Last Chance: Final day of voter registration for Runoff Election

Today, July 13, is the last day a citizen may register to vote and still be eligible to cast a ballot in the Aug. 11 Primary Runoff Election.

Stephens County residents can register to vote at the Stephens County Registrar's Office in the Historic County Courthouse, 37 W. Tugalo Street in Toccoa. The office is open to walk-in traffic and no appointment is necessary, assistant registrar April Roberts told ConnectLocal this morning. Those wishing to register to vote will need to bring picture ID with them to the Registrar's office, which is open until 5 p.m.m today.


Citizens may also check their registration status, and register to vote, online at the Georgia Secretary of State's website.


Stephens County voters will be able to vote in the runoff election for three races:


US Representative, District 9 - Republican Party

Andrew Clyde: 18.46% / 25,914 votes in Statewide Primary - 11.32% / 614 votes in Stephens County Primary

vs.

Matt Gurtler: 20.96% / 29,426 votes n Statewide Primary - 9,37% / 508 votes in Stephens County Primary


US Representative, District 9 - Democratic Party

Devin Pandy: 33.57% / 10,476 votes in Statewide Primary - 40.34% / 282 votes in Stephens County Primary

vs.

Brooke Siskin: 41;21% / 12,861 votes in Statewide Primary - 21.17% / 148 votes in Stephens County Primary

State Senator, District 50

Stacy Hall: 24.416% / 9,443 votes in Statewide Primary - 24l;78% / 1,326 votes in Stephens County Primary

vs.

Bo Hatchett: 23.45% / 9,073 votes in Statewide Primary - 20.03% / 1,072 votes in Stephens County Primary


Note on Ballot Choice:


If you voted on a Democratic ballot in the June Primary Election, you may only request a Democratic ballot on which to vote in the Runoff Election. Only contests between Democratic candidates will be shown on this ballot.


If you voted on a Republican ballot in the June Primary Election, you may only request a Republican ballot on which to vote in the Runoff Election. Only contests between Repbulican candidates will be shown on this ballot.


If you voted on a non-partisan ballot in the June Primary Election, you may select either a Democratic or a Republican ballot on which to vote in the Runoff Election.


If you did not vote in the June Primary Election, you may select either a Democratic or a Republican ballot on which to vote in the Runoff Election.


Your choice of ballot in the June Primary Election and/or the August Runoff Election do not obligate you to a specific ballot in the November General Election. You may select whichever ballot you wish for the November General Election, regardless of which ballot you selected for the Primary or Primary Runoff election. You may also cast a ballot in the November General Election if you did not vote in the Primary/Primary Runoff Elections.


FYI


Secretary of State announces change in voter registration deadline for Primary Runoff

Juiy 7 press release


(ATLANTA)-Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that to fully comply with the National Voter Registration Act, the voter registration deadline for all August 11, 2020 primary runoff elections is now July 13, 2020. This change was necessary to match the July 13 voter registration deadline that federal law sets for the federal runoffs that are part of the upcoming primary runoff election.


“The change was necessary because when federal and state law conflict, the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution says that the federal law controls,” said Walter Jones, Communications Manager for Voter Education. “In 2017, a federal judge ruled that Georgia could no longer require that voters had to be registered for the primary in order to vote in the runoff for federal elections, and that decision made it impossible to fully comply with both the NVRA and state law when federal and state elections are held on the same day.”


On July 6, 2020, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a memo to Georgia’s county elections officials and county registrars announcing the updated registration deadline of July 13 for the August 11 primary runoff election. The update is effective immediately.


“The Secretary of State’s office explored many potential remedies to attempt to fully comply with both laws, but none were able to be successfully implemented without potentially disenfranchising voters from contests that they should be eligible to vote in, especially when taking into account county to county transfers and intra-county address updates,” said Jones.


Georgia voters who have updated their voter registration since the June 9 primary will be eligible to vote in their updated location in the August 11 primary runoff. Voters can check their registration status and confirm the location of their polling place at mvp.sos.ga.gov.


Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 16 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record primary turnout in 2020, with over 1.1 million absentee by mail voters and over 1.2 million in-person voters utilizing Georgia’s new, secure, paper ballot voting system.

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