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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 have at least one absentee ballot drop boxes. Newton Counties "DROPBOX" is located in the front office of the Board of Elections Office. ( Open to the public during advance voting weeks 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ONLY!) 

Exception :  During an emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to Code Section 38-3-51, drop boxes may be located outside the office of the board of registrars or absentee ballot clerk or outside of locations at which advance voting  is taking place, subject to the other limitations of this Code section.  

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

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 by the elections office has to be  no later than 11 days prior to the any election.. ( All absentee applications are date and time stamped when received in office)

 Board of Elections Office at:
1113 Usher Street
Suite 103
P.O. Box 1274
Covington, GA 30015
Fax: 770-784-2057


Early or Advance Voting  ( 2 Locations Only) 

Beginning on the 4th Monday prior to Election Day, voters can cast a ballot in person at the Board of Elections Office during regular business hours. The office is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters must complete and sign an application and provide one of the six acceptable forms of identification. View Identification Requirements. No reason is required to cast a ballot in person.

The last day to vote in office at the Board of Elections is the Friday prior to any election. After that day, voters would need to go to their assigned polling location on Election Day in order to vote.

Schedule for the Advance In-Person Voting has moved from Administration Building 1113 Usher St SW, Covington, GA.   for the  May 24, 2022 General Primary Elections 



Advance In-Person Voting Location – Site 1

 Prospect United Methodist Church 

6752 Highway 212 Covington, Ga 30016 (Fellowship Hall)


May 02, 2022 - May 06, 2022      8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)

May 09, 2022 - May 13, 2022      8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)

May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022      8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)


Advance In-Person Voting Location – Site 2

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

4140 Clark St SW Covington, Ga 30014 (Fellowship Hall)  


May 02, 2022      May 06,2022     8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)

May 07, 2022      Saturday            9:00 am – 5:00 pm


May 09, 2022      May 13, 2022    8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M-F)

May 14, 2022      Saturday            9:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 15, 2022      Sunday              11:00 am – 4:00 pm 


May 16, 2022     May 20, 2022   8:00am – 5:00pm (M-F)






Election Day  ( Locations are listed under 

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.

Voters who do not have proper identification will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot that will only be accepted if the voter provides the required identification to the Board of Elections and Registration Office within the time period for verifying provisional ballots.

VOTERS  WILL GO TO THEIR -“ Assigned Precinct”   7:00 am – 7:00 pm  Visit : www.mvp.sos.ga.gov to find your precinct for Election Day voting. 

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

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