Georgia reports more than 940,000 absentee ballot requests for Senate runoff
November 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the January 5 runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, Gabriel Sterling, the state's voting systems implementation manager, said Monday.
(CNN)More than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia for the January 5 runoff election that will decide which party controls the Senate, Gabriel Sterling, the state's voting systems implementation manager, said Monday.
For comparison, 1,322,529 absentee ballots were cast in November's general election, according to a release from the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
Georgia voters are required to request absentee ballots again for the runoff, even if they voted absentee in November, except those over the age of 65, members of the military or physically disabled people who requested absentee ballots for the entire election cycle.
Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as President Donald Trump continues to cast doubt on the results of the presidential election.
On Saturday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel attempted to persuade Republicans to vote in the elections, even as some voters expressed ambivalence about expanding resources in a contest they see as already decided.
Trump is slated to travel to the Peach State on Saturday to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue.
On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger -- both Republicans -- rebuffed Trump's calls to overturn the state's election results more than a week after they certified Joe Biden as the winner.
The election process has been underway since earlier this month, with November 18 as the earliest date for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot.
December 7 marks the voter registration deadline to vote in the federal runoff election, and advanced in-person or early voting begins for the general election runoff for federal offices on December 14.