Georgia Runoff Special Election Information
JAN 5, 2021
Why is Georgia having a special runoff election?
In some states, if a candidate does not receive more than 50% of the vote, a new election is held between the top two vote recipients. This new election is called a "runoff," and will ultimately determine the winner. The outcome will decide the winner of two U.S. Senate races. The outcome of this runoff will determine which party has control of the Senate.
Why does the Senate matter?
The Senate has the power to extend unemployment benefits to Americans who continue to struggle during the pandemic. Emergency unemployment benefits expire December 26th, 4.1 million Georgians have had to apply for unemployment since the start of the pandemic and over 230,000 Georgians are still unemployed.
The Senate has the power to approve stimulus checks to Americans who need it most. In March 2020, Americans were mailed a $1,200 check to provide financial support at the beginning of this uncertain period. We are almost 10 months into a pandemic and Americans have not seen any other support.
Senators have the power to fight for more affordable and widespread healthcare. Georgia has some of the highest healthcare costs in the country. Rural hospital closures in Georgia put our medical care at risk and damage our communities’ economic prospects.
Federal intervention is urgently needed to address the harms done by policing and immigration enforcement to Black, Asian, and Latinx communities. Senators have the power to move forward legislation shaped by Black organizers and policy experts to prioritize healthcare, education, transportation, and more.
WHEN IS THE RUNOFF ELECTION?
January 5, 2021
HOW TO VOTE IN GEORGIA?
VOTE BY MAIL
Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot online with ID HERE
Without ID, you can use this form. Return by fax, email or in person.
BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY BY 7 PM ON JANUARY 5.
VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY
You can vote in person on election day, January 5.
Find your county polling place HERE
Bring and ID*
Wear a mask!
Bring snacks & water
Bring hand sanitizer
Bring a pen
Physical distance 6 ft apart.
Be prepared to wait in line. Follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks to limit your exposure to COVID-19.
*BRING AN ID
Accepted ID: ANY valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); Georgia driver's license, even if expired; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; valid US passport ID; valid US military photo ID; student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school; or a valid tribal photo ID.
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. If you are a first-time voter, you will need to provide a copy of your ID within three days after the election to your County Board of Elections and Registration. As long as you do so, your provisional ballot will be counted, as long as you are otherwise eligible to vote.
PROTECT YOUR VOTE!
ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE:
866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683
888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682
888-API-VOTE / 888-274-8683
844-YALLA-US / 844-925-5287
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