Info to Early vote - in GA, NC, COLO - Some locations have Sunday (10/26) voting Email Print

Here are some resources to find availability, and hours, of vote centers to use for early voting, and info about voter ID for:
  • -  North Carolina
  • -  Georgia
  • -  Colorado
N CAROLINA.  As shown in next post, a handy list with interactive map gives the locations by county. (A bunch have Sunday (10/26) early vote centers open.)
 ID in North Carolina will be asked for, but does not need to be shown until the 2016 election, except for some 1st-time voters whose identifying information wasn't verified with registration.

The early voting advantage is this -- you can vote at any center in your county during the early vote period to have your vote counted. Votes will not be disqualified for being "out of precinct."

GEORGIA.  In a few places you can find the locations for early voting. I've found a list here  
[ g-locations ] – with dates and hours for Bibb County, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Muscogee, and Richmond.

The list shows some with Sunday (10/26) early voting, at some of the locations in >> Chatham County, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, and Richmond.

Chattahoochee River Valley locations for early voting are shown here, or here. The second link is like the first, but it also has Upson County shown.  Note the hours list for these counties does not show a Sunday option.  A few other counties - Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield - are listed here.

If you live in a different county in Georgia, pick up the info you need from here at the Secretary of State's site; select your county.

The voter Photo ID requirement in Georgia is pretty strict for in-person voting. These are accepted ID's in the polling place:

 - Georgia driver's license photo ID (current)

 - Georgia driver's license photo ID (expired)

 - Student ID only from a public Georgia college, university or technical college.  See list of these schools (PDF file) here.

  - Tribal ID card

  - Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of Georgia

  - Valid military ID
  - Valid US passport

The ID rules in Georgia are different for mail-in absentee ballots.

For mail-in absentee voting in Georgia, first-time voters who registered by mail and whose identities have not been verified by the state will have to include a copy of ID with their absentee ballots. Acceptable ID for mail-in includes one of the forms of photo ID listed above, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address on it. [Reference: here or here - see section on Absentee voting.]

Colorado. The requirement for an ID (it doesn't have to be a state-issued photo ID) in Colorado depends on how you decide to vote.

ID would need to be enclosed or used if it is the FIRST TIME submitting your ballot by mail. Or if you want to vote in person, at an early vote center or on Election Day, then you would bring an identifying document.

You can drop off your mail-in ballot at an early vote center, or vote in person, at locations (any location in your county) found at this map search site. > > In the drop-down list, select Voter Service Center (these usually seem to be sites for Dropoff also, of mail-in ballots), and pick your county. If the locations are not close enough, then you can select "Dropoff" to get a few more locations, some may be nearer.
Note - if it is FIRST TIME for you ever voting by mail, note the ID requirement; you will need to enclose a photocopy of an identifying document.

A lot of documents can qualify for identification for Colorado, including a recent phone bill, utility bill, or paycheck with your address, or Colorado college document with your address. To use a college student ID, it should be a photo ID.

Here's a Q&A with Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, covered by News9:

Q: Even though all registered voters are receiving ballots by mail this election, people can still vote in person. How does that work?

A: Whether you've received a mail ballot or not, you can show up at a service center and you can vote in person. So if you've got a mail ballot, you can bring that in to the service center or you can vote an in-person ballot at the service center and your mail ballot will automatically be canceled.

Q: How do you keep from someone voting by mail and in person?

A: We've rolled out... actually it's the nation's first online, real-time voter poll book. Now what that means, is if you vote by mail and your mail ballot arrives, we will know that immediately, throughout the state. And so, if that ballot's been counted, you won't be able to vote in person. You will have already gotten credit for voting. Or, if you vote in person and that mail ballot comes in later, that mail ballot will not be counted. So, we can do a pretty good job with that.

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If you use the mail, note the correct postage. Some locales need a 49 cent stamp; some need 70 cent stamp. Follow the instructions - so your vote will count.


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