Absentee Ballots

Requests for an Absentee Ballot

You may request absentee ballots as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots may also be requested for the following reasons:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Armed Forces or Merchant Marines of the United States, spouse or dependent of the member, residing outside the County
  • Citizen of the United States permanently residing outside the United States and last domiciled in Georgia, not voting in any other state. Allowed to vote for Federal Offices (President, Vice President, United States Senator or Representative in Congress)
  • Constant caregiver to someone who is physically disabled
  • Election Day falls on a religious holiday, which you observe
  • Election Official, who will perform official duties in connection with the Election
  • Physical disability
  • Required to be on duty in your place of employment for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open

Ballot Request Forms

Complete, sign, and return the form to:

Dade County Board of Elections and Registration
P.O. Box 152
Trenton, GA 30752-0152

Information Needed

  • You may request an absentee ballot by submitting the following information, in writing, to the Board of Elections and Registration Office. Request must include:
  • Mailing address where ballot will be mailed
  • No reason, by mail
  • Reason absentee ballot is being requested
  • Voter's date of birth
  • Voter's name and address as registered
  • Voter's signature (may be signed by specified relative if voter is temporarily out of county or if voter is physically disabled)
  • Name of election, date of election (if primary, declare party preference)

Completed Forms

After completing the request, please submit to the Dade County Board of Elections and Registration in person, or by fax. You may also email completed, signed forms to T. Vaughan. If absentee ballots are available, when appearing in person to request an absentee ballot you must vote within the confines of the Dade County Board of Elections and Registration Office.

Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) was enacted by Congress in 1986. UOCAVA requires that the states and territories allow certain groups of citizens to register and vote absentee in elections for Federal offices. In addition, most states and territories have their own laws allowing citizens covered by UOCAVA to register and vote absentee in state and local elections as well. United States citizens covered by UOCAVA include:

  • Members of the United States Uniformed Services and Merchant Marine
  • Their Family Members
  • United States Citizens Residing Outside the United States

More Information

Learn more by visiting the UOCAVA Voting Process website.