What to do if you are turned away from voting Tuesday


What to do if you are turned away from voting Tuesday

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North Fulton residents participate in early voting on the first day the procedure is available at the North Fulton Annex in Atlanta on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Polling manager Malva Henderson said voters might incorrectly think that the polling place would not be open on Columbus Day but she said a steady flow of early voters kept her staff busy and Henderson expected another rush at lunchtime. Poll worker Melodii Peoples handed out traditional peach voting stickers and encouraged voters to take photos and then share them on social media to publicize early voting for Georgia’s mid-term elections. David Tulis / AJC Special

As long as you've registered to vote by Feb. 1, there aren't many reasons you shouldn't be allowed to cast a ballot. 

If you feel you've been turned away from a poll without a ballot unjustly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to talk to know. Click here to file a voting complaint. 

You should also report the incident to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office by calling 404-656-2817. You can also file an online complaint with the GSOS here. The "type of complaint" drop-down list contains a "turned away at the polls" category. The Secretary of State's Office will also monitor complaints about disability access issues, voter registration issues or issues with polls' touch screens. 

You cannot be turned away from the polls without a ballot if:

•  Your registration comes into question. If you know you've registered in time, but poll workers are having a hard time verifying that, ask for a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are given out when the voter's eligibility is in question. They will be counted after election day if the eligibility can be verified. Poll workers should not turn you away without a ballot if they can't verify your registration. 

•  You stand in line past a poll's closing time. Polls close Tuesday at 7 p.m., and lines can get long. If you're at your polling location before 7 p.m., you should be able to vote even if you stand in line past the deadline. 

An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the types of identification that are acceptable at Georgia polling places.

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