I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.
I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:
Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.
Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.
Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.
In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:
I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.
If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.
Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”
Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.
Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.