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Absentee Ballot Application (Read completely) 

Voters can download and print an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) from the Secretary of State’s website or request an application from the Board of Elections Office.

(FAQ'S) Frequently Asked Questions   - Absentee Ballot Application Process 

A request for an absentee ballot may be received no earlier than 78 days prior to date of the primary or election, or runoff  election. No reason is required when requesting a ballot by mail. 

The request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and include the following:

  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • The date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot
  • Voter's name
  • The voter's signature

Counties must have at least one absentee ballot drop boxes. Newton Counties "DROPBOX" is located in the front office of the Board of Elections Office 1113 Usher St Ste 103 Covington, Ga 30015. (Open to the public during advance voting weeks) 

During any Primary elections, the request must also state the voter’s party preference.

Mailed ballots can be dropped in the county designated drop box (located in the front office) during the hours that advance voting is being held within your county.  

Mail-in Absentee Ballot

If a person votes by mail, identification information is required to be provided with the absentee ballot application.  ( O.C.G.A. 21-2-386)

To be timely received, an application for an absentee-by-mail ballot shall be received in the election's office no later than 11 days prior to the any election. (All absentee applications are date and time stamped when received in office)



Mailing address

Board of Elections / Registration Office 
POB 1274
Covington, GA 30015

On Election Day, voters can cast a ballot at their polling location between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters will be required to present one of the six acceptable forms of identification. View Identification Requirements. Voters can visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page to locate their polling place.

Provisional Voters - (Voters who vote outside of their assigned precincts please read below) 

Provisional Rule : O.C.G.A.21-2-418

If the person presents himself or herself at a polling place in the county in which he or she is registered to vote, but not at the precinct at which he or she is registered to vote, the poll officials shall inform the person of the polling location for the precinct where such person is registered to vote. The poll officials shall also inform such person that any votes cast by a provisional ballot in the wrong precinct will not be counted unless it is cast  after 5:00 P.M. and before the regular time for the closing of the polls on the day of the  primary, election, or runoff and unless the person executes a sworn statement, witnessed  by the poll official, stating that he or she is unable to vote at his or her correct polling place prior to the closing of the polls and giving the reason therefor