Any registered voter who is eligible to vote in an election may request an absentee ballot up to 180 days preceding the election(s). The voter is not required to provide a reason but there are certain reasons that can be indicated on the application. Voting by mail allows voters to obtain and submit their ballots for any election by mail.
It’s easy to request a vote by mail ballot. A request for a vote by mail ballot is election specific. The application is only valid for one election, unless the voter is disabled or of advanced age. If a voter is unable to vote in person because of physical disability or is 75 years of age or older, they can mark the designated box on the absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot for all elections for that year except in the case of a Presidential Preference Primary or any Special Election. In those cases, a separate and distinct application must be made for each election.
A new application must be submitted each year. Georgia does not have a permanent absentee voter status. Georgia Election Law O.C.G.A. 21-2-381(G)