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. Georgia is having a re-election for two U.S. senators. The outcome of this election will determine who has control of the Senate. Election Day is January 5, but EARLY VOTING has already started. See “How to Vote” below.
- 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.
The Senate has the power to put a ban on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationwide over 9 million Americans are behind on rent and in Georgia alone, over 160,000 people could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year if no action is taken. The current ban on evictions expires on December 31, 2020, we need Senators who will protect renters.
Even if you did not vote or were not registered by the November election, you have the right to vote in January.
Check your registration status here.
You have options!
- You can Vote by Mail. You can drop it off in the mail or a vote drop box.
- You can Vote early in person December 14-Jan 1. Find your polling place here.
- You can Vote in person or by mail on January 5. Find your polling place here. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID!
- We suggest that you mail in your ballot Prior to December 18th because of postal delays.
If you are voting in person on Election Day, please do so with caution. Follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks to limit your exposure to Covid19.
- Bring a valid ID
- Bring a mask
- Bring snacks and water
- Hand sanitizer
- Your own pen
You will need to show 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 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.
Election Protection Hotline
ENGLISH 866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683
SPANISH/ENGLISH 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682
ASIAN LANGUAGES/ENGLISH 888-API-VOTE / 888-274-8683
ARABIC/ENGLISH 844-YALLA-US / 844-925-528