Time running out for early voting in Senate races

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Georgia voters have only four more days to cast an early vote in the crucial General Election U.S. Senate runoff. Advance voting ends Thursday (Dec. 31). Election Day is Jan. 5

Until then, all voting will take place at the Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Election Day is Jan. 5 when all precincts will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

As of last Wednesday when the Elections Office closed for the Christmas Holiday, 5,401 votes had been cast in Dawson County, representing approximately, 25 percent of the county’s registered voters.

According to the Georgia Votes website, approximately two million people have cast early ballots in Georgia. The election will determine which political party will holds the majority in the Senate during the first two years of President Joe Biden’s administration.

To flip control, the Democrats must win both races. If Democrat Jon Ossoff defeats incumbent Sen. David Perdue and Rev. Raphael Warnock defeats Kelly Loeffler, the Senate will be split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris would be cast a tie-breaking vote.

765 in-person ballots cast on first day of voting

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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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