Monday is deadline to register to vote: A guide to key Georgia election dates

    Georgians must register to vote by Monday, Oct. 5, in order to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election. A week after the registration deadline is the start of the three-week early voting period on Oct. 12. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

    This post updated 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2 to report federal court ruling that resets mailed absentee ballot count deadline to Election Day

    Monday is the final day Georgians can register to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 general election, expected to draw more than 5 million Georgians to come out to the polls or vote absentee.

    A week after Monday’s voter registration deadline is the start of three weeks of early in-person voting, from Oct. 12 until Oct. 30, the Friday before Election Day. Check with your county for specific poll information.

    Mailed absentee ballots must now be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Oct. 2 reset an Election Day deadline after a lower court recently extended it to Nov. 6

    About 1.4 million Georgians have already received or requested absentee ballots for the election.

    You can request an absentee ballot online at ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov

    The U.S. Postal Service suggests people mail their ballots at least seven days before the deadline. Voters can also turn in their completed ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day at their county election office or at approved drop boxes located across the state.

    Many counties are maintaining drop boxes for voters to deposit absentee ballots up until 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Check with your local elections office to confirm your county’s drop box location.

    The public can verify their voter registration status, check their absentee ballot status, find their polling location, and get other important voting information at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

    Stanley Dunlap
    Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.