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How to Vote - Georgia State Runoff
This January, make your voice heard. ATL UTD is teaming up with Rock the Vote to ensure our 17s have all the knowledge and tools to show up at the polls for the Georgia State Runoff.
December 7: Last Day to Register to Vote for the Senate Runoff Election
December 14: Start of Early Voting in Georgia
December 22-23: Early Voting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
December 26-30: Early Voting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
January 5: State Runoff Election
Each state has two U.S. Senators. To maintain stability, elections for the two seats are typically staggered so that a state’s two seats are not up for reelection at the same time; however, in the 2020 General Election both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats were up for election and both are now in a runoff. The outcome of the runoff elections will determine which party - Republican or Democratic - controls the U.S. Senate. Here’s the backstory:
Georgia’s U.S. Senate Seat 1, held by Republican Senator David Perdue was a regularly scheduled election. In the 2020 General Election between incumbent David Perdue (R), Jon Ossoff (D), and Shane Hazel (I), while close, no candidate surpassed the 50% threshold forcing a runoff between Perdue, incumbent (R) and Ossoff (D).
Georgia’s U.S. Senate Seat 2 is a special election. Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler was appointed after former Republican Senator Johnny Isakson retired due to health reasons in 2019. The election is to determine who carries out the remainder of what would have been Isakson’s term. In the 2020 General Election, 20 candidates split the vote forcing a runoff between Loeffler, incumbent (R) and Raphael Warnock (D).
The 2020 General Election has left the U.S. Senate with 48 Democrats (this includes two independents who caucus with the Democratic Party) and 50 Republicans. Both runoff elections in Georgia are highly competitive and influence who controls the Senate.
If at least one Republican incumbent is re-elected, the Senate will continue under Republican control with Senator Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. If Democratic candidates win both Senate seats in Georgia, the Senate will tie 50-to-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking vote.
Click here to check your registration status then follow this step-by-step guide to confirm your status and check your polling locations.
Complete the information fields for the “MVP Login:” section on the right of the page.
Once you hit submit, your unique “My Voter Page” will populate.
Under the “Polling Place for State, County, and Municipal Elections” section, follow the ” Click Here for Early Voting Locations and Times” link to populate your county’s early voting election centers.
When is Election Day?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020; however, Election Season is here and voters across the country are already casting ballots through early and absentee voting.
Where and When Do I Vote on Election Day?
Polling location and hours are dependent on where you are registered to vote. Many polling locations have changed in 2020 due to COVID-19 so even if you have been voting at the same polling location for years, verify your polling location has not changed before you go. You can look-up your polling place and hours here: Rock the Vote’s Polling Place Look-Up Tool. Note, polling place data may be delayed as states are still working to identify polling locations.
What must I bring with me?
Many states have ID requirements, especially for individuals who are voting in that state for the first time. Visit RocktheVote.org to find out your ID requirements to vote. Bring your sample ballot with you. If you have already selected your choices it will make voting that much more efficient. If you haven’t, use the sample ballot to do research on your phone while you are in line.
Save the Election Protection Hotline in Your Phone (866-OUR-VOTE)
Save the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE in your phone’s contacts under a name you’ll remember. Call the Hotline with any voting-related question or if you run into any problems at the polls. The team of volunteer lawyers will answer your questions and record any issues so voting rights organizations can track and address trouble areas.
Know Your Rights - Prepare to Be Your Own Advocate
Check out Rock the Vote’s Know Your Rights resources and get familiar with your state’s voting policies and your voting rights at rockthevote.org so you can be your own advocate. Bookmark and/or screenshot the information so it’s handy for you or others in case you believe you are misinformed at the polls.
Realize Poll Workers are Temporary Workers, and Many Will Be New
Poll workers, also known as election judges, are regular people just like us who sign up to help each election. They are well-meaning and performing an important civic function, and many are well-trained and experienced. But these are temporary positions, and many poll workers will be new this year. Sometimes poll workers rely on old information or are misinformed. They do not have all the answers. This is why it’s important to be familiar with the voting policies in your state/county. Should you believe you are being misinformed, refer the poll worker to the correct information from your state or local election officials.
Stay in Line, Even if It's Past Closing Hours
We expect long lines on Election Day. If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote. If someone tries to tell you to get out of line, don’t get out of line. Instead call 866-OUR-VOTE to report.
