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On January 5, 2021 Georgia will determine which party controls the US Senate with two runoff elections.
If no candidate in an election earns over 50% of the vote in Georgia, state law dictates that the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff election. Georgia is one of a dozen states, most of which are in the South, that use runoff elections. In addition to the Senate races, a runoff for a Georgia Public Service Commissioner election will also take place on January 5.
In the state’s regularly-scheduled US Senate election, first-term Republican David Perdue will go to a runoff against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old former investigative journalist and US House staffer who ran in the high-profile 2017 special election for the US House in Georgia.
There’s also a special US Senate election taking place to determine who will fill the seat held by former Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned in late 2019 over health concerns, and serve out the rest of his term until 2022.
Republican Kelly Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman and WNBA team owner, was appointed to the seat after Isakson’s resignation. After competing in a jungle special election with 20 other candidates, on November 3 she competed in a runoff against Democrat Raphael Warnock, a senior pastor at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Democrats will need to win both races in order to get to 50 seats in the Senate, which would allow Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to serve as the tie-breaking vote and give Democrats a narrow majority in the chamber.
Georgia voters made history this November in voting to hand the state’s 16 Electoral College votes to President-elect Joe Biden, making him the first Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state since former President Bill Clinton in 1992.
The former Republican bastion will now be the site of millions of dollars in outside spending and get-out-the-vote efforts. Here’s how to vote in the runoff elections:
When is the deadline to register to vote in Georgia?
The deadline to register to vote for the runoffs is on Monday, December 7.
Importantly, 17-year-old Georgians who will turn 18 by January 5 can register and vote too.
Georgia voters have the option to register to vote through the state’s online portal, by mail with a paper application, or when applying for or renewing a driver’s license at the DMV. You must be a US citizen and 18 years of age on Election Day to vote.
When is the deadline to vote by mail?
Any registered voter in Georgia can vote from home with a mail ballot without an excuse. Especially with COVID-19 cases steadily rising in Georgia and nationwide as winter approaches, voting by mail is a safe and convenient way to cast a ballot.
You can request your mail ballot now, either through the state’s relatively new online request portal or with a paper application mailed to your local elections office.
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Source:: Business Insider – Politics