Board of Elections
Know Before You Go!
If you are not sure if you are
registered to vote/or where you need to vote on Election Day you can
sign on to
to check your status and information.
Elderly and Disabled
Absentee By Mail voters must complete two absentee by mail
applications for 2012. One for the March 6 ,2012 Presidential
Preference Primary and one for the July 31, 2012 General
Absentee Voting - by
Any registered voter who
is eligible to vote in an election may request an absentee ballot
by mail up to 180 days before the election. Exception: Military
Voters and Overseas Voters can apply for an absentee ballot at any
time. A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not
required to provide a reason why he or she is voting
A completed application
must be received before an absentee ballot is mailed. You may call
the Elections & Registration department at 770-749-2103 and
request an application be mailed to you or you may download the
form (see Home page).
You may return the
application in one of two ways:
* Fax the application to
770-749-2194 and include a contact number or
* Mail the application
Polk County Elections,144
West Avenue, Ste D,Cedartown,GA 30125
The last day for the
Elections & Registration office to receive absentee
applications is the Friday before the election. Any absentee
application received after the Friday before the election will be
Absentee Voting -
Any voter who is eligible
to vote in an election is welcome to come to the Elections &
Registration office, complete an application, present one of the 6
forms of photo ID, and vote in the office. Please note: Ballots
cannot be removed from the office.
Absentee Voting -
Military & Overseas
Absentee- Uniformed and
A member of the Armed
Forces or Merchant Marines of theUnited Statesor a spouse or
dependant living outside the county or municipality in which the
election is held or a civilian permanently residing overseas, may
make proper application for voter registration on the official post
card provided for by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee
Voting Act (UOCAVA). A properly executed FPCA card shall be
considered to be an application for an absentee ballot and shall
constitute a request for an absentee ballot for the period
beginning upon receipt of such card and extending through the
second regularly scheduled general election in which federal
candidates are on the ballot for all elections for federal offices
held during such period. (O.C.G.A. 21-2-219 (b),(d)).
Absentee voting materials
may be obtained through your unit Voting Assistance Officer (VAO),
Embassy, or Consulate. An on-line (PDF) version of the FPCA is also
available for all states and territories except Guam and American
An FPCA may be submitted to the Elections & Registration office
by mail or fax more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in
which a federal candidate appears on the ballot.
Reasons we may not be
able to process your Federal Post Card Application
The form was not
completed as requested by the applicant's state of residence. See
the Voting Assistance Guide (VAG).
Could not determine a
voter's eligibility to vote because the voting residence address
was incomplete, incorrect or illegible.
A current mailing address
was not provided.
The form was not signed
The form was
The FPCA can be completed
on-line or printed out and completed. After completing the
application, it must be signed, dated and placed in an envelope
affixed with proper postage. Postage free envelopes, for use in the
U.S. Postal System, can also be printed from the FVAP web
Remember to send a new
form in when you change your mailing address!
by Overseas Citizens:
whose most recent domicile wasGeorgiaand is now a permanent
overseas citizen shall only be authorized to vote for presidential
electors andUnited Statessenator or representative in Congress.
Permanent overseas citizens shall be deemed residents of the
precinct in which the county courthouse is located (O.C.G.A.
Keep in mind that
exercising your right to vote in elections for Federal offices only
does not affect the determination of residence or domicile for
purposes of any tax imposed under Federal, state or local law.
Voting in an election for Federal office only may not be used as
the sole basis to determine residency for the purposes of imposing
state and local taxes. If you claim a particular state as your
residence and have other ties with that state in addition to voting
then you may be liable for state and local taxation, depending upon
that particular state law. Appendix E of the 2004-05 Voting
Assistance Guide contains information on probable tax obligations.
Consult your legal counsel for specific questions.
INFORMATION, VISIT THE FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WEB SITE
To register to vote in
the state ofGeorgia, you must be:
A citizen of theUnited
- A legal resident ofGeorgiaand
of the county in which you wish to vote
- At least 18 years of age by
You may not register to
vote if you are currently:
Serving any sentence
imposed by the conviction of a felony
- Judicially determined to be
There are several
convenient methods of registering to vote:
Contact the Polk County
Board of Elections & Registration, public assistance office,
recruitment office, public libraries, county fire stations, and
city hall offices for a mail-in registration form.
- Registration is offered when
you renew or apply for your driver's license at Department of Motor
Vehicle Safety driver's license posts.
- College students can obtain a
voter registration form from their school registrar's office or
from the office of the Vice President of Academic
- Download a registration form
Voters are required to
notify the board of registrars of their county of residence
whenever they move. Change of address must be submitted up to 30
days preceding any election.
This can be done by
writing your county board of registrar's office or by submitting a
new voter registration application.
If you have misplaced or
have not received your precinct card within two to three weeks of
submitting your application, please contact the Polk County Board
of Elections at 770-749-2103 to request a new precinct card or
to check the status of your application.
If you are a registered
voter and do not have aGeorgiadriver's license
orGeorgiaidentification card, you can receive a free Georgia Voter
Identification Card today. Your free Georgia Voter Identification
Card is available through the County Voter Registrar's Office in
the county where you live.
In order to receive your
free Georgia Voter Identification Card, you will need to present a
document confirming your identity to your County Voter Registrar
which includes the following:
your full legal name and
date of birth;
- and/or your full legal name
and residential address.
You can use the same
document to confirm your identity AND residential address. For a
complete listing of acceptable documentation, please visit the
State Election Board website via http://www.gaseb.org/rules_183-1-20.pdf.
Chairman (District 3)
Bill Heaton - Vice
Chairman (District 1)
Judy Furr - Member