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Important dates to know for the upcoming Jan. 5 runoff
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Early voting for the Jan. 5 Georgia runoff election is right around the corner, but voters still have time to register or request an absentee ballot before polls open. 

In this special runoff election, Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively, while Republican incumbent District 4 Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. faces Democrat Daniel Blackman.  

The deadline to register for the election is Monday, Dec. 7. Registration can be done in person at the Dawson County Board of Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville, by mail, or online through the online voter registration system.

In-person applications at the Elections office must be turned in no later than 4:30 p.m., the close of business. Online applications must be turned in by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 7, and to use the online system, residents must have a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID card with a signature on file at the DDS.

Early voting for the runoff will be held at the Dawson County Board of Elections Office, Monday through Friday, Dec. 14-18, Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Monday through Thursday, Dec. 28-31.

Early voting will not be held on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Years Day. Dawson County will not hold a Saturday early voting session for this election, according to Glenda Ferguson, director of the Dawson County Elections and Registration Office. 

Voting on election day, Jan. 5, 2021, will be held at all three Dawson County voting precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The Dawson County Elections and Registration Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (706) 344-3640 or visit