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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Absentee Ballot Update: Use "Official Absentee Ballot" Paper Sleeve in Packages

Elections Absentee Ballot Update

Every registered voter in Athens-Clarke County was mailed an application for an Absentee Ballot for the June 9, 2020 election. This application provides instructions for how to request an Absentee Ballot by mail.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot by mail will receive a package with four things inside:

  1. Absentee Ballot
  2. Instructions for filling out and returning the ballot
  3. "Official Absentee Ballot" paper sleeve
  4. Return envelope

Due to the number of Absentee Ballots requested statewide, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is including a "Official Absentee Ballot" paper sleeve instead of an envelope labelled "Official Absentee Ballot" as used in previous Absentee Ballot packages. This will allow for quicker processing of ballots due to staff not having to open two separate envelopes for every mailed ballot.

There is no official Absentee Ballot return envelope. However, there is an official Absentee Ballot sleeve.

Although the instructions in the Absentee Ballot package mention an envelope, voters should instead use the ballot paper sleeve. The Elections Office will accept ballots that do not include the privacy paper sleeve.

Instructions for voters using Absentee Ballot by Mail options:

  • Select voting choices on the Absentee Ballot
  • Fold the ballot and place it inside the “Official Absentee Ballot” paper sleeve.
  • Place the sleeve with the ballot inside into the outer return envelope and sign the oath located on the flap of the outer envelope. 
  • Return it to the Athens-Clarke County Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020 either:
    • by mail, or
    • by using the secure drop box located in front of the Elections Office at 155 East Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601.

The last day to register to vote for the June 9 General Primary is May 11, 2020. The last day to make a request for an Absentee Ballot is June 5, 2020.  

Athens-Clarke County has approximately 79,000 registered voters. As of April 28, 2020, the Elections Office has received approximately 12,500 Absentee Ballot requests, more than ever before. By the close of business on Monday, April 27, the office had processed 11,260 requests.

For more information, visit or call 706-613-3150.

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