Information About the Jan. 5 Runoff Elections

The 2020 elections are not over yet, and there is still an opportunity for you to participate in one of the most important elections in U.S. history. Georgia will hold a runoff election for two seats in the U.S. Senate and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Jan. 5, 2021.

If you are not registered to vote, you can register to vote in the election until Dec. 7. Learn how on the Wolves Vote webpage.

On that page, you can also check your registration status if you are unsure if you are registered or not and make sure you know where your polling place is for the election. When voting on the day of the runoff election, you MUST vote in the precinct you are assigned.

If you are already registered to vote in Carroll County, and your semester break travel plans are such that you may not be in Carroll County to vote in person on Jan. 5, 2021, you will still be able to vote, but you must do some advance planning now!

You have four options if you will be away from Carroll County on Jan. 5:

  • You can return to your precinct in Carroll County and vote in person. This option will be very inconvenient for many of you, but it will likely be the easiest option for those going to nearby counties because you will not have far to drive.
  • You can vote at the county elections office at 423 College Street in Carrollton during days set aside for early in person voting: Dec. 14-18, 21-23, and 28-31.
  • You can request an absentee mail ballot and have it sent to your temporary address outside of Carroll County. You will have to request an absentee mail ballot for the election, and it is important to list the proper date for the election (Jan. 5, 2021) on your request. You can request the absentee mail ballot online, and you can do so now. When filling out the application for the ballot, select “Temporary Out of County/Out of State Address,” and enter the address to which you want your ballot sent. After you receive and complete your ballot, return it in the envelope provided with sufficient postage. A first-class stamp will be sufficient for this ballot. It cannot be returned to the county office in which you are spending the break or to one of their drop boxes. It is important that you mail your ballot no later than a week before the election (Dec. 30). Ballots that do not arrive at the elections office in Carroll County by 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 will not be counted.
  • You can change your address for your voter registration to the location in which you will be staying over the break if it is likely that you will stay at that address on a more permanent basis. This option might be best for those students who will be graduating this year and moving elsewhere. This modification of your registration can be done on Georgia’s Online Voter Registration System.

If you have any questions, please contact the Carroll County Office of Elections and Registration at elections@carrollcounty.ga.com or (770) 830-5824.

Important Dates

  • Voter registration deadline: Dec. 7, 2021
  • Early in-person voting: Dec. 14-18, 21-23, and 28-31
  • If doing a mail ballot request, apply for your ballot now or as soon as you are registered. And put your ballot in the mail by Dec. 30 to give it time to get to the elections office.
  • Election day: Jan. 5, 2021