It promises to be the most bitter presidential election in…well…four years. President Donald Trump faces former Vice President Joe Biden with the White House and the direction of the country at stake. With razor-thin polling margins in the run up to the election, Georgia promises to play a critical role as a battleground state in this year’s race.
But this ballot will be about a lot more than just the next president. Here in Georgia there are competitive races up and down the ballot. From the halls of Congress to Maloof Auditorium, candidates are vying for your vote to shape the future of our community.
Let these two pages serve as an Election Day primer for you, helping you to be an educated and informed voter before you cast your ballot.
FIVE RACES TO WATCH
- U.S. Senate – Perdue vs. Ossoff - Georgia’s senior senator faces his first re-election test, a tight race with the former 6th district congressional candidate.
- U.S. Senate – Special Election - The seat formerly filled by Sen. Johnny Isakson will see a slew of candidates on the November ballot. Expect a run-off on January 5.
State Senate District 40 - State Sen. Sally Harrell seeks to defend the seat she won from Republican Fran Millar in 2018. Harrell is opposed by Republican Garry Guan.
State Senate District 41- The seat held for nearly two decades by Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson is up for grabs following his decision to retire.
DeKalb County Commission District 1 - Incumbent Nancy Jester takes on Democratic challenger Robert Patrick to represent the district that covers much of north Tucker.
CRITICAL DATES TO KNOW
- October 7
- October 12
Early Voting Begins in Georgia
- October 15
Second Presidential Debate
- October 22
Third Presidential Debate
- October 30
Early Voting Ends in Georgia
- November 3
DID YOU KNOW?
For the first time ever, Tucker’s City Hall has a ballot drop box. Those casting absentee ballots, rather than sending by mail, can bring their ballot to City Hall 24 hours a day and drop it in the secure box. City Hall is located at 1975 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 350
It’s never too early look ahead! Next fall, there will be four municipal offices up for election in Tucker. They include:
- City Council District 1, Post 1
- City Council District 2, Post 1*
- City Council District 3, Post 1*
Qualifying for the municipal elections will take place in August 2021. *incumbent is term limited
ELECTION FUN FACTS
- Since 1980, Georgia has only gone for one Democratic presidential candidate (Bill Clinton, 1992)
- The last time a third-party candidate won any electoral votes happened in 1968 when Georgia went for former Alabama governor George Wallace of the American Independent Party
- Georgia has 16 electoral votes, tying it with Michigan for the eighth most electoral votes of any state
- Twenty-one states, including Georgia, can claim status as birthplace of at least one U.S. president (Jimmy Carter)
- Seven Georgia counties are named for U.S. presidents (Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Pierce, Polk, Taylor, Washington)