work with you on your specific circumstances.

7)      Can I update my address with an absentee ballot application?

Yes, as long as your address change is within Bartow County AND it is received prior to the registration deadline on May 11th, you can update your address this way.  Changes submitted after a registration deadline will be updated for future elections.

8)      What do I do if I have moved to a new county?

You will need to update your voter registration to your current county of residency first and then submit an application to them.  For information about all the ways you can update your voter registration, visit the Secretary of State’s website: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/register_to_vote

9)      Can I put a different mailing address on my absentee ballot application?

You can always put an out-of-county mailing address on an absentee ballot application.  Mailing addresses inside Bartow County must be a part of your registration record, unless you are disabled.

10)   Can I submit one form and get absentee ballots forever?

No.  Elderly, disabled, and military/overseas voters may submit a single application and receive all ballots in an election cycle, which is approximately a calendar year.

11)   If I fall into one of the categories above and request all my ballots by mail for this cycle but decide to vote in person instead later this year, is that a problem?

No problem at all!  Please contact our office and we will give you instructions about what to do when you arrive to vote to make the ballot cancelation process as easy as possible for you.

12)   What is the last day to submit an application?

The Friday before Election Day is always the last day to submit an application, but we recommend requesting your ballot as early as possible.  For the 2020 General Primary, that date is June 5th. 

13)   Where can I submit my absentee ballot application?

There are several options for submitting an application:

  • Drop your application off in the drop box in front of our office at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cartersville, 30120
  • Mail the application to our mailing address: 135 W Cherokee Ave Box 106, Cartersville, 30120
  • Email a copy of your application to absentee@bartowga.org; a legible image of your application taken via smartphone is acceptable.
  • Fax your application to (770) 606-2245.

14)   Can I pick my ballot up at your office after I’ve applied?

No, ballots cannot be delivered in this way per Georgia law.

15)   Can you email my ballot to me after I’ve applied?

No, only overseas and military voters have an electronic ballot delivery option.

16)   Can I help a disabled voter fill out their ballot?

Yes, but a disabled voter MUST make their own mark on the appropriate line on the back of the yellow envelope.  Even if it’s just an X, it must be done by their own hand.  NEVER SIGN ANOTHER VOTER’S NAME.  All other aspects of the ballot can be filled out by someone else; this assistant must fill out the appropriate line on the back of the yellow envelope.

17)   What is the deadline to return my ballot?

All ballots must be received in our office by the close of polls on Election Day at 7pm, with the exception of military and overseas voters.  These voters have an additional three days to get their ballots in prior to certification.

18)   How can I return my ballot?

There are several options.

  • The ballot can be mailed back to our office.  Please ensure adequate postage.
  • A voter can drop their own ballot off at our office.  A 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, or roommate can also deliver it.  The caregiver of a disabled voter is also allowed to drop off a ballot.

19)   When are absentee ballots counted?

Absentee ballots are counted on election night.  Military and overseas voters that meet the deadline of an Election Day postmark and get their ballot in three days after Election Day will have their votes included in the official results.

20)   If I am a military/overseas voter that received my ballot electronically, can I submit it to you electronically?

No, all ballots must be returned to our office via mail or hand delivery.  For questions regarding military and overseas voting, please contact the Chief Deputy Registrar at billardc@bartowga.org.

21)   Will there still be advance voting?

Yes, advance voting will open on May 18th at our main office at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy in Cartersville.  Voting will be 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, through June 5th.  We will also be open 9am to 4pm on Saturday, May 30th.  There will be no satellite locations this election.  We urge voters to utilize absentee by mail for their safety.   We appreciate your understanding as advance voting will be impacted by significant delays due to social distancing and sanitation requirements per county, state, and federal directives.

22)   Will there still be voting on Election Day?

Yes, the polls will open as usual with some adjustments to meet the county, state, and federal directives to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community.  Voters are encouraged to utilize absentee by mail due to the potential for significant delays in the voting process.