GEORGIA RUN-OFF ELECTION DAY 2022

– December 6, 2022 

On December 6th, the citizens of Georgia will be participating in a runoff election to determine who will represent them in the U.s. Senate. For many young people who have voted for the first time, this will also be their first time participating in a Runoff. We have designed tools below to help any individuals, but especially young voters navigate the Georgia Runoff and know exactly what they need to do to participate and raise their civic voice

What is a Run-Off Election?

A runoff election is essentially a rematch, held when none of the original candidates meet the criteria for winning. Under Georgia law, candidates must receive a majority of the vote to win an election. With more than 95 percent of ballots counted on Thursday Nov. 10th, neither of the top candidates at the time had a pathway to capture a majority. A run-off works like another election, and the person with the most votes wins. Incumbent Senator Warnock had 49.4 percent of the vote to Hershal Walker’s 48.5 percent, a difference of about 35,000 votes. The Libertarian candidate who was a distant third, Chase Oliver, had  2 percent which was about 81,000 votes. Most significantly, the outcome of the race will impact the balance of the U.S. Senate and whether it’s controlled by Democrats or Republicans. 

Of the 100 Senate seats, 35 were up for election during the midterms, including one special election. Democrats currently have an effective majority in the chamber, with a 50-50 split and Vice President Kamala Harris wielding the tie-breaking vote. Democrats held 14 seats and Republicans held 21 seats up for election in the 2022 midterms.

Who Can Participate in the Run-off Election?

Anyone who is registered to vote in Georgia can vote in state, local, and federal runoff elections. If you are a registered GA voter, you can vote if you are turning 18 on or before Tuesday, December 6, 2022 .

 Check Your Voter Status here! 

Important Run-off Election Dates:

  • November 7, 2022 — Last day to register to vote for the Georgia Runoff. Voters who registered after November 7th are not qualified to vote in the run-off.
  • November 28, 2022 — Last day to request an absentee ballot & in-person early voting begins for all Georgia counties. Unlike Election Day, you DO NOT have to vote at an assigned polling location during early voting. You may vote at any early voting location within your county. Find early voting polling places here!
  • December 2, 2022 — Last day for in-person early voting.
  • December 6, 2022 — Election day & absentee ballots must be received by the close of polls. Find your polling place here!

For a one-stop shop on information about where to vote, how to check your voter registration status, how to make a voting plan, and so much more, please check out our Civic Influencers Motivote Hub. 

WHAT ID DOES AN INDIVIDUAL NEED TO VOTE IN GEORGIA?

  • All voters in Georgia must show ID at the polls prior to voting in person early or on Election Day. Acceptable ID includes:
  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
  • Any valid state or federal issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID
  • Student ID cards: Georgia accepts student ID cards from certain public and technical institutions. Students at private universities must show one of the other acceptable forms of photo ID to vote. 

HOW DOES SOMEONE REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE GEORGIA RUNOFF IN 2022?

Georgia voters can request their absentee ballot for the General Runoff Election today. Applications will be accepted through November 28, 2022, for the December 6, 2022, Runoff Election

ARE THERE RULES ON WHAT I CAN WEAR OR SAY AT THE POLLS?

It is against the law to campaign within 150 feet of a polling place. That means you cannot have signs on your vehicle in that area and you cannot wear shirts, hats, jackets, or other clothing with the name of a candidate, political party or slogan.

IF I MAKE A MISTAKE ON MY BALLOT. CAN I GET A NEW ONE? 

You can ask a poll worker for another ballot to correct a mistake before you cast it.

  • If voting in person, simply ask a nearby poll worker.
  • If voting absentee, contact your county elections office about canceling your ballot and getting a new one.

Additional Resources & Information

      • Track the status of your ballot from, mailed to accepted 
      • If your ballot is late, or you are concerned it will not arrive in time, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot
      • Check Georgia Voting Rights Restoration
      • Return to the local County Registrar or via Drop Boxes during early voting hours. Contact Registrar for locations.
  • Make a Plan to Vote Using Motivote .Join Civic Influencers Motivote Team tool to  get info and make a plan about voting civicinfluencers.motivote.us
  • Share your Voting Experience – Complete the Civic Influencers Youth Survey and let us know the hurdles you faced during voting or what issues are most important to you! Show everyone that the youth vote counts! https://bit.ly/DataWkFall22 

For more Information on how you can help support young people to participate in the Georgia Runoff, Contact: Cornel Duckworth cornell@civicinfluencers.org