Election Day voting is finally underway in Dawson County and throughout Georgia, bringing the 2020-21 election year closer to an end.
By the end of Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, voters will have decided several important regional and statewide races, including two U.S. Senate seats and the office of Public Service Commissioner.
Election Day voting began at 7 a.m. and will last until 7 p.m. Unlike the early voting periods, which ended Dec. 31, Dawson County voters cannot go to any location to cast their ballot. Voters must report to their designated precinct to cast their vote.
For those who have voted or plan to vote by absentee ballot, Dawson County elections officials say those ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Jan. 5 to be counted.
Additionally, the state rolled out new voting machines in 2020. Here's how to use them.
Full election coverage from the Dawson County News can be found here.
Candidates for the Georgia runoff election include:
- Kelly Loeffler, R
- Raphael Warnock, D
- Jon Ossoff, D
- David Perdue, R
Public Service Commissioner
This race was originally scheduled for Dec. 1. The secretary of state announced Nov. 11 that runoff elections would be consolidated to Jan. 5.
- Lauren Bubba McDonald Jr., R
- Daniel Blackman, D
Dawson County election officials say the county wrapped it’s three-week early voting period with over 10,000 votes cast and a high voter turnout of 48 percent.
Glenda Ferguson, director of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, said that from Dec. 14 to Dec. 31, 10,444 people cast their votes in Dawson County at in-person polling locations or via absentee ballots. According to Ferguson, this was a higher voter turnout than expected for early voting and accounted for about 48 percent of 21,924 registered voters in Dawson County.