Vote Again December 4
The next statewide election will be held Tuesday, December 4.
Early voting will be held the week prior: November 26-30. Look up your county for the times and places you may vote early.
The December 4 election is a run-off for the General Election held November 6.
Georgia law requires a candidate to receive at least a majority (50% or more) of votes cast in order to win an election. Sometimes, in elections with three candidates, no one will meet this threshold, so the two top finishers will meet again in a run-off.
This happened in two of our recent statewide elections, those for Secretary of State and a seat on the Public Service Commission.
Who Can Vote?
If you were eligible to vote in the November 6 General Election, you may vote in this run-off election.
It does not matter whether you actually voted in the last election; if you were eligible, you may vote in the run-off.
Who's on the Ballot?
Secretary of State
The Georgia Secretary of State oversees elections, registers corporations, supervises professional licensing, oversees the state securities market, and regulates charities.
The two candidates are Republican Brad Raffensberger and Democrat John Barrow.
Public Service Commission (District 3)
The Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications, electric services, and natural gas services.
There are five seats on the Commission, each representing a geographical area of the state, but each Commissioner is elected by a statewide vote of all Georgians. District 3 represents Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, and Rockdale counties.
The two candidates are Republican Chuck Eaton and Democrat Lindy Miller.
Information for New Voters
If were registered to vote by October 6, you may vote in this run-off, even if you have not voted before.
If you have not voted before, here are some tips to remember:
- Do not wear campaign materials — T-shirts, buttons, pins, etc. to the polling place.
- Make sure you have an acceptable ID, which can be any of the following:
- Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
- 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)
- Valid government employee photo ID: federal, state, or local
- Valid U.S. passport
- Valid U.S. military photo ID
- Valid tribal photo ID
- As long as you are in line when the polls close, you may vote. Most polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m., but check your polling place to be sure.
- Your employer must let you arrive late or leave early if you don’t have at least 2 hours of available voting time before or after your shift. You may not be paid for this time off.
Make a Difference
In the just-completed election, Georgia set records for voter registration, early voting, and turnout. Will these trends continue in the run-off election?
Historically, turnout for run-off elections drops significantly. With two closely contested offices to be decided December 4, your vote could really make a difference.
You can help shape your democracy. Get out and vote!