Mover's Guide: Georgia

August 10, 2010

Elections Division:  404-656-2871

I moved from the address at which I am registered.  What should I do?

I moved from another state.

If you moved to Georgia from another state, you must register to vote in Georgia to be able to vote.[1]  The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is the fifth Monday before the election.[2]

If you moved from out of state, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the State of Georgia.[3]  And, under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[4]

I moved within Georgia.

If you move within the same county or municipality, you should notify the board of registars of your change in address.[5]  You can do this by submitting the change in writing or on an application for an absentee ballot.[6]  If you moved to a different county, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.  That form is available here:  http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_reg_app.htm.

The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address.  What should I do?

If you moved to a new address in the same county since you last voted, you should contact your local election official to find out the location of your current polling place.  Election officials may have changed your registration record to reflect your new address even if you did not notify the election official about the move.  If your registration information has been changed to your current address, you should go to the polling place associated with that address to vote.

Many registered Georgia voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about their move before Election Day and the election official has not changed their registration.

Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote a regular ballot at that polling place after confirming your change of address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.[7]

Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place

If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you are entitled to vote a regular ballot at the polling place associated with your old address after filling out a change of address form.[8]

Scenario Three: New Address in New County

If you moved to a new address in a different county, you are entitled to vote at the polling place associated with your old address if you moved after the fifth Monday prior to the election.[9]

If you moved before the fifth Monday prior to an election, you must register to vote in your new county of residence.[10]  Registration applications must be made by the close of business on the fifth Monday before the election.[11]


[1] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-216(a)(1) (2010).

[2] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-224(a).  However, if the fifth Monday before the election is a holiday, registration closes on the following business day.

[3] Abbott v. Carter, 356 F. Supp. 280 (N.D. Ga. 1972).

[4] 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1(e) (2010).

[5] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(c) (2010).

[6] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(c).

[7] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(d).

[8] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(d).

[9] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(e).

[10] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-218(e).

[11] Ga. Code Ann. § 21-2-224(a).  See id. § 21-2-218(b).  See also Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, Voter Registration, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/how_to_register.htm (last visited Jun. 1, 2010).