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There will be a runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia between Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) on December 6, 2022. The winner will serve a six-year term, so the outcome of this race will have a lasting impact on Democrats’ ability to keep fighting for issues that just can’t wait, from a woman’s right to choose to racial justice to environmental protection!

The good news: You can vote from abroad in the December 6 runoff election, as long as you were registered to vote in Georgia before November 7, 2022. But you will need to act quickly!

As we just saw in the November 8 midterm elections, every single vote really does count. 

Thank you for voting from abroad in the December 6 runoff election!

What to Do First?

How you will go about voting from abroad in Georgia’s December 6 runoff elections depends on several factors, e.g. whether you already received ballots for the November 8 general election and December 6 runoff election and/or already voted in either. We’ve posed a series of questions below to help you identify where to start followed by action steps to be taken in your unique case.

Question #1: If you voted in the November 8 general election, did you also return a second official ballot for the December 6 runoff election?

If yes – confirm that your official runoff ballot was received and accepted (go to Action Step #3).

If no – immediately vote and return your official runoff ballot, which should be available on Georgia’s My Voter Portal. If your official runoff ballot is not available, vote and return a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”) (go to Action Step #2). In either case, confirm that the ballot you voted for the runoff arrived and will be accepted (then Action Step #3). 

Question #2: If you did NOT vote in the November 8 general election, did you receive a ballot that you just didn’t return?

If yes  immediately vote and return your official runoff ballot, which should be available on Georgia’s My Voter Portal. If your official runoff ballot is not available, vote and return a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”) (go to Action Step #2). In either case, confirm that the ballot you voted for the runoff arrived and will be accepted (then Action Step #3). 

If no immediately submit a ballot request (Federal Postcard Application, “FPCA”) electronically (go to Action Step #1) and immediately vote and return a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”) (then Action Step #2). Then confirm your FWAB arrived and will be accepted (then Action Step #3).


How to Vote From Abroad in the December 6 Runoff

Before getting started, please:

  1. Confirm your starting point using the questions in the section above
  2. Log in to Georgia’s My Voter Portal to confirm your voter registration status and locate the voter information GA has on file for you (GA address, Party affiliation, etc.): https://mvp.sos.ga.gov

Action Step #1 – Submit a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”) using VoteFromAbroad.org (**only for voters who did NOT receive Nov 8 general election ballot**)

  • Have your GA voter information as displayed on Georgia’s My Voter Portal handy
  • Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org, select “Georgia”, and then click on “Get Started”
  • Fill out the FPCA as prompted on VoteFromAbroad.org, entering the information exactly as it appears on file for you in Georgia’s My Voter Portal
  • Email your completed FPCA right from VoteFromAbroad.org
  • Download your completed FPCA and also send it to your local election office using your own email 

If your starting point is Action Step #1, you must have submitted an FPCA by November 28 in order to vote in the December 6 runoff election.

Action Step #2 – Vote in the December 6 runoff election using your official runoff ballot, or if unavailable, a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”)

  • Go to Georgia’s My Voter Portal and if your official runoff ballot is available, download it, fill it out, and return it to Georgia by postal mail or courier (recommended).
  • If your official runoff ballot isn’t available on Georgia’s My Voter Portal, vote using a FWAB. 
    • Have your GA voter information as displayed on Georgia’s My Voter Portal handy
    • Go to www.fvap.gov/fwab, select “Georgia”, and follow the prompts
    • Fill out the FWAB
      • DO NOT click “I also request voter registration.”
      • DO NOT sign your FWAB
      • DO  enter the information exactly as it appears on file for you in Georgia’s My Voter Portal

Whichever ballot you use, please be sure to:

  • Fill out, sign, date, and return the “Oath of Elector”
  • Use two envelopes – one “secrecy” envelope that contains your voted and unsigned ballot and one larger outer envelope that contains the sealed secrecy envelope and your completed, signed, and dated Oath of Elector
  • Mail or courier (recommended) your ballot to your local election office in Georgia
    • The return details can be found on Georgia’s My Voter Page 

Your voted runoff ballot must be postmarked by December 6 & received in GA by December 9!

Action Step #3 – Confirm your official runoff ballot was received and will be counted 

  • Sign into Georgia’s My Voter Portal at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov 
  • Click on “Absentee Ballot Portal” and under “Absentee Ballot History” locate “General/Special Election Runoff” with date “12/06/2022” 
  • Under “Accepted Ballot Status”, look for “Accepted”
    • If it doesn’t say “Accepted,” please contact your local election office immediately to inquire about the status of your ballot. The contact details can be found on Georgia’s My Voter Page.

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