Place your Early Vote (or Absentee): NC, GA Email Print

Here are tips to bank your rightful vote in your state.

For NORTH CAROLINA, Early Voting is available through Saturday 11/1, until 1 p.m. at many sites, each county. Check the link to list below [a couple of centers close at noon].

Bank your vote ahead at one of the vote centers in your county – so you don't get caught up in the "precinct shuffle" (disqualifying shenanigans) that can happen on Election Day.

Click to reach the interactive map, and List of early voting sites, with hours.


The printed list is organized by county, and the order is semi-alphabetical, not fully alphabetized. (Some Brunswick and Mecklenburg come lower than Yancy, at the bottom, for example).

During early voting, you can vote at ANY early vote center in your county. This is an advantage: it can be better than on Election Day, where if election officials switch or move your precinct assignment (sometimes there are different precincts at different tables in the same building for voting), they will disqualify your vote for voting in the "wrong precinct".

So I recommend early voting.

1 thing you need to know.

ID:  It's not needed in 2014 in No. Carolina. But poll worker in 2014 will ask about it anyway.

In 2014, the poll worker will ask you for ID, but this year you can say, I didn't bring ID, and you can vote anyway in 2014. This is important!  So know the rules, and the bureaucratic procedure you'll encounter!

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In Georgia -- Friday was the last day to request an absentee ballot -- at the County Registrar's office -- or to head to an Early vote center to cast an early in-person vote.  For in-person voting or early voting in Georgia, a strict voter photo ID rule applies. Some counties have Early voting open Friday, see list of early voting sites, and hours, here.

To return an absentee ballot to the County Registrar, if you already supplied identifying info when you registered, you generally don't need to supply ID documents again.
[List of County Registrars can be found here].

The absentee ballot must be returned – by hand delivery or by mail – to the County Registrar's office by 7 pm Tuesday (postmark won't what matters; it must be received by Tuesday).

For absentee, if you registered to vote by mail and did not submit voter registration ID at that time, you will be asked to include a copy of the required voter registration ID with your absentee ballot. [In this case, a notice in the absentee ballot package should instruct you that you will need to submit a copy of identifying info, or the envelope label would have an "MIDR" sticker to indicate that mail identification is being required.]

When your absentee ballot package indicates idenfication is needed, the rule for acceptable ID to establish your identify for absentee includes include any of the following.

   - A current utility bill that shows your name and address;
   - A bank statement that shows your name and address;
   - A government check that shows your name and address;
   - A paycheck that shows your name and address; or
   - Another government document that shows your name and address.

Or, can provide a copy of any of the photo ID documents required for in-person voting:

  - 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


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