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What’s on your runoff ballot? Just two races, but little time to vote early.

By Maggie Lee

There are only two statewide races on the Dec. 4 runoff ballot, but the election schedule is tighter than it was for the long general election.

Every county sets its own early voting places and times, but one thing is the same: there are not weeks of early voting like there were in the general election, and anyone asking for an absentee ballot by mail will need to return it quickly, by Dec. 4.

Fulton is opening 15 early voting locations from Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30. (Absentee application)

DeKalb is opening three early voting locations from Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30. (Absentee application)

Gwinnett is opening one early voting location from Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30. (Absentee application)

Cobb is opening six early voting locations from Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30. (Absentee application)

For other counties, try the state’s website. If it’s not there, you have to Google or call your county for that information.

For an absentee application, you can contact your county or go to the state’s My Voter Page.

If you asked for an absentee ballot in the general election and are 65 or older or have a physical disability, you may already be signed up to receive an absentee ballot in the runoff. There’s a check box on the absentee ballot application to request that service.

Anyone can check the status of an absentee ballot via the secretary of state’s My Voter Page.

First on the ballot is the runoff for secretary of state between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger.

Secretaries of state oversee voting, though much of the administration is done by counties.

Both men recently talked about their priorities on WABE’s “Closer look with Rose Scott.”

The other is a runoff for the Public Service Commission — that’s the state board that regulates some utilities, like Georgia Power. So it oversees expansion of Plant Vogtle, a late-running, over-budget expansion of an existing nuclear power plant on the Savannah River below Augusta.

The candidates there are incumbent Republican Chuck Eaton and Democrat challenger Lindy Miller. Check out a Q and A with Eaton and Miller from Atlanta Magazine.



Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.


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1 Comment

  1. Alberta Folk December 2, 2018 10:51 pm

    I just want to let someone know that is Sunday December 2nd and I have not received my absentee ballot that I requested on November 19th. I am out of town and no balance has come to date. If I get an absentee ballot on Monday in order to even get it back in time I would have to find a post office somewhere who can accept an Express mail delivery to Georgia. This is a travesty and I plan to notify the acting Secretary of State about this as well as Gwinnett County Registrar Office. Thank you Miss Alberta folk from Gwinnett County.Report


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