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PRESS RELEASE

November 24, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT:

WENDY HOWELL

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

229.854.0006 or 229.302.3006

whowell@dougherty.ga.us



DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GEORGIA - Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections Office is gearing up for the State and Federal Runoff Election, including the runoff for Public Service Commissioner, District 4 (McDonald vs. Blackman), as well as the U.S. Senate seat (Perdue vs. Ossoff) and the U.S. Senate special election (Loeffler vs. Warnock).

Official Election Day will be January 5, 2021, with advanced voting dates on December 14, 2020 through January 1, 2021. In Dougherty County, Advanced Voting will be held each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center Arena. Voters are asked to note that the Elections Office will be closed for the holidays on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and Friday, December 25, 2020, for the Christmas holidays, and again on Friday, January 1, 2021, for the New Year’s Holiday. On these three dates, the advanced voting location will not be open. In addition, the last day to register to vote in the Runoff Election is December 7, 2020 and the last day the Elections Office will mail an absentee ballot is December 31, 2020.

Several options for submitting absentee ballots are available in Dougherty County. Those options include: mailing to Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections Office at P.O. Box 1827, Albany, Georgia 31702; UPS, FedEx, or Hand Delivery to Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 222 Pine Avenue, Second Floor, Suite 220, Albany, Georgia 31701. Additionally,

Absentee Ballot drop box locations in Dougherty County include: East Albany at Tallulah Massey Library Branch, 2004 Stratford Drive; South Albany at Southside Library Branch, 2114 Habersham Road; Northwest Albany at the Northwest Library Branch, 2507 Dawson Road; and Central Location in downtown Albany at the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue. As required by State of Georgia Law, these drop boxes are under surveillance 24/7 at each location and will be accessible from 12Noon on November 25, 2020 and up to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

“We want all Dougherty County voters to know that given the COVID-19 pandemic, all mail and delivery services are still delayed and we want to ensure our voters that their absentee ballot reaches our office in time to be counted,” said Ginger Nickerson, Elections Supervisor for the Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections Office. “By utilizing the absentee ballot boxes or bringing the ballots by our office, we can better assure that these ballots will be received and counted in a timely manner.”

For questions regarding early voting, or any other voting questions for the Runoff Election, citizens are urged to contact the Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections office at 229.431.3247 or visit their page on the Dougherty County website at Dougherty.ga.us.