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Atlantans are blessed to have so many esteemed colleges and universities in our midst. Because of that, Atlanta attracts students from all over the globe. If you’re a college student and you want to help decide the next US President this November, then checking your residency is very important. I suggest that you check it before the October 11th Voter Registration Deadline. That way, you can correct problems in time to vote on Election Day.

Here are the Residency Rules.

Georgia Students:

If you’ve registered as a resident of a particular county, then on Election Day, you’ll have to vote at your designated precinct in your residential county. If you want to vote early, you can vote at any Early Voting location in your county.

If you are a registered voter for a different Georgia county than where you go to college, then on Election Day you really should return home to vote. If that’s not possible, download an Absentee Ballot from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website and mail it to your home county’s election office. Download an Absentee Ballot here. http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia

Georgia Voting Precincts

Each voter must vote at the precinct assigned to them in their residential county. Sometimes election officials move these locations around, so check your precinct on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website on Election Day to make sure you go to the right place. Check your precinct here.


Out-of-State Students:

If you’re a resident in another state, visit your state’s election website and download an Absentee Ballot. Make sure you mail the ballot to the correct office before the deadline.

Not Registered?

If you’ve moved away from the county where you registered to vote, and you don’t want to travel back there to cast a ballot, then you must re-register in your new county by the Voter Registration Deadline (October 11th). You can register to vote online as long as you have a valid Georgia Driver’s License. If you don’t have a valid license, download a voter registration application and mail it in.


Required Voter ID

Bring any of the following with you.

a. Any valid state or federal government issued picture ID (including the free voter ID)

b. A Georgia Driver’s License, even if it’s expired

c. A Driver’s License from another state

d. A valid employee picture ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the US Government, Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority.

e. A valid US Passport ID

f. A valid military picture ID

g. A valid tribal picture ID

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