Frequently Asked Questions About Voting
Clayton County residents, please:
Where and When Do I Vote?
How Do I Vote?
When is the Best Time to
Am I Required to Show
Identification When I Vote?
What Happens if I Don't Have Any
Identification with Me When I Vote?
How Do I Cast My Vote?
How Can I Receive Assistance
What do I do if I Make a Mistake of I
am Unsure of How to Operate a Voting Machine?
Can I Take My Child to the Polls With
Can I Wear a Campaign Button into the
- Register to vote as soon as you move to Clayton County;
- Notify us as soon as you move or change your name;
Voter registration applications are available from the
Secretary of State's Web site. You may also contact our office for
Voter registration applications may not be faxed. After
completion of the application, you may mail it or personally
deliver it to the Board of Elections and Registration office.
when do I vote?
Each voter must vote at the polling place designated for
the precinct in which the voter lives. The location of your polling
place is located on your precinct card. If you have misplaced your
card or do not know where your precinct is located, you may use the
locator or you may contact our office at (770)
477-3372. For a list of Clayton County
precincts, click here.
Polling hours for Clayton County
are from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on the day of election. However, any
voter who is waiting in line to vote at 7:00 PM will be allowed to
How do I vote?
When you arrive at your polling place, you will complete
a voter's certificate which asks for your name and residence
address. You will then present the certificate and proper
identification to the poll officials who will verify that you are a
registered voter in that precinct by checking the voters list for
that precinct. If your name is found on the list, you will be
issued a voter access card and admitted into a voting booth to cast
your vote. You will then cast your ballot using an electronic
voting unit. After you cast your ballot the machine will
automatically eject the voter access card and you will return the
card to a poll official. Instructions on how to operate the
electronic voting unit are posted at each polling place and you may
ask a poll official for assistance.
You may also vote by absentee
ballot. For absentee voting requirements and application deadline,
When is the best time to vote?
Peak voting hours appear to be from 7:00 am until
9:30 am, 4:30 PM until 7:00 PM and during the midday lunch hour.
Between the hours of 9:30 am - 4:30 PM, voters 75 or older, or
disabled and requiring assistance in voting shall be given the next
available voting machine.
Am I required to show identification
when I vote?
Voters are required to present identification at their
polling place prior to voting.
Proper identification shall consist of any one of
- A current or expired Georgia driver's license
(or Department of Driver Services identification card);
- A valid United States military photo identification card;
- A valid photo identification card issued by any branch,
department, agency, or entity of the United States, Georgia, or any
other state authorized by law to issue personal identification
including a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card;
- A valid employee photo identification card issued by any
branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States,
Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other
entity of Georgia;
- A valid United States passport; or
- A valid tribal photo identification card.
NOTE: If a person votes BY MAIL, they DO NOT need to provide a
photo ID. The photo ID rules ONLY APPLY to IN-PERSON voting by
absentee, advance voting or at the polling place on Election
If the voter does not have a Georgia driver's license, or other
qualified ID, they can obtain either a FREE Georgia Identification
Card from the Department of Driver Services or a FREE Georgia Voter
Identification Card at their county registrar's office.
In order to get a FREE Georgia Voter Identification Card, a
voter will need to provide the following:
- A photo identity document, or a non-photo identity document
(must include voter's full legal name and date of birth); and
- Documentation showing voter's date of birth; and
- Evidence that voter is registered to vote in Georgia; and
- Documentation showing voter's name and address of principal
If the elector does not have any of the forms of identification
listed, they may vote a provisional ballot upon swearing or
affirming that the elector is the person identified in the
elector's voter certificate. Such provisional ballot shall only be
counted if the registrars are able to verify current and valid
identification of the elector within the time period for verifying
What happens if I don't have any
identification with me when I vote?
If you are unable to produce any of the items listed above, you
may sign a statement under oath swearing or affirming that you are
the person identified on the elector's voter certificate. Falsely
swearing or affirming such statement under oath is punishable as a
Notice: If you are registered for
the first-time by mail and you have not yet provided identification
to the the Board of Elections and Registration and are unable to
produce acceptable identification at the polling place, you will be
required to cast a provisional ballot. You are not allowed to sign
the affidavit in place of acceptable identification. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 21-2-417, the provisional ballot shall
only be counted if the registrar is able to verify the
identification and registration of the elector within the time
period for verifying provisional ballots.
How do I cast my vote?
Instructions on how to operate a voting machine are
posted at each polling place. In addition, you may ask a poll
officer for assistance at any time. For more information visit the
Secretary of States Web site. They offer
instructions for using electronic voting machines here.
How can I
receive assistance voting?
A voter may receive assistance at the polls if they are
unable to read the English language or if he or she has a physical
disability that renders them unable to see or mark the ballot,
operate the voting equipment, or enter the voting booth. In order
to do so, everyone, except those that are blind, must take an oath
showing the reason they need assistance. The person providing the
assistance to the voter must sign on the oath. When there is a
federal candidate on the ballot, the voter can select anyone they
want to assist them in voting, except for the voter's employer, an
agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of the voter's
union. When there is no federal candidate on the ballot, the voter
can select any other resident of the precinct or a parent, sibling,
spouse or child to assist them inside the voting booth. No person
may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or
Note: Between the hours of 9:30
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the day of an election, voters who are 75
years of age or older or who are physically disabled may, upon
request to a poll officer, vote immediately without waiting in
What do I do if I make a mistake I am
unsure of how to operate a voting machine?
Poll officers of the precinct will be available to answer
any questions voters may have concerning voting their ballot or
operating a voting machine.
Can I take my child to the polls with
The child of a voter 17 years of age and under is
permitted to accompany his/her parent(s) into the voting booth
while voting; any child 12 and under may accompany a voter who is
not his/her parent(s) into the voting booth while voting. Children
ARE NOT allowed to handle voter access cards or to
operate voting machines.
Can I wear a campaign button into the
No person may campaign; distribute literature of written
or printed matter of any kind; wear campaign buttons, signs, pins,
stickers, T-shirts, etc.; circulate petitions; or perform similar
activities within 150 feet of the building in which a polling place