Information about this election can be found here.
Regular Senate Election
The following is a selection of information courtesy of BallotPedia.org and the candidates' campaign websites.
|Jon Ossoff||David Perdue|
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Congress and the Administration should focus on boosting the health response, shoring up Americans’ finances, and speeding up containment and adaptation so Americans can return to work and normal life as soon as possible.
I strongly encourage all Georgians to do their part to protect themselves and their communities by following the recommended safety precautions: wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a mask.
This crisis is laying bare structural inequity and corruption in U.S. economic policy. Similar to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, while hardship is concentrated among working- and middle-class families and smaller businesses, the fastest and biggest emergency relief has gone straight to the top.
I’m committed to strengthening our critical infrastructure. The Port of Savannah recently became the top U.S. port for agricultural exports and is the third fastest growing port in the country. After nearly 20 years of failures by career politicians, we’ve secured full federal funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), which is expected to be completed by early 2022.
|Roe v. Wade / Protecting Life||
Being pro-life is a deeply held conviction for me. I believe we have a moral obligation to promote a culture that values life and protects the innocent, including the unborn.
|Gun Safety Reforms / 2nd Amendment||
The right to bear arms is a freedom enshrined in the Constitution. We should focus on enforcing the gun laws already on the books to keep our families and communities safe.
|Criminal Justice Reform / Safety||
Elections were held for both of Georgia's US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both races are going to runoff elections on January 5, 2021. This is because no candidate received at least 50% of the vote.
- US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) vs David Perdue (Republican)
- US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) vs Kelly Loeffler (Republican)
You can find an overview of these candidates here.
- Dec. 7, 2020 - Register to vote, if needed [Email, fax, or postal mail]
- Jan. 5, 2021 - Request a ballot, if needed [Email, fax, or postal mail]
- Jan. 5, 2021 - Voted ballot postmark deadline [Postal mail return only]
- Jan. 8, 2021 - Deadline for voted ballot to be received in GA and for any ballot curing to be completed
Registration and Ballot Request
Check your absentee ballot status on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. After you submit your information, go to "Click Here for Absentee Ballot Status" in the lower-left.
- If it shows that your absentee application has been received for the January 5 runoff, you don't need to submit a new Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).
- If it doesn't show that the absentee application has been received, you can vote in the runoff election but will need to submit an FPCA as soon as possible (January 5 deadline).
- If you aren't registered to vote but will be 18 by January 5, you can vote in the runoff election but will need to submit an FPCA by December 7, 2020.
Ballots for the January 5 runoff election are now available. Please check all email folders, including your spam folder, to make sure you have received your official ballot.
If your official ballot is lost or delayed, we are strongly recommending that voters abroad fill out and mail in a backup ballot (Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot or FWAB). Because the FWAB isn't set up for two Senate races, here is a sample FWAB showing how to fill it out:
The instructions will indicate how to prepare your ballot for mailing and will provide the mailing address for your election office in GA.
Returning Ballot by Courier (International Express Mail Service)
Given the deadlines and the fact that the Christmas season will further exacerbate the mailing disruptions caused by COVID, we recommend that you use a courier service to return your ballot (if possible). We strongly recommend voters use a courier service for any ballots mailed back in December.
A DACH member in Zurich has kindly offered to let other Georgia voters use her corporate FedEx account to return their ballots. Due to Federal Election Commission rules, you must pay the postage or courier fees for sending ballots yourself. Democrats Abroad cannot send them for you. However, with this corporate rate the courier fee is significantly reduced.
If you are interested in using this option, please complete this Google Form. You will need to know the address of your Election Office, which you can find here. FedEx cannot deliver to PO Boxes, so you may need to contact your local election official for a street address.
Verify Your Ballot was Accepted and Fix if Needed
After you mail in your ballot, be sure to verify that it was accepted. If your ballot is rejected for signature issues, GA will let you fix it. The deadline to do so is January 8, 2021.
Additional Information and Resources
I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris.
In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.
With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.
It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.
We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.
- Joe Biden, November 7, 2020
Statement from Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad
Georgia voters abroad ! Track your ballot by TODAY and make sure it's good to go. More details here.
Arizona voters abroad! Track your ballot by November 10 (Tuesday) to check it's counted. Details here.
Nevadans abroad! The path to the White House may be up to you! Check your ballot by November 12 (Thursday) and make sure it's good to go. Details here.
North Carolinians abroad! Check your ballot online to make sure it's set to "valid return". If it's not the deadline to fix is November 12 (Thursday), details here.
Democrats Abroad has already held public gatherings of US Citizens demanding all votes be tallied, especially before any official declaration of who will be the next US President. Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH), will gather at 2 pm Saturday, 7 November in their respective cities as a show of resistance to the current President’s attempt to disenfranchise voters.
Note that this post may be updated as additional events are finalized.
Please bring a #CountOurVotes sign (or make your own). Masks must be worn and we will observe social distancing guidelines. We will not gather in groups of more than 15 and information will be collected for contact tracing.
If you aren't able to attend one of our events, please consider having an individual demonstration, taking a photo or video and posting it to social media.
Social media information: Tag @demsabroad and @swissdemocrats; hashtags #CountOurVotes, #DAResists, #CountEveryVote
Share these resources with your friends and family back home!
- Notify a poll worker.
- Call the DNC voter protection hotline at 1-833-336-8683.
Call your state voter suppression hotline:
Asian Languages: 888-API-VOTE
For disability-related voting issues: 800-692-7443
Returning citizens: 877-MY-VOTE-0
- Report it to http://seesay2020.com
- Call the police at your discretion; remember you should assume police may escalate any situation involving persons of color/other minorities.
- State laws very but you have a phone - use it. Make sure it’s OK to record video/take pictures at a polling place.