Georgia Ballot Return Tool

Developed by the Center for Inclusive Democracy (CID) at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Georgia Ballot Return Tool is a first-of-its-kind interactive mapping resource for visualizing early ballots cast by registered voters in real time during an election, whether the voting is done in-person or by mail. The Tool assists Georgia election officials and community groups involved in election planning and voter outreach for the January 2021 U.S. Senate runoff elections. The Tool also visualizes early registered voter turnout by precinct for the November 3rd, 2020 General Election.

As of , at least people have reportedly voted using mail, in person, and electronic early ballot return methods in the 2021 Georgia Senate run-off.
The Tool will be updated soon to visualize full election results.

About The Tool

Using publicly available voter data, the web-based Georgia Ballot Return Tool generates visualized data maps of ballots cast by registered voters at the county and precinct level. This technology allows users to pinpoint the level of community voting activities by hovering or zooming in on a particular area or neighborhood. CID updates the maps daily as voting data is made available. First introduced in Los Angeles County during the 2020 General Election, the Ballot Return Tool provides election officials, community advocacy groups and the general public a better way to track ballots returned and transparently monitor voting activity, as well as plan voter services and outreach.

The Ballot Return Tool is one of two web-based applications offered by CID to help election officials and voting advocates with decision making and outreach. The CID Voting Location Siting Tool—a web-based interactive data mapping system is available for 10 states, including Georgia. The Siting Tool helps communities identify accessible vote centers and polling places likely to have the most success serving voters. Its robust and detailed data maps have also been widely used to inform voter outreach efforts at the community level.

Electronic Ballots: Military and overseas voters may choose to receive their ballots either electronically or by regular mail.