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Get Ready for the Georgia Runoff Election

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.

The Races

  • 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.

Deadlines

  • 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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

Ballot  

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:

Ballot Return 

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


Congratulations! We are thrilled about our 46th President!

My fellow Americans —

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

A new day has come to America and to the world. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the White House and democracy will prevail!
 
Joe Biden will be a president for us all, healing the divisions that have so fragmented the country. He is a thoughtful statesman, and an experienced legislator and leader, but above all he is a truly empathetic and kind person.
 
Democrats Abroad are also thrilled to have helped elect Kamala Harris as Vice President. She is a groundbreaking leader and her legal and senatorial careers have more than demonstrated her keen intelligence, progressive values, and ability to build coalitions. She will be a role model for generations.
 
Thank you to all of our voters, leaders, and volunteers for your efforts! We have risen to the challenge of our time and our votes have been the margin of victory in this historic win!

Ballot Curing

     

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.


#CountOurVotes Gatherings

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


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Spotting & Stopping Online Misinformation

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Happy Election Day!

Share these resources with your friends and family back home!

 
If you see voter intimidation, blocking of voters, etc. happening at polls do the following:
  1. Notify a poll worker.

  2. Call the DNC voter protection hotline at 1-833-336-8683.
    Call your state voter suppression hotline:

    Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA⁣⁣⁣⁣
    Arabic: 844-YALLA-US⁣⁣⁣⁣
    Asian Languages: 888-API-VOTE⁣⁣⁣⁣
    For disability-related voting issues: 800-692-7443⁣
    Returning citizens: 877-MY-VOTE-0

  3. Report it to http://seesay2020.com

  4. Call the police at your discretion; remember you should assume police may escalate any situation involving persons of color/other minorities.

  5. State laws very but you have a phone - use it. Make sure it’s OK to record video/take pictures at a polling place.

It's Election Day!


Voting Info You Need This Week

  • New Hampshire: Request Ballot by November 2 at 5 PM
    (Ballots have to be received via post by November 3 at 5 PM)

  • North Carolina: Register or Request Ballot by November 2 at 5 PM
    (Ballots have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 7:30 PM)

  • Iowa: Request Ballot by November 2
    (Ballots have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 9 PM)

  • Maine: Register or Request Ballot by November 3 at 5 PM
    (Ballots have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 8 PM)

  • Arizona: Request Ballot by November 3 at 6:59 PM
    (Ballots have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 7 PM, so make your request earlier than that!)

  • Colorado: Register by November 3 at 7 PM
    (Ballots also have to be sent via email, fax, or online portal by November 3 at 7 PM, so register earlier than that!)

  • Montana: Register or Request Ballot by November 3 at 8 PM
    (Ballots also have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 8 PM, so make your request earlier than that!)

  • Minnesota: Register or Request Ballot by November 3
    However, please note BALLOTS RECEIVED BY NOV 3RD at 8 PM (MN time) WILL BE TIMELY
    If a ballot is postmarked by Nov 3rd and received by Nov 10th, it’ll be set aside and the court will determine later if it will be counted.

  • Pennsylvania: Ballot Request by November 2
    (Ballots have to be postmarked by November 2 at 11:59 PM and received by November 10 at 5 PM)

  • Florida: Ballot Request by November 3
    (Ballots have to be received via fax by November 3 at 7 PM, so make your request earlier than that!)

  • Georgia: Ballot Request by November 3
    (Ballots have to be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 6)

  • South Carolina: Ballot Request by November 3
    (Ballots have to be received via email or fax by November 3 at 7 PM, so make your request earlier than that!)

Email-to-fax services: