Absentee Information

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

Download an Official Application for Absentee Ballot

Important information: The law on absentee ballots has changed. Beginning this year you may only use the official application above to request an absentee ballot. Read the application carefully. You are now required to provide either a Georgia Driver's License or Georgia ID Card number or a copy of another form of ID. If you do not have an acceptable ID, you can get one free of charge from our office or the Department of Driver Services. Click here for more information about Georgia's ID requirements.

Return your application by:

EMAIL:    absenteeballot@dekalbcountyga.gov
FAX: (404) 298-4038
MAIL: 4380 Memorial Drive
Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032

Returning Your Absentee Ballot

Instructions for Marking and Returning Absentee Ballot 

We must receive your ballot by 7 pm on election day. We urge voters to mail their ballots back at least a week before election day. For more information about absentee ballots, visit the Secretary of State's page.

Board of Registrars
4380 Memorial Drive
Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032


Drop boxes are only available during Advance Voting Hours of operations and are located at the Advance Voting facilities below:

Voter Registration & Elections Office
4380 Memorial Drive Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032

Bessie Branham Recreation Center
2051 Delano Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Stonecrest Library
3123 Klondike Road
Stonecrest, GA 30038

Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library
5234 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084

After the close of advance voting, you can still deliver your ballot by hand to the front desk of the Voter Registration and Elections Office during our business hours, weekdays 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Changed your mind and want to vote in person? No problem. Bring your absentee ballot with you to your polling location and you may vote in person instead.   

You can track your ballot through the mail using this form. Contact our office if you have not received your ballot 10 days after it was issued, or if your ballot has not been accepted 10 days after you returned it to us.

If you are having trouble with this form, you can try the My Voter Page instead. The My Voter Page can tell you when we have issued your ballot and received it back, but it does not contain mail tracking information. There are detailed instructions on using the My Voter Page here.

Absentee Ballot Status for the November 30 Municipal Runoff:

In order to find your record, we will need some more information:

What Does My Ballot Status Mean?

If your search results say...

  • Application Accepted: We have accepted your application and we are preparing to issue your ballot.
  • Ballot Mailed: Your ballot has been mailed. If the post office has scanned your ballot, you will see updates as it is being delivered. If you do not see any scan dates, that is not necessarily a problem. In some cases the USPS will hand sort envelopes and deliver them without scanning. Contact our office if you have not received your ballot ten days after it was issued. Keep in mind that mail tracking information only appears when we mail your ballot to you, not when you mail it back to us.
  • Ballot Accepted: We have received your ballot and it will be counted.
  • Ballot Rejected: There was a problem with your ballot. If you forgot to sign or provide identification, it is still possible to get your ballot counted. We will be mailing you instructions, or you can contact us to find out more.
  • Ballot is Provisional: There was a problem with your application. We have mailed you a ballot, but we have also sent you instructions on how to fix your application. Be sure to follow those instructions in order for your ballot to be counted.

Contact us if you have any questions about the status of your application or your ballot.

Military and Overseas Voting

UOCAVA Information

For more information about military or overseas voting, contact Deborah Christian:

EMAIL: uocava@dekalbcountyga.gov
PHONE:    (404) 298-4032
FAX: (404) 298-4038

Other Questions

Contact our office weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm.