Panthers, did you know that today is National Voter Registration Day? Volunteers across the country are hitting the streets collaborating to bring a broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to citizens who may not register otherwise.
While volunteers and organizations will be out promoting political awareness, we as Georgia State students should exercise our civic duties and ensure we are registered to vote, too. No need to worry if you’re unsure exactly where to start, because we’ve compiled five frequently asked questions from fellow students:
Q1: What are the eligibility requirements to vote?
- A citizen of the United States
- A legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote
- At least 17.5 years old to register, and 18 years old to vote
- Not serving any sentence imposed by conviction of a felony
- Not judicially determined to be mentally ill
Q2: What registration deadlines should I be aware of?
A: Voters are required to register in person and by mail on Tuesday, October 9 for their vote to count in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6.
Q3: How do I request an absentee ballot?
A: Students who live outside of Atlanta should fill out, sign and send in an Absentee Ballot Application by mail, email or fax. After the county election office reviews the application, a ballot will be sent back to the postal address or email address noted on the application.
Q4: Where is my precinct?
A: There are multiple voting sites and various hours for different regions in Atlanta. Students should find voting locations and times by finding a precinct.
Q5: What should I bring to the polling place?
A: If you are a first-time voter, you are required to provide your Social Security number and proof of identification, including, but not limited to a Georgia driver’s license, a valid U.S. military ID card with a photo or a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Find more information about local and national voting and voter registration by visiting Panthers VOTE! Happy registering, Panthers!