What to do if You are Witnessing or Encountering Voter Intimidation
Voter intimidation is against the law. Do not tolerate it. Local election officials and law enforcement have a responsibility to protect voters from voter intimidation of any kind. Examples of voter intimidation include:
Persons attempting to interrupt or intimidate voters by questioning, challenging, photographing or videotaping them at a polling place.
Aggressively questioning voters about their political choices, citizenship, criminal record or other qualifications to vote.
Physically blocking polling places.
Yelling at people, calling people names or using threatening gestures or language in or near a polling place, including while people are in line.
Spreading false information about voter requirements.
Falsely representing oneself as an election official.
Displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and related criminal penalties.
If you are being threatened with violence, call 911. If you are witnessing or encountering voter intimidation, call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to get help from a trained volunteer and to report voter intimidation so voting rights organizations can track and address trouble areas. For non-English speakers, there are some language-specific options available.
What is a Provisional Ballot?
Provisional ballots help ensure voters are not excluded from the voting process due to an administrative error. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when the eligibility of a voter is in question and needs to be resolved before the vote is counted.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 guarantees that a voter is entitled to vote using a provisional ballot if the voter states they are entitled to a vote. Some states call provisional ballots “challenge ballots” or “affidavit ballots”.
Individuals may be asked to complete a provisional ballot if there is uncertainty about the voter’s eligibility. This would include cases in which the potential voter’s name is not on the voter rolls; required documentation in the state such as an acceptable form of identification or proof of residency is not presented when trying to vote; or even if records show the potential voter received a mail-in ballot.
In most states, provisional ballots are kept separate from other ballots until after the election and a determination is made as to whether each voter was eligible to vote, and therefore if the ballot should be counted. Usually within the first day or two after an election, election officials will investigate the provisional ballots to determine eligibility. Voters who used a provisional ballot can and should proactively reach out to their election official to provide information or documentation to help resolve questions about their eligibility to vote.
What Should I Do if I'm Being Told to Use a Provisional Ballot?
Each election, voters are told they need to complete a provisional ballot, when they could have used a regular ballot. Don’t simply accept a provisional ballot. Call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR VOTE to explain the situation and see if you should vote using a regular or provisional ballot based on your specific circumstance.
What Should I Do if I'm Turned Away at the Polls?
Even if you are told you cannot vote using a regular ballot, you should state you are entitled to a vote and ask for a provisional ballot.
What Should I Wear to Vote?
Most states ban electioneering/campaigning within a certain radius of the polling location. In many cases, that means you can’t wear anything that is explicitly for/against a candidate, campaign, or political party. That includes shirts, bags, pins, and hats. General pro-voting messaging is totally acceptable!
Because there is a good chance you’ll be in line for an extended period of time, wear comfortable shoes and comfortable, layered clothing.
After you vote, put on your “I Voted” Sticker and wear it proudly!
What Other Things Should I Do to Prepare to Vote In-Person?
Lines are expected to be long on Election Day - in some areas the lines will be several hours long so proactively address any potential scheduling conflicts. Some examples:
Arrange your work schedule so you can take off as long as you need whether that means notifying your boss, taking the day off, making a shift change, not scheduling meetings
Talk with your teachers and professors about your intention to vote and unknowns with regard to how long it will take. See if there’s any homework you should do while you are in line so you don’t fall behind.
Don’t make any hard to reschedule plans that will force you to decide between canceling plans or voting.
Arrange flexible childcare so if you need to extend childcare hours because you are still in line, it’s ok.
In Addition to an Acceptable Form of Identification, What Should I Bring With Me?
Lines are expected to be long on Election Day - in some areas the lines will be several hours long so go early and prepare accordingly. Better to be prepared than sorry.
Reach out to friends and family to see if you are voting at the same location and consider going together to keep one another company as you pass the time.
Start making a list of things you may want to pack. Note, anything you may need to pick up ahead of time. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Black pen in case you can use your own
Your sample ballot and preselected choices
An acceptable form of identification
Layers - wear and/or bring
Blanket to sit or wrap up in
Umbrella in case it rains or the sun is too hot
Phone charger in case there is a place to charge
Portable charger, if you have one
Headphones (consider Bluetooth headphones may lose their charge)
Book, magazines, or projects to keep you busy
Water or other drinks
Chapstick and lotion
Flashlight and extra batteries in case you are there in the dark