DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The county elections office reported today (Dec. 15) that 765 in-person votes were cast on the first day of advance voting in the General Election Runoff for state and federal offices.
Voters tend to turn out in lower numbers for runoff elections. By contrast, the November general election with President Donald Trump on the ballot attracted 930 voters on the first day of advance voting.
“It was a pretty heavy first day for a runoff,” said Brittany Payne in the elections office.
The Senate races between incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Democrat Rev. Ralph Warnock and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff have major national as well as statewide importance. Republicans must win at least one of the races to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.
Just how important the races are can be gauged by the amount of money, particularly outside-the-state-money, the candidates have collected. One recent report shows that the four candidates have spent in excess of $400 million on advertising so far. Estimates indicate more than 90 percent of the donations have come from outside Georgia.
Advance voting will continue for three weeks. Election Day is Jan. 5 when all precincts will be open from 7a.m. until 7 p.m.
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Pickens County Schools announced they will close all schools starting Monday, Oct. 26 through Nov. 6. Traditional students will transition to distance learning on Monday.
The decision comes after the district had 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 584 students, teachers, and staff in quarantined.
According to a press release from the system, the buildings will be deep cleaned during the closure as well as all buses.
“We are making this decision with a heavy heart but with the best interest of everyone in mind,” said Destini Shope, Director of Community Engagement and Public Relations.
The decision was based on recommendations from the Department of Public Health.
Staff members are encouraged to avoid entering the buildings unless absolutely necessary and should contact the building administrator.
Tate, Hill City, and PJHS will continue to serve as polling locations on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Those locations will be cleaned before and after Election Day.
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