Fulton County Voter Guide: August 11, 2020 Runoff

Below, we’ve provided you everything you need to know to vote in the August 11th runoff election.

Still have questions? Give Matthew a call at 678-631-8820.

WHEN

Mark your calendar! The first thing you need to know are your deadlines. Below are the key dates for Georgia’s August 11th primary runoff election.

  • Monday, May 11, 2020––Voter registration deadline
  • Monday, July 20, 2020––In-person early voting begins
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020––Election Day

Check your voter registration: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov


HOW & WHERE

Because of COVID-19, you have even more ways to cast your ballot than normal. Although all Georgians are strongly urged to vote by absentee ballot either via mail or drop-box (keep reading), you can decide which manner of voting is right for you.

If you do decide to vote in-person either early or on Election Day, please heed CDC guidance by wearing a cloth face mask, observing 6-feet social distancing while around others, and using hand sanitizer before and after touching common surfaces.

You have three ways to vote:

(1) Absentee/Paper Ballot

Voting by absentee/paper ballot is a 3-step process. First, you have to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You can request an absentee ballot here.

Note: Fulton County has restarted allowing absentee ballot applications to be returned via email. To submit an absentee ballot application via email, attach the application as a .pdf or .jpg between 1 MB and 5 MB to elections.voterregistration@fultoncountyga.gov . Only one application may be attached per email.

Once you receive your absentee ballot, you’ll need to mark your selections and secure the ballot in the envelope/mailing sleeve provided with the ballot. Keep reading for information about each candidate and referendum item on your ballot.

Finally, you’ll need to return your ballot to the Fulton Board of Elections Office no later than Election Day. You can do this two different ways.

  • Via Mail: Place your ballot in the mail, ensuring that you’ve attached sufficient postage and allowed enough time for your ballot to reach the Board of Elections no later than Election Day (allow at least 3-4 days to be safe).
  • Via Drop box: In response to COVID-19, the State Elections Board recently approved a new rule to allow voters to physically return their ballots to the County Board of Elections by placing it in a drop box so as to avoid person-to-person contact (and without having to pay for postage to return it via mail). You must return your ballot no later than Election Day for it to be counted.
    • Fulton County has nearly two dozen drop boxes scattered throughout the county. Find the one closest to you using the interactive map found here.

(2) In-person Early Voting (starting July 20, 2020)

Starting Monday, July 20th, you may cast your vote in-person at any of the early voting polling sites available throughout Fulton County.

The full list of early voting sites and times is available here and in the graphic included below.

(3) Election-Day Voting (August 11, 2020)

On Election Day (Tuesday, August 11th), polls will be open from 7a–7p. Unlike for early voting, on Election Day, you may only cast your ballot at your specific polling location.

Find your polling location here.


WHO & WHAT

As you make your plan to vote in the August 11th election, keep in mind that it’s a runoff for the primary and nonpartisan elections held on June 9th. In races where no candidate received higher than 50% of the vote, a runoff is required by state law.

Download your personalized sample ballot here.

PARTISAN BALLOT RACES

  • Fulton County District Attorney
    • DEMOCRATIC BALLOT:
      • Paul Howard (Incumbent) – website
        • Mr. Howard has served as Fulton County District Attorney since January 1997, making history as the first African-American district attorney in Georgia. He spent four years as Fulton County Solicitor General prior to that and was first admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1976.
        • ETHICS COMPLAINT: Last month, the State Ethics Commission filed a 12-count complaint against Mr. Howard, accusing him of failing to report supplemental salary income he received in his role as District Attorney for at least four years. The case is pending.
        • GBI INVESTIGATION: On May 4th, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, at the request of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, opened a formal investigation into Mr. Howard’s use of nonprofit funds to supplement his salary.
        • SEXUAL-HARASSMENT CHARGES: At least two women have publicly charged Mr. Howard with claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, all denied by Mr. Howard. An investigation by Fulton County found the charges meritless, but at least one accuser has filed a federal lawsuit against Mr. Howard.
      • Fani Willis – website
        • I have endorsed Ms. Willis for Fulton District Attorney.
        • Ms. Willis is the former Chief Municipal Judge for the new city of South Fulton; a position she resigned to run for DA. She is a former prosecutor for Fulton County, where she served for 16 years. Most recently, she was supervisor for the DA’s trial division, where she prosecuted some of the county’s biggest cases, including the Atlanta Public Schools’ cheating scandal. She is in private practice now and was first admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1996. Ms. Willis ran unsuccessfully for Fulton County Superior Court judge in 2018.
  • Fulton County Sheriff
    • DEMOCRATIC BALLOT:
      • Theodore “Ted” Jackson (Incumbent) – website
        • Sheriff Jackson was first elected in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Prior to being elected Sheriff, he spent 32 years with the FBI.
        • Q&A: You can read Sheriff Jackson’s responses in the Reporter Newspaper Voter Guide here.
      • Patrick “Pat” Labat – website
        • Mr. Labat is the retired Chief of the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections, a post he held for 10 years.
        • Q&A: You can read Chief Labat’s responses in the Reporter Newspaper Voter Guide here.
        • Q&A: You can listen to Chief Labat’s recent interview with Rashad Richey of radio station WAOK here.

NONPARTISAN BALLOT RACES

  • Atlanta Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Judge (to succeed Constance C. Russell)
    • Melynee Leftridge Harris – website
      • Judge Harris has served as a full-time magistrate judge in Fulton County since 2010. Prior to that, she served as a part-time magistrate judge for three years. She was first admitted to practice law in Georgia