The vote. Runoff updates with sample ballot, advance voting. What to know, including absentee ballot requests. Recount: Latest updates from Northwest Georgia.

The vote. Runoff updates with sample ballot, advance voting. What to know, including absentee ballot requests. Recount: Latest updates from Northwest Georgia.

Sample ballots now out: It is pretty much cut-and-dry — two U.S. Senate races and a post on the state Public Service Commission. The above ballot was available on our MVP voter page on Thursday (click here to check your page).


Who can vote? Anyone who is a registered voter in Georgia as of close of business on Monday, Dec. 7.

Can I vote by absentee ballot? Yes if you’ve requested one. Some people checked the box at the bottom of their last ballot request, seeking absentee ballots for the rest of this “election cycle.” The Jan. 5 runoff is part of the general election cycle. If you did, you should be receiving an absentee ballot in coming days. So far, more than 762,000 absentee ballots have been requested. What to do:

  • Click the state’s MVP voter page (click here).
  • Enter the basic details: First initial, last name, county of residence and date of birth
  • You’ll see four information boxes pop up on the left side of the screen. Go to the box in the bottom left corner and hit:  Click here for Absentee Ballot/Early Voting status
  • It will show your requests. On the second page, it will tell you the status of an absentee request for the Jan. 5 runoff. It shows our ballot as being “issued” on Nov. 18 (it has not arrived yet). Another member of our household apparently didn’t check the “election cycle” box so we’ll request an absentee ballot for the Jan. 5 primary.
  • You also can vote in person Dec. 14 through Dec. 31; check locations and times especially with the holidays.
  • Or you can vote at your precinct on Jan. 5 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Advanced In-Person Early Voting for the Jan. 5 Runoff Election will be held at the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave., in the Community Room, Suite 206. Early Voting is Monday through Friday, Dec. 14-18, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-31 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Advance voting will be closed to observe the holidays:
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Friday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day)
Voters are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. For more: Floyd County Elections & Registration office at 706.291.5167
Key dates for Jan. 5 runoff:
  • Dec. 7: Deadline to register to vote in runoff.
  • Dec. 14: Advance in-person voting begins.
  • Dec. 31: Advance voting ends.
  • Jan. 5: Runoff election day. Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Georgia U.S. Senate debates set for Dec. 6.


Chattooga County finishes recount; no changes: Chattooga County finished the recount of the presidential election from the Nov. 3 on Wednesday with no changes. You can see both counts above, the Nov. 3 vote (including advanced voting, absentee, etc.) and the recount completed Wednesday. You also can see a third box, for the risk audit count,by clicking here.
From Floyd County Board of Elections:
  • Resumes Monday Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with the possibility of longer hours depending on need in order to meet the deadline of Wednesday midnight
  • (Dec. 2) to complete the recount.
  • Elections Board member Dr. Melanie Conrad adds that “we are taking steps to have this information added to the Elections Board website and otherwise released to the public.”
In Polk County: The count will resume Monday at 9 a.m. 

As for the state: What was certified by the state as of Nov. 20.

  • Donald J. Trump (I) (Rep) 2,461,837 or 49.23%
  • Joseph R. Biden (Dem) 2,474,507 or 49.51%
  • Jo Jorgensen (Lib) 62,138 or 1.24%
  • Votes cast: 4,998,482.
  • Latest vote totals: Click here to see the latest updates on the presidential, Senate and Public Service Commission races.




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