General resources, voting info
Georgia Voter Protection Line:
The voter protection line is currently staffed Sat and Sun 12-5 Eastern, M-F 9-5 Eastern. Outside of those hours, voters can leave a message.
- On November 3rd, Joe Biden became the first Democratic Presidential candidate to win Georgia in 28 years.
- Georgia holds runoff elections when no candidate achieves 50% of the vote.
- Due to a vacancy, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats are up. Both have advanced to runoff elections on January 5th ([daysuntil:01/05/2021] from now).
- In addition, the District 4 Public Service Commission seat has advanced to a runoff.
- The GA Public Service Commission districts are for candidate residency, but all districts are elected statewide. So the entire state of Georgia will be voting for this seat.
- This runoff was originally set for December 1. But a recent order from the GA Secretary of State has consolidated it with the January 5 runoffs for Senate.
- Finally, there is a December 1st Dem-vs-Dem runoff for the special election for GA-5 (which is mostly in Atlanta-proper). We aren’t calling for this one. You may talk to voters who mention this runoff — they are’t wrong about it! Just remind them to also vote on the January 5 runoff.
- See Ballotpedia for more information about Georgia’s January 5 2021 runoff elections.
Voting in Georgia
- Registration deadline: The registration deadline for the runoff is December 7 ([daysuntil:12/05/2020] from now).
- Absentee ballots
- Voters who want to vote absentee by mail should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Ballots will start being sent out November 18, 2020. Requests for an absentee ballot for this election must be made separately from the November election, unless the voter is a) over 65+ or resides abroad, and b) previously requested an absentee ballot.
- Request deadline: Technically absentee ballot requests can be made as late as December 31, but procrastinating that long is not recommended. Please ask voters who plan to vote absentee to request their ballots ASAP instead of procrastinating!
- Return deadline: Ballots must arrive at election office January 5, 2021. It’s recommended to send back ballots no later than December 30.
- Early voting
- In-person early voting begins December 14 (in [daysuntil:12/14/2020])
- The last day of in-person early voting will be December 31.
- ID is required to vote (see the full list)
- Additional information:
About U.S. Senate Special Election candidate Raphael Warnock (vs. appointed GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler)
In addition to the regularly scheduled U.S. Senate election, Georgia is also having a special election for its other U.S. Senate seat. This special election was triggered by the resignation of Johnny Isakson for health reasons on December 31, 2019.
Under the Georgia rules for special election, there will not be a partisan primary before November 3rd. Instead, all candidates from all parties will appear on the November 3rd ballot. If one candidate gets over 50% of the vote, then they win the special election. Otherwise, there will be runoff election between the top two candidates on January 5th, 2021.
Although multiple Democrats will be on the ballot, Raphael Warnock has received most of the endorsements so far from elected officials and major organizations and seems like the likely frontrunner. He is endorsed by VP Nominee Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, as well as by the DSCC.
Another major candidate is Matt Lieberman, son of former Senator and VP Nominee Joe Lieberman.
Because we’re calling in coordination with the Georgia Democratic Party, we are not taking sides in this special election.
About Raphael Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. The family was short on money, but long on faith, love and humor. Raphael and his eleven brothers and sisters were taught the meaning of hard work.
Reverend Warnock’s father was a veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. He spent the week hauling old cars to the local steel yard, and on Sundays he preached at a local church. Reverend Warnock’s mother grew up in Waycross, where she spent summers picking tobacco and cotton, and still lives in Savannah today. She worked hard to raise Raphael and his siblings to know that they could do anything they put their mind to.
When he enrolled at Morehouse College, Reverend Warnock didn’t know how he would pay the full tuition. With the help of low-interest student loans and Pell Grants Raphael graduated, earned a Ph.D., and was ordained in the ministry. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.
Reverend Warnock believes his impact does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage.
As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them. He will focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
As Senator, Reverend Warnock will defend farmers and work to grow our state’s agriculture economy. He believes that we need consistent policies that accommodate the uncertainty our farmers have to deal with and the diversity of our state’s products. He also understands the importance of a coherent policy on trade and tariffs that will keep markets open to our farmers.
Reverend Warnock has focused on the work of environmental justice throughout his time at Ebenezer Baptist Church, helping organize and lead a public interfaith mass meeting on climate change with the Reverend William Barber II and Vice President Al Gore. He is proud to have the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and is committed to fighting climate change and environmental racism in the U.S. Senate.
Criminal Justice Reform:
Reverend Warnock believes that in the Land of the Free, it is a scandal and a scar on the soul of America to imprison more people at a higher rate than any other country in the world.Reverend Warnock sees this issue as a spiritual problem, with the soul of America itself endangered by mass incarceration. He also believes that it is morally wrong and economically backward to close the doors of social re-entry on the formerly incarcerated.
Reverend Warnock believes that your access to a good K-12 education shouldn’t depend on your zip code and that the cost of higher education should never be an obstacle to opportunity. He also recognizes that college isn’t for everyone and that we should offer vocational training, trade schools and apprenticeship programs.
Reverend Warnock understands that affordable health care is a moral imperative. As an advocate and pastor, Warnock has spent years fighting for the fundamental right to health care. That’s why Reverend Warnock is committed to expanding affordable access to health care in any way possible, including through a public option and early Medicare buy-in.
Reverend Warnock believes it is time to reinvest in America’s workers. He sees our broken roads and bridges as symbols of the broken covenant in our union and representations of the lack of mobility that is stunting our potential for prosperity. By reinvesting in a clean economy based on green transportation and energy infrastructure, Reverend Warnock believes that we can create good, family-sustaining jobs that will prepare us for the 21st century.
Jobs & The Economy:
Reverend Warnock believes that we need to rebuild an economy that works for everyone. He understands that we need to protect the dignity of work and fight for fair wages and equitable employment practices in the workplace. He knows that instead of continuing to disinvest in public education and assistance, we need to focus on investing in our children’s education and offer multiple paths for folks to attain the American dream.
Reverend Warnock is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. As a civil rights advocate, he firmly believes that there’s no such thing “as equal rights for some.” Reverend Warnock believes that our nation’s commitment to equality is sacred and inviolable. Warnock would also fight to ensure that there is fairness and equality in health care, working to expand access to medications like PrEP and other life saving care for all communities.
Reverend Warnock has been an advocate for women’s health and reproductive justice his entire life and is proud to have been endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Warnock believes in a woman’s right to choose and that it is a decision between her and her doctor – not the government. He knows the importance of family planning and contraceptive access to achieving fair and equal economic outcomes.
Voting rights have been central to Reverend Warnock’s advocacy work for decades. In the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and only six months into his role as Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor, Reverend Warnock helped organize Freedom Caravans that drove from Atlanta to New Orleans to help Louisiana voters access the polls and exercise their right to participate in municipal elections. In his ministry, Reverend Warnock and Ebenezer Baptist Church have participated for years in ‘Souls to the Polls’ to encourage voter mobilization in the Black community. And he has helped register hundreds of thousands of voters as the former Chair of the New Georgia Project.
About U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff (vs. GOP incumbent David Perdue)
Jon Ossoff is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, running against incumbent David Perdue.
Georgia has two Senate elections this year — Jon is running in the normal election, not the special election.
Meet Jon Ossoff
Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner.
Jon and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta.
Since 2013, Jon has served as the CEO of Insight TWI, a now 30-year old media production company that investigates corruption, organized crime, and war crimes for international news organizations.
& Media Executive
In recent years, Jon’s company has successfully investigated and exposed sexual slavery of women and girls by ISIS, crooked judges, foreign officials who steal U.S-funded food and medical aid, contract killers, human traffickers, war crimes, and bribery.
Under Jon’s leadership, Insight TWI’s investigations of corruption, organized crime, and war crimes have won major awards and have been broadcast to hundreds of millions of people on dozens of television channels and on every continent.
Insight TWI’s work exposing ISIS war crimes has won particular acclaim. Their 2016 production for the BBC “Girls, Guns and ISIS,” was described by The Sun as “hard hitting and unflinching.” Their 2018 followup, “Face to Face with ISIS,” won the One World Media Award. The award jury called the production “exemplary of popular journalism at its bravest, most insightful and empathetic.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics.
Before embarking upon his career in journalism and media production, Jon worked as a national security aide for Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson, handling defense, foreign affairs, intelligence, and economic policy.
In that capacity, Jon helped deliver constituent service and federal resources for our state, drafted legislative initiatives that passed both the House and Senate, investigated the mass surveillance of American citizens, worked to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and helped root out corruption and abuse by federal contractors.
In 2012, Jon left Congress to pursue his career in investigative journalism, taking over as the CEO of a then-21-year-old, multi-Emmy award winning investigative television production company called Insight TWI.
In 2017, Jon was the Democratic nominee in the Special Election for Georgia’s Sixth District. He entered the race at 29 years old, six weeks after Republican Congressman Tom Price had been re-elected by 24%.
It became the biggest Congressional race in American history, which Jon narrowly lost by 3% after mobilizing the strongest Democratic Special Election turnout in over a decade, doubling youth turnout from the 2014 midterm, and producing the highest-ever turnout for a stand-alone House Special Election of all time.
With the endorsements of his mentor Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia State Legislative Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bennett, and dozens of other leaders from around Georgia, Ossoff is challenging Senator David Perdue in 2020.
About Public Service Commission candidate Daniel Blackman
Daniel Blackman is a respected community leader, impact investor, and policy advisor committed to fighting for environmental justice, public health, and political empowerment to uplift America’s most vulnerable communities.
For over two decades, Daniel has given voice to the unseen, unheard, and unengaged communities left out of the dialogs surrounding the world’s biggest challenges. One of his most notable accomplishments was being appointed by the Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation to serve on an Environmental Policy Commission co-sponsored by members of the United States Congress to address renewable energy and public health issues in disadvantaged communities throughout America. Additionally, he worked with the D.C. based Environmental Working Group to advance mandatory GMO labeling legislation that would preempt state labeling laws while creating a national, mandatory GMO labeling standard for all GMO foods.
Daniel understands that while we are essentially One Georgia, the reality is we have many parts. For this reason, he is committed to bridging gaps that exist between Georgians in the Mountains, on the Coast, and throughout rural Georgia, all the way to the urban core of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Region.
Professionally, Daniel Blackman served as the Senior Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at Capital Fortitude Business Advisors where he managed client relationships including business and political leaders, religious leaders, and government allies of the U.S., on social responsibility and intergovernmental affairs.
Politically, he partnered with the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and Power Africa Initiative, served as an advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus and EPA on Environmental Justice issues, and was appointed by former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law. In 2015, Daniel was honored as one of 65 global leaders to be invited to Vatican City to discuss the global impact of the climate crisis ahead of the Paris Climate Accords.
Daniel has been a guest lecturer at The United States Institute of Peace, Netroots Nation, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, George Washington University, Howard University, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia.
He has been featured on TV and radio including CNN, NPR, Fox News, CBS Radio, CBS, Apple TV, and PBS; and has been featured in news publications including Grist, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, Rolling Out, and was a contributor for his local Forsyth County newspaper.
Mr. Blackman is author of the book “Nationalism without Compassion,” Board Member at ACLU of Georgia, and is an alum of Clark Atlanta University.
Daniel is from Columbus, Georgia, and lives in Forsyth County, Georgia with his wife and 3 sons, where he became the first African American to run for office.