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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Where do I go to vote?
  2. What are the acceptable forms of ID that must be presented to vote?
  3. How often do I need to register to vote?
  4. I just moved, Do I have to change my voter registration?
  5. Where can I pick up the form to register to vote?
  6. Can I vote by Absentee Ballot?
  7. What identification do I need to register to vote?
  8. School is in session. Do I vote at the same place?
  9. Can I vote at any polling place on Election Day?
  10. Why do I have two different polling places?
  11. Who is my representative?
  12. I just got my Driver's License. Why am I not registered to vote?
  13. How can I get an absentee ballot?
  14. How do I know where to vote?
  15. I heard that I can absentee vote for no reason. Is this true?
  16. I heard that I can advance vote. Where do I go for that?


1. Where do I go to vote?
  • If you have your precinct card, your polling (voting) place is listed on it. You may have two polling places: one is for Federal, County and State elections, and the second is for City elections if you live inside the City limits of Douglasville or Villa Rica.
  • If you can't find your precinct card, go to www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.
    . Enter your name, birthdate,and county, and it will display your poll location.
  • Telephone 1-888-265-1115, provide your name and birthday information, and the attendant will give you your poll location.

(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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2. What are the acceptable forms of ID that must be presented to vote?
Whether you vote early, advance, or at the polls, you must present one of six acceptable forms of personal identification. All must have the voter's photo on the ID card.
  • Georgia driver's license - current or expired
  • a State-issued ID card that includes your photo
  • a valid US passport
  • a valid employee ID card with your photo issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government, the State of Georgia, any County, City, Board, Authority or other entity of the State of Georgia
  • a valid US military ID card with photo
  • a valid tribal ID card with photo

(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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3. How often do I need to register to vote?
Once is usually sufficient. If you regularly vote, you will remain on the list of eligible voters. If you move, even if it is within the County, you need to register at your new address. You may verify your registration by accessing www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.


(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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4. I just moved, Do I have to change my voter registration?
Yes. You must be registered at the address where you reside.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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5. Where can I pick up the form to register to vote?
There are several locations:
  • the Voter Registration Office, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, GA 30134;
  • Douglasville City Hall, O'Neal Plaza, Church Street, Douglasville
  • Douglasville/Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority, Hospital Drive, Douglasville
  • Any Public Library
  • Driver's License Exam station when you get/renew your driver's license;
  • On-line to the Secretary of State's web site, My Voter Page, www.sos.ga.gov/mvp

(Posted on: May 19, 2009)

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6. Can I vote by Absentee Ballot?
Anyone may vote an absentee ballot that chooses to do so.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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7. What identification do I need to register to vote?
If you are registering by mail for the very first time in the State of Georgia, you will need to provide a photocopy of either your driver's license, passport, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck stub, work or school ID card. If you were previously a registered voter in Georgia, you do not need to provide identification. When you fill out the form, you are swearing that you are eligible to register to vote. False swearing is prosecutable as a felony.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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8. School is in session. Do I vote at the same place?
Yes. Polling places remain the same for all elections. For a smaller election, the place within your polling location may change. For example, instead of using the gymnasium, the polling might take place in a smaller room. There are always signs posted to let you know where the voting is taking place.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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9. Can I vote at any polling place on Election Day?
No. Georgia Code Section 21-2-431(c) specifically states that no person shall vote at any polling place outside the precinct in which such person resides.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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10. Why do I have two different polling places?
If you live within the City limits of Douglasville or Villa Rica, you may have a different polling place for City elections. The polling places for City elections must be within the City limits. Your precinct card identifies which polling place is for which election.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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11. Who is my representative?
If you will refer to your precinct card, it will identify the district numbers applicable to the street address where you reside. You can access the link on this site to determine the name and contact information about that elected official. You may also access this information at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.


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12. I just got my Driver's License. Why am I not registered to vote?
You are not automatically registered to vote when you get your Driver's License. The examiner must ask you if you want to register; you must reply affirmatively; and then the examiner must generate the form to be sent to the Voter Registration Office. If you do not receive a precinct card within a month after you register at the Department of Motor Vehicles, call our office 770-920-7217 to inquire if we received the application.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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13. How can I get an absentee ballot?
You must apply in writing for an absentee ballot and send or fax your request to the Voter Registration Office by the Friday preceding the election. There is an absentee ballot form that can be picked up in the Voter Registration Office or downloaded from the Secretary of State's web site, www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

.You may also request an absentee ballot by writing on a piece of paper the following information:
  • your name
  • street address, city, state and zip code
  • date of birth
  • reason you are requesting the absentee ballot
  • and sign the request.

You can also come to the Voter Registration Office in the Courthouse and request an absentee ballot not more than 180 days preceding the election.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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14. How do I know where to vote?
When you register to vote, you will receive a precinct card approximately 2 weeks after your form is processed. It indicates your polling place as well as which Congressional, State House and Senate, Commission, School Board and City District in which you reside. If you have misplaced this card, you can find out your polling place either by accessing the Secretary of State's web site at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.
or by calling 1-888-265-1115.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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15. I heard that I can absentee vote for no reason. Is this true?
Yes. Anyone may vote early for no reason at all beginning 21 days in advance of a Federal election. This is done either in person at the Voter Registration Office, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, or by mail. You must submit a request in writing with your name, address, date of birth and a statement that you are requesting an absentee ballot. You must sign the request, as we compare signatures on the request to the voter registration form on file to verify that the request is legitimate. The last day that we mail out ballots is the Friday before the election. Requests must be received no later than noon on Friday to be able to be sent out.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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16. I heard that I can advance vote. Where do I go for that?
Anyone may advance vote the Monday through Friday of the week prior to an election at any one of the advance voting sites:
  • Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, 5000 Georgia Highway 92/166;
  • Deer Lick Park 2105 Mack Road (off Fairburn Road/Georgia Highway 92 at the traffic light in front of Mt. Carmel Elementary School);
  • Dog River Library, 6100 Highway 5;
  • Old Douglas County Courthouse, West Church Street, downtown Douglasville (across the street from the Douglasville Police Department) - enter on the Church Street side, first floor; or
  • Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville.

Parking is most plentiful at the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center and at Deer Lick Park. Past elections have demonstrated that the shortest lines are also at Dog River Library and at Deer Lick Park.
(Posted on: November 29, 2012)

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