The State of Georgia’s Official Rules Regarding Absentee Ballot Drop Off Boxes

Georgia Rule 183-1-14-0.6-14 refers to the requirements County Registrars must adhere to regarding secure absentee ballot drop boxes.

In summary, County Registrars are authorized to establish one or more drop box locations only on County or municipal government property, generally accessible to the public.

Drop box locations may open beginning 49 days before Election Day and shall close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. Counties shall provide notice of the location of each drop box by posting the information on the homepage of the county election website no later than the day the drop boxes are placed at a location.

Drop box locations must have adequate lighting and use either a continuous recording or motion detected video recording device to monitor the location. Videos must be retained by the County for 30 days after the final certification of the election.

The drop boxes must be constructed of durable material, able to withstand inclement weather. The opening slot must minimize the ability for liquid to seep in. They must be securely fastened to the ground or an immovable fixture.

Drop boxes must be labeled “OFFICIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX.”

See the official rules at: https://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/SEB%20Emergency%20Rule%20183-1-14-0.6-.14.pdf

Attribution for ballot box photo:Josh and Kaldari

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