GEORGIA WILL MAKE history on Jan. 5, 2021, when the Peach State's two U.S. Senate seats are set to be decided – along with the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. for the next two years.
The entire nation is watching Georgia with bated breath as the Jan. 5 senate-race runoffs draw near. After no candidates in either contest garnered more than 50% of Georgia’s general-election vote totals, Democrat Jon Ossoff is carrying on his quest to unseat Republican David Perdue, while Republican Kelly Loeffler defends her appointed post from Democratic challenger (and Savannah native) Raphael Warnock.
If both Ossoff and Warnock win, Democrats will control Congress and the White House by the end of next month. But if either Loeffler or Perdue prevails, the Senate will remain in Republican hands. Either way, the space-time continuum will be altered forever – and so, registered voters of Chatham County must go back to the polls on Jan. 5 for the fourth time in less than eight months as a final hangover from 2020’s stupefying election cycle.
But Chatham residents can also help change the future this month by voting early or submitting an absentee ballot, as explained in this guide.
The Chatham County Board of Registrars is providing five locations for early in-person voting during Dec. 14-31. All of the county’s registered voters can cast their ballot at any of these early-voting sites, but a valid ID is required.
Board of Registrars office: 1117 Eisenhower Dr., Suite E, Savannah. Hours: Dec. 14-18, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 21-22, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 28-30, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Dec. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Savannah Civic Center: 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah. Hours: Dec. 14-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 21-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chatham County Mosquito Control office: 65 Billy B. Hair Dr., by the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Hours: Dec. 14-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 21-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Islands Library: 50 Johnny Mercer Blvd., on Whitemarsh Island. Hours: Dec. 14-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 21-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Southwest Library: 14097 Abercorn St., Southside Savannah. Hours: Dec. 14-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 21-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All registered Georgia voters can request an absentee ballot for any reason by visiting ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov. After receiving absentee ballot requests for the Jan. 5 runoff, the Chatham County Board of Registrars is mailing them out until Dec. 31, but voters are advised to request and submit them as early as possible.
While absentee ballots can be mailed back, they can also be submitted at any of Chatham County’s nine drop-box locations until voting closes at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5:
Chatham County Board of Elections Office: 1117 Eisenhower Dr., Suite E, Savannah.
Carver Heights Community Center: 905 Collat Ave., Savannah.
Savannah Civic Center: 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah.
Liberty City Community Center: 1401 Mills B. Lane Blvd, Savannah.
Southwest Library: 14097 Abercorn St., Southside Savannah.
UGA Extension: 17 Minus Ave., Garden City.
W.W. Law Center: 900 E. Bolton St., Savannah.
Whitemarsh Island Chatham Police Precinct: 54 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Whitemarsh Island.
Pooler City Hall: 100 SW US Highway 80, Pooler.
All information in this guide was provided by the Chatham County Board of Registrars; visit voter.chathamcountyga.gov for more details, and visit Georgia’s mvp.sos.ga.gov website to check your voter-registration status.