Updated Sept. 22 at 2:40 p.m.
With concerns about in-person voting being less safe this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Georgians are opting to vote by absentee ballot instead.
Nearly 1.1 million absentee ballots were recorded in the state of Georgia during the June 9 primary. That number is expected to grow for this upcoming November presidential election.
To request an absentee ballot, you must first confirm you are registered to vote. Then fill out and submit an absentee ballot application online, by mail, by fax or in person. Technically, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 30, but experts suggest applying as soon as possible.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, absentee ballots must arrive at your county election office by Election Day. A judge recently ruled that ballots must only be postmarked by Election Day, but can arrive up to three days later. Though, the Secretary of State’s office is appealing that decision. If you are worried that your absentee ballot might not make it in time, you can use one of the drop boxes in your county to submit your ballot.
Below is a map of the drop boxes in the four metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton.
This map will be updated.