Get Ready to Vote!
If we want a more just and sustainable future, we must vote for it. And we know that voting isn’t always as easy as it seems. Here are a few ways to make sure you can cast your vote and have your voice counted in the next election.
1. Pledge to Vote and Invite Your Friends
Did you know that asking your friends and family to vote is the most powerful way you can make an impact on their lives? Take the Environmental Voter Pledge and our volunteers will help you reach out to friends and family and encourage them to vote in the upcoming election.
2. Register to Vote by October 5th
You must be registered to vote by October 5th to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do it today!
3. Check Your Voter Registration Status
Even if you think you have already registered, please double check! There is nothing worse than showing up at the polls and being told you cannot vote. The Georgia Secretary of State routinely removes thousands of people from the voter rolls in “purges.” Sometimes people get removed even if they vote often, so please double-check that your registration is still active.
4. Get Ready to Vote
Be prepared to cast your vote on or before election day. You will need to know which races and candidates are on your ballot. You can view a sample ballot up to 30 days before each election by checking the Secretary of State My Voter Page website. You can find out which candidates have been endorsed by the GCV Action Fund at the bottom of this page or by visiting our endorsements page.
5. Decide When and Where to Vote
You don’t have to wait until election day to vote. You have three options to cast your vote: Early Voting, Vote By Mail, and Vote on Election Day.
Vote by Mail (a.k.a. Absentee Voting)
Vote by Mail and absentee voting are the same thing. Basically, you have to send in an application to receive your ballot. Once you get your ballot, you can fill it out and send your vote in by mail. You should apply for an absentee ballot as early as possible. Once you get your ballot, send it back by mail no later than October 21st to make sure it is counted. If you can’t mail it in time, you can drop your ballot in your local county drop box. County drop boxes are locations where you can deposit your ballot safely and securely without postage or interacting with others. Remember, your ballot must be deposited before 7 pm on November 3rd to count.
Early Voting starts October 12th and runs through October 30th. You have way more places to go vote when you vote early. You can usually find early voting locations by visiting the website of the county you live in. You can also find them online on the Secretary of State My Voter Page website. Finally, you can find them by clicking the button below and selecting the county you live in.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This is the last chance you have to cast your ballot. On election day, you must vote at your designated polling precinct. This is the location printed on your voter registration card. You can also find it on the Secretary of State My Voter Page. (click the button below). If you choose this option, be prepared for long lines! Do your best to be plan ahead and know that it could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to finish voting. Please be patient and stay in line! If you encounter any trouble, please do not leave without casting a provisional ballot. If you have problems, you can call the election protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!