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Deadline extended for absentee ballots in runoff election

Absentee voters will now have additional time to get their ballots in for the Dec. 4 runoff in Georgia. 

Absentee ballots will be counted if received by Dec. 7 instead of Dec. 4, according to Dan Pichon, Republican member of the Dawson County Board of Elections. 

The change is due to a consent order in which interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden agreed on Friday to extend the deadline. Any ballots postmarked by Dec. 4 and received by Dec. 7 will be counted, as long as they are otherwise eligible. 

Dawson County saw 1,889 early voters last week, about a 10 percent voter turnout. 

The Tuesday runoff will decide two statewide races in which neither candidate received a majority of the vote on Nov. 6.

For the position of secretary of state, Republican Brad Raffensperger will compete against Democrat John Barrow. Crittenden took office after Brian Kemp, Georgia’s governor-elect, stepped down.

Voters will also be able to decide between incumbent Republican Chuck Eaton and Democrat Lindy Miller for a position on the state’s Public Service Commission.

Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4. 

If you have any questions about your voting location or status, visit My Voter Page or call the elections office at (706) 344-3640.