Special to the Atlanta Daily World
Fulton County residents who are interested in participating in the upcoming November General Election are reminded to register to vote before the deadline on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Registered voters are urged to check and make sure their address information on file with the Department is up-to-date, especially if they have had an address or name change recently.
To register to vote in the state of Georgia, you must: 1) be a citizen of the United States; 2) be a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote; 3) be at least 18 years of age on Election Day. Residents registering to vote for the first time and registered voters who want to update their information both need to fill out a voter registration form. Once the Department receives the completed form, precinct cards are mailed within two to three weeks of that receipt.
Residents can obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices: 1) Fulton County Government Center (130 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 2186 Atlanta, GA 30303); 2) Fulton County North Service Center (7741 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30350); 3) Fulton County South Service Center (5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349). Voter registration forms are also available at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and all Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library branches. You can also download a voter registration form at www.fultonelections.com.
If you are registering for the first time in Georgia, you must provide one of the following forms of identification:
• Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by the county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
• A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired;
• A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state;
• A valid U.S. passport ID;
• A valid U.S. military photo ID;
• A valid tribal photo ID;
• A copy of a current utility bill;
• A bank statement;
• A government check;
• A paycheck; or
• Any other government document that shows the name and address of the individual
The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with civic, business and religious organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone (404-612-7020) or by fax (404-730-7024).
For more information on voter registration and the upcoming November Election, log on to www.fultonelections.com or call 404-730-7072.