Mail-in absentee deadline extended for runoff

Early voting came to a close last week but even though election day for Georgia’s runoff will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, votes will still be accounted for long after since the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots has been extended.

According to Rabun County Elections Supervisor Tammy Whitmire, “U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg signed a voluntary consent order negotiated by the Democratic Party of Georgia and Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to extend the deadline for acceptance of absentee ballots in the December 4, 2018 run-off election. Certification of results for the November 6, 2018 election was enjoined until 5 p.m. on November 16, 2018.”

Whitmire said there was a good turnout for early voting last week with a little over 300 people casting their votes a day.

She said usually a typical voter turnout for a runoff on election day is expected to yield a little over 1,200 people.

As a reminder, the polls will be open at the Rabun County Civic Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.