For those who don’t have their absentee ballots with them, poll workers must check to ensure the voter hasn’t already returned an absentee ballot. Poll workers usually call county election offices, but during early voting they can look up a voter’s ballot status on check-in computers.
Then the voter has to complete and sign a form to cancel the absentee ballot before being allowed to vote in person.
During Georgia’s primary in June, about 150,000 voters who had requested absentee ballots instead voted in person, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Election officials say voters who requested absentee ballots should fill them out and return them unless they have a good reason not to. Absentee ballots will be counted if they’re received at county election offices by 7 p.m. Jan. 5.