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What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 30th.

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Your mail-in ballot must be received by Election day (Nov. 3)

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Oct. 12

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Georgia

Biography

David Perdue (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Georgia. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Perdue (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 9, 2020.

In the 2014 election, Perdue replaced retiring incumbent Saxby Chambliss (R), defeating Michelle Nunn (D) and Amanda Swafford (L). Perdue had defeated Rep. Jack Kingston, a 20-year U.S. House member, for the Republican nomination in the primary runoff by less than 2 percentage points. Perdue and Kingston had advanced from a seven-candidate primary with 30.6 percent of the vote and 25.8 percent, respectively.

Prior to running for the Senate, Perdue was a businessman. He served as the CEO of Reebok, Dollar General, and Pillowtex. He also worked for Kurt Salmon Associates, Sara Lee Corporation, Haggar Clothing, and Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. Former Georgia Gov. and Trump administration Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is his cousin.

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Jon Ossoff (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on June 9, 2020.

Ossoff was a candidate in the 2017 special election to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District. He qualified for the runoff election on April 18, 2017, receiving 48.1 percent of the vote, but was defeated by Republican Karen Handel on June 20, 2017, by a margin of approximately 3 points. The race was the most expensive in U.S. history and Ossoff raised more than $23 million in an attempt to flip the historically red district.

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Shane Hazel (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Hazel was a 2018 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Georgia.

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Initiatives

Georgia Amendment 1
Dedicating Tax and Fee Revenue Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports authorizing the Georgia Legislature to dedicate tax or fee revenue to the public purpose for which the taxes or fees were imposed.

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A "no" vote opposes authorizing the Georgia Legislature to dedicate tax or fee revenue to the public purpose for which the taxes or fees were imposed.

 
Georgia Amendment 2
Allow Residents to Seek Declaratory Relief from Certain Laws Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports waiving the state's sovereign immunity and allowing residents to seek declaratory relief from state or local laws that violate the Constitution of Georgia, the U.S. Constitution, or state law.

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A "no" vote opposes waiving the state's sovereign immunity, thereby continuing to prohibit residents from seeking declaratory relief from state or local laws that violate the U.S. Constitution, the state constitution, or state law.

Georgia Referendum A
Property Tax Exemption for Certain Charities Measure (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports exempting from property taxes property owned by a 501(c)(3) public charity if the property is owned exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes and the charity provides interest-free financing to the individual(s) purchasing the home.

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A "no" vote opposes authorizing a property tax exemption for certain property owned by certain 501(c)(3) public charities.