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Georgia's U.S. Senate run-off: What to know, where to vote, what to bring

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Posted at 9:33 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 21:35:12-05

GEORGIA (WTXL) — Election Day for the U.S. Senate runoff is January 5, 2021.

As Georgia voters head to the polls to decide the state’s next two U.S. Senators, the twin runoff elections will not only affect Georgians but will also determine the balance of power for the U.S. Senate.

Republican incumbents, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, have campaigned to keep their seats. If their Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, both win, Democrats will reclaim the Senate majority.

According to data compiled by the University of Florida's U.S. Elections Project, three million people have already voted in the run-off races, almost 40 percent of all the registered voters in the state.

Who can vote

  • You have to register to vote before Election Day in Georgia.To register in Georgia, you must:
    • be a citizen of the United States
    • be a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you want to vote
    • be 18 years old within six months after the day of registration, and be 18 years old to vote
    • not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
    • not have been judicially determined to be mentally incompetent, unless the disability has been removed

Go to Your Polling Place

  • On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling place. You can find your assigned polling location on your voter registration card by logging into the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page by clicking here or contacting your County Board of Registrar's Office by clicking here.
  • Polling places are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • If you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot.

What to bring

  • You will need to show a photo ID to vote in Georgia. Acceptable forms include 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 on a provisional ballot. 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.

If you encounter a problem at the polls, please contact your County Board of Registrar's Office by clicking here or the Georgia Secretary of State by clicking here.

Call the Secretary of State at 877-725-9797 to report an issue.

You can also submit a complaint online to the Secretary of State Elections Division by clicking here.