Georgians have until December 7 to register to vote in Senate runoff & other key dates
Are you participating or volunteering in Georgia’s January runoffs?
By Lorelei Yang, Countable News
Georgia will hold two runoff elections for its pair of Senate seats on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The results of these two races could determine which party controls the upper chamber.
For Peach Staters wondering about the election schedule, or for those interested in donating their money or time to the runoff, we’ve pulled together some key dates.
Now - Register to Vote
If you’re a Georgian, make sure you’re registered to vote:
December 7 - Voter Registration Deadline
Georgia voters have until December 7, 2020, to register to participate in the runoff. This includes 17-and-a-half-year-olds who will turn 18 by January 5.
- Register online via the Georgia Secretary of State's website
- Print and mail this fillable voter registration form
- Get a voter registration form at your county board of registrars' office, an election office, library, school, recruitment office, or college registrar's office
December 14 - Early Voting Begins
There are a number of ways to vote in the runoff: early, absentee, or in person. Keep reading for instructions for each option.
Option 1: Vote early starting on December 14
- Early voting begins on December 14, 2020
- Check your county's elections site for polling place locations and hours
Option 2: Request and return an absentee ballot as early as possible
- Request an absentee ballot online or print and return an absentee ballot application to your county board of registrars via mail, fax, or email
- Request and send your absentee ballot as soon as possible: although state law says that absentee ballots can be requested through the Friday before the election, the Friday before the January 5 runoff is New Year's Day and there may be postal delays
- Return your absentee ballot so it can be received by 7 p.m. January 5
- Drop your ballot at an official county drop box up until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check your county's election website for details and drop box locations: Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton
January 5, 2021 - Federal Runoff Election Day
Option 3: Vote in person on January 5
- Voting in person remains available as an option for the January 5 runoff
- To vote in person, you'll need a valid photo ID
- If you've moved, you'll need to file a notice of your new address in writing to the county board of registrars' office or submit a new voter registration application
If you're unsure about your voter registration status, need to find your poll location, or want to see a sample ballot for the upcoming election, click over to the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page.
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