Due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued Executive and Administrative Orders to expand access to the polls and make it easier for Atlanta residents and employees to vote.
Executive Order –
• For the November 3, 2020 election and the January 5, 2021 general election runoff, City of Atlanta employees’ permitted time off for voting is increased from two hours to four hours.
Administrative Order –
• Directs the City’s Chief Operating Officer to work with the Fulton and DeKalb Boards of Registration and Elections to identify how the City may assist the Boards through the possible provision of City facilities and resources to help ensure all eligible persons have an opportunity to safely vote in the general and subsequent runoff elections.
• Directs the Chief of Staff to engage with the Atlanta Postmaster to obtain a comprehensive understanding of any operational changes made by the United States Postal Service which may affect or inhibit mail delivery services for Atlanta residents between now and the general election.
To view the Mayor’s full press release, please click here: https://www.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/News/News/13434/672
Voters are encouraged to visit the Georgia Secretary of State, My Voter Page by clicking here: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. You can find the following information:
• Check voter registration status
• Mail-In application request and ballot status
• Poll location
• Early voting locations
• Elected officials
• Registration information on file with the county office
• Sample ballot for the upcoming election
• Provisional ballot status
The easiest way to request an absentee ballot for November is to use the SOS’s new online portal by clicking here: https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/.
Voters with a Georgia driver’s license can use this website to request their ballot in minutes. There is no need to print, sign, and return the application if you use the portal. Registered Georgia voters who do not have a Georgia driver’s license can request their absentee ballot by visiting iwillvote.com.
The first wave of ballots will be mailed to voters who submitted a request around the 15th of September.