An Explainer: The 2020 Georgia Senate Runoff Elections

  • 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 votes.
  • Check your registration status: The deadline to register to vote in time for the January 5 Senate runoff was December 7. It is not too late to check your registration status online here.
  • Vote Early: Early voting for the election starts on Monday, December 14. Dates and hours vary by county and location, especially with the holidays. Find your early voting location, dates and hours here.
  • Absentee Voting: Voters must request an absentee ballot — even if they voted absentee for the 2020 General Election — before the deadline on Friday, January 1, 2021. However, many local election offices will be closed for the holiday and it can take time to receive your ballot after requesting it, so it’s best not to delay. You can request an absentee ballot right now on Rock the Vote’s website. Remember there are deadlines for both requesting and returning your ballot.
  • Sign up for Election Reminders: If you’re worried you’ll forget to go to your polling place when the Tuesday, January 5 Election Day comes around (or if you want to learn about other elections in the future), you can sign up for election reminders from Rock the Vote here.
  • Volunteer with our Relational Organizing Program: Reach out to people in your network asking them to vote on or before Tuesday, January 5. Your plea could be the determining factor in their decision to vote. Join one of our upcoming Empower Parties to learn how you can organize and mobilize your friends. You can RSVP here!

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