Runoff Election: Early voting begins today

In-person early voting held at Historic Courthouse in Toccoa; absentee voting available.

Early voting begins today, July 20, for the August 11 runoff elections, and registered voters will be able to cast votes in three races:

  • State Senator, District 50 run-off between Republicans Bo Hatchett and Stacy Hall

  • United States Representative, District 9 run-off between Republicans Andrew Clyde and Matt Gurtler

  • United States Representative, District 9 run-off between Democrats Devin Pandy and Brooke Siskin

No local races required a runoff.


As of noon today, 27 individuals have cast in-person ballots in early voting, Stephens County Registrar Eureka Gober told ConnectLocal.


Early voting for the Runoff Election will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday through Friday, August 7, at the Stephens County Registrar’s Office, which is located in the Stephens County Historic Courthouse, 70 N Alexander Street.


No Saturday voting is scheduled for the Runoff Election, according to Gober.


Absentee voting/vote by mail is available for the Runoff Election, and voters may request an application for an absentee ballot by calling Gober at 706-886-8954, or by visiting the Secretary of State’s website, where an absentee ballot request form is available to download.

“Normally, absentee ballot requests are rolled over, meaning that if a voter requested an absentee ballot in the General Primary, the state elections office would automatically send them an absentee ballot for the Runoff Election, but it is best if voters contact me to request an absentee ballot for the Runoff, even if they requested an absentee ballot in the Primary,” Gober said.

Concerns have been expressed regarding the reliability of the “roll over” process, and directly requesting an absentee ballot for the runoff race will eliminate the possibility of not receiving that ballot, she explained.

Absentee Ballot request forms must be returned to the Stephens County Registrar’s office no later than Friday, August 7.

Completed absentee ballots may be submitted by:

  • Mailing to the Stephens County Registrar’s Office, 70 N. Alexander Street, Toccoa, GA, 30577

  • Delivering the ballot in-person to the Registrar’s Office

  • Placing the ballot in the Election Drop Box, located in front of the Stephens County Government Building at the corner of W. Tugalo and N. Alexander streets in Toccoa.

Absentee ballots must be returned no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, August 11. If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Monday, August 10.

Election day voting in the Runoff Election will be held from 7 a.m. until 7p.m. at the Stephens County Senior Center, 55 Rose Lane, Toccoa.


Social distancing safety measures will be observed during both early voting and Election Day voting, similar to the procedures followed during the General Primary early voting and election day voting. Face coverings are recommended, but not required, Gober said, adding that poll workers will have masks available to give to voters who wish to wear one, but did not bring their own.


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