Georgia Residency Requirements for Voting in a Runoff

November 12, 2020

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is providing the following information to educate voters about their rights and responsibilities under Georgia law. Based on federal law governing elections with federal candidates, Georgia voters have until December 7, 2020, to register to vote for the January 5, 2021, runoff. The qualifications to be a registered voter in Georgia are set out in Section I of Article II of the Georgia Constitution and in O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑216. The rules for county registrars to determine whether an applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia and the county where registration is sought are set forth at O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑217.

Georgia law provides that it is a felony to either register to vote knowing one does not possess the qualifications for voting in Georgia (O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑561) or to attempt to vote knowing one does not possess the qualifications for voting in Georgia (O.C.G.A. § 21‑2‑571). Those who are found to be in violation could subject themselves to prosecution.

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