Advance Voting for Runoff Election starts next week in Stephens County

The Advance Voting Period for the upcoming General Runoff Election will start next week in Stephens County.

The Advance Voting Period will run from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2.

There will not be a Saturday for early voting.

Residents will cast advance ballots at the Historic Stephens County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Residents wishing to vote by absentee ballot still have time to request an absentee ballot application; however, the deadline to request one is Monday, November 28.

Election Day voting, on December 6, will again be held at the Stephens County Senior Center and the Stephens County Recreation Department Gym adjacent to the Senior Center.

On the ballot will be the race for United States Senate with Republican Herschel Junior Walker vying against Incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock.

During the November 8th election, Walker received 48.52 percent of the vote; whereas Warnock amassed 49.42 percent not enough for either one to outright win the election.

Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver received 2.07 percent of the vote on November 8 and will not be on the ticket for the runoff.

Here in Georgia, in order to be declared the winner in an election, a candidate must receive at least 50 percent plus one vote. If that does not take place, under Georgia law, the race automatically goes to a runoff between the top two vote-getters.

Additionally, there has been confusion surrounding who is eligible to vote in a runoff election. Anyone who is registered to vote in Georgia can vote in state, local and federal runoff elections. Even if you did not vote in the general election, you could vote in the runoff.

However, if you were not registered to vote by November 7, you will not be eligible to vote in the runoff election.

For additional information regarding the upcoming runoff election, contact the Elections Office by calling 706-886-8954.