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Absentee Ballot Application (Read completely) 

Voters can download and print an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) from the Secretary of State’s website or request an application from the Board of Elections Office.

(FAQ'S) Frequently Asked Questions   - Absentee Ballot Application Process 

A request for an absentee ballot may be received no earlier than 78 days prior to date of the primary or election, or runoff  election. No reason is required when requesting a ballot by mail. 

The request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and include the following:

  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • The date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot
  • Voter's name
  • The voter's signature

Counties must have at least one absentee ballot drop boxes. Newton Counties "DROPBOX" is located in the front office of the Board of Elections Office 1113 Usher St Ste 103 Covington, Ga 30015. (Open to the public during advance voting weeks) 

During any Primary elections, the request must also state the voter’s party preference.

Mailed ballots can be dropped in the county designated drop box (located in the front office) during the hours that advance voting is being held within your county.  

Mail-in Absentee Ballot

If a person votes by mail, identification information is required to be provided with the absentee ballot application. 

 ( O.C.G.A. 21-2-386)

To be timely received, an application for an absentee-by-mail ballot shall be received in the election's office no later than 11 days prior to the any election. (All absentee applications are date and time stamped when received in office)


Advance Voting Schedule - November 07, 2023 ( General / Special Election) 

Turner Lake Recreation Center ( Banquet Room) 6185 Turner Lake Rd NW Covington, Ga 30014

Prospect Church @ Oak Hill  6752 GA -212 Covington, Ga 30016

October 16, 2023 - November 03, 2023  ( Monday - Friday) 8:00am - 5:00pm 

October 21, 2023 and October 28, 2023  Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm) - Turner Lake Recreation Center - Banquet Rm (Only) 

City of Covington voters will vote at their designated county precinct during this time and election day also. No voting will be conducted at: Covington City Council and Courtroom Chambers @ 2116 Stalling St Covington, Ga 30014



On Election Day, voters can cast a ballot at their polling location between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters will be required to present one of the six acceptable forms of identification. View Identification Requirements. Voters can visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page to locate their polling place.


Provisional Rule : O.C.G.A.21-2-418

(All sections of this code should be reviewed included below are inserts)

Provisional Voters - (Voters who vote outside of their assigned precincts please read below) 

§ 21-2-418. Provisional ballots

(a) If a person presents himself or herself at a polling place, absentee polling place, or registration office in his or her county of residence in this state for the purpose of casting a ballot in a primary or election stating a good faith belief that he or she has timely registered to vote in such county of residence in such primary or election and the person's name does not appear on the list of registered electors, the person shall be entitled to cast a provisional ballot in his or her county of residence in this state as provided in this Code section. If the person presents himself or herself at a polling place in the county in which he or she is registered to vote, but not at the precinct at which he or she is registered to vote, the poll officials shall inform the person of the polling location for the precinct where such person is registered to vote. The poll officials shall also inform such person that any votes cast by a provisional ballot in the wrong precinct will not be counted unless it is cast after 5:00 P.M. and before the regular time for the closing of the polls on the day of the primary, election, or runoff and unless the person executes a sworn statement, witnessed by the poll official, stating that he or she is unable to vote at his or her correct polling place prior to the closing of the polls and giving the reason therefor.

**Only votes that pertain to your registered district will be counted!!!

(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, in the event that the voting machines or DRE units at a polling place malfunction and cannot be used to cast ballots or some other emergency situation exists which prevents the use of such equipment to cast votes, provisional ballots may be used by the electors at the polling place to cast their ballots. In such event, the ballots cast by electors whose names appear on the electors list for such polling place shall not be considered provisional ballots and shall not require verification as provided by Code Section 21-2-419; provided, however, that persons whose names do not appear on the electors list for such polling place shall vote provisional ballots which shall be subject to verification under Code Section 21-2-419.