Voting resources for the Georgia runoff

The state of Georgia will host a runoff election for one of the state’s two US Senate seats on Tuesday, December 6.

Vote at McCamish Pavilion in October 2020

Vote at McCamish Pavilion in October 2020

The state of Georgia will host a runoff election for one of the state’s two US Senate seats on Tuesday, December 6. Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock is seeking a full term against Herschel Walker.

If your work hours prevent you from voting in a two-hour window before or after work, talk to your manager to arrange a voting vacation. Students are also encouraged to vote. A student whose curriculum would otherwise prevent them from voting will be permitted such absences as are reasonably necessary to vote and will be excused.

Know before you go

Early voting in the runoff begins on November 28th. Anyone wishing to vote in person on Election Day must vote at their designated polling station. To check your voting location in Georgia, visit mvp.sos.ga.gov.

At Georgia polling stations, voters must bring ID. Here are the types of ID cards accepted:

  • A Georgia driver’s license.
  • A photo ID issued by a state or federal agency.
  • A valid US passport.
  • An employee identification card that includes your photo and is issued by a branch, department, agency, or corporation of the United States government, Georgia, or a Georgia county, municipality, board, agency, or other corporation.
  • A valid US military ID card.
  • A valid tribal ID.
  • If you do not have any of the above IDs, the state of Georgia offers a free voter ID card.

Campus voting

Georgia Tech will host an early vote at the Ferst Center on November 28-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On-campus voting is intended for Fulton County residents only. More information can be found here.

absentee

You must apply for a postal vote no later than 11 days before election day. The application deadline is Friday 25th Nov. To vote by mail, the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and delivered by 7:00 p.m. on December 6th. To apply for absentee voting, the information entered online must match your voter registration record.

In Georgia, any registered voter can vote by mail, and voters can apply for a mail ballot here or at ballorequest.sos.ga.gov. Visit Georgia Runoff Voting Guide or the Office of the Secretary of State for more informations.

Policies and Campus Resources

Georgia Tech encourages full participation in the election process. Pursuant to Section 8.2.7.7 of the USG General Policies for All Employees, employees are encouraged to exercise their constitutional right to vote in all federal, state and local elections. Pursuant to Section 4.1.3 of the USG General Policy on Student Affairs, students are also encouraged to vote in all federal, state, and local elections. A student whose curriculum would otherwise prevent them from voting will be permitted an excused absence for the time reasonably necessary to vote.

In 2020, the Georgia Tech faculty board passed a motion by representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA) requesting that the teaching faculty provide academic consideration to student voters on Election Day. Specifically, the SGA motion required faculty to switch lectures to an asynchronous format for Election Day; avoid scheduling quizzes, tests, or assessments in class; and provide lecture recordings to students who are unable to attend class that day. The faculty board passed the motion, clarifying that while classes will still occur, faculty members are strongly encouraged to consider these changes to give Georgia Tech students ample opportunity to participate in the election. Learn more about the movement.

While you are encouraged to participate in the normal political processes, particularly voting, please be reminded that USG employees are not permitted to direct or participate in political campaigns while on duty to to provide services to the USG. You also have the right to express your political opinions on matters of public interest. However, it is important that you make it clear that you are speaking on your own behalf and that you are not speaking in your capacity as an employee of USG or Georgia Tech—regardless of whether you are highlighting your employment at Georgia Tech or USG in a bio for engagement in a speaking engagement or on social media, or a decision to engage in political activity or political expression.

In addition, Georgia Tech does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or unprofessional conduct. Employees are prohibited from telling anyone who to vote for, wearing political clothing, or displaying political memorabilia in the workplace. USG employees are prohibited from using government property, resources or materials (including work email), or time to communicate personal political views or in connection with political campaigns. Employees are prohibited from using registered USG trademarks when expressing personal opinions on political issues, unless authorized to do so. For reference, see the Board of Regents’ policy here: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct

Additional campus resources on voting information are available at gov.gatech.edu/vote.

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