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KEMP: TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY IN THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
ATLANTA – Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds registered Georgia voters that the 6th Congressional District runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is tomorrow, June 20, 2017. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Tomorrow will be a pivotal day for voters as they elect new representation to serve in Washington, D.C., and all eyes are on Georgia to see the results of this hotly contested race,” stated Secretary Kemp. “If you have not voted yet, I strongly encourage you to head to the polls on Tuesday to ensure that your voice is heard. The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted.”
There have been 140,308 early ballots – 114,537 advance in-person ballots and 25,771 mailed-in absentee ballots – cast in the runoff so far. There were 56,830 early ballots cast in the April 18 special election. Advance in-person voting ended Friday, June 16, 2017.
Standard mailed-in absentee ballots will continue to trickle into county offices, but they must be received before close of the polls on June 20 to be counted. Ballots cast by voters under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act must be received within the three-day window following the runoff to be counted.
Secretary Kemp is encouraging voters to check the office’s “My Voter Page” or download the “GA SOS” app to see if they are eligible to vote in tomorrow’s runoff. Voters can also use these resources to check registration status, view a sample ballot, and find their voting location.
Kemp also asks voters to engage with his office to relay their Election Day experience tomorrow. Voters can use the office’s “Stop Voter Fraud” website and hotline at (877) 725-9797 to report irregularities or election complaints.
All complaints are promptly reviewed by the office’s Investigation Division’s P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officers, and if warranted, officers will open a formal State Election Board investigation. Tomorrow Secretary Kemp will dispatch investigators to strategic locations in Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties to monitor voting and respond to reports of suspicious activity.
Secretary Kemp reminds Georgians that photography is prohibited in a polling place when voting is underway unless the poll manager gives approval, which is often provided for limited media coverage. It is illegal to take pictures of a ballot or voting equipment. In previous elections, voters have posted "ballot selfies" on social media in violation of statutory law.
"If you are going to post about your voting experience on social media, I encourage you to post your peach voting sticker, not your ballot," said Kemp. "Georgia law intends to preserve secrecy of the ballot for all voters."
The 6th Congressional District covers parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. The link to tomorrow’s election night results will be available at www.sos.ga.gov around 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Georgians can reference other important dates for the 2017 election cycle on the office’s website.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, go to www.sos.ga.gov.