Voter disenfranchisement and other tricks have only been able to get Brian Kemp and other conservative candidates so far. There are two races where no candidate received above 50 percent of the vote, and two other races where votes are still being counted. This means runoffs are imminent.
It’s clear that Democrat John Barrow will be facing off against Republican Brad Raffensperger in the Secretary of State race. The winner of this runoff — scheduled for Tuesday, December 4 — will oversee elections in Georgia.
If you don’t want to see a repeat of what the last few years have been — widespread voter suppression, incompetence managing the security of voter data and voting systems, a clearly racist, anti-voting rights agenda — then it might be time to make sure you and everyone you know to vote in this runoff election.
Voters statewide will also be able to elect the person to fill seat 3 of the Public Service Commission. The all-Republican commission has allowed the Plant Vogtle expansion to continue to be funded by ratepayers, even as the project goes billions of dollars and years over budget. Democratic challenger Lindy Miller is looking to change that.
One question that still hasn’t been decided: will there be a runoff in the Governor’s race?
If you voted by provisional ballot, you can check the status of your ballot here. You can check the status of your absentee ballot on the My Voter Page. Once you enter in your information, click the “Click here for Absentee Ballot status” link on the bottom left-hand sign to confirm that your ballot has been accepted.
Reach out to the Election Protection folks if you have any issues confirming that your vote has been counted. They can be reached at 866-OUR-VOTE for English. They also have support available in other languages: 888-Ve-Y-VOTA for Spanish; or 888-API-VOTE for Asian Languages.
Here’s the kicker: if there is a runoff in any of the Congressional races, that run-off election date will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Yes — nearly a month later.
Lucy McBath has secured her victory against Karen Handel in the CD 6 race. But the neighboring seat, Congressional District 7, currently held by Republican incumbent Rob Woodall is still being contested as provisional and absentee ballots continue to be counted. This district includes Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners and Cumming, encompassing parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties.
Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux, like Stacey Abrams, is not conceding until every vote has been counted in an incredibly close race.
So, friends, put two dates on your calendar: December 4 and January 8. And get ready to head the polls again for runoffs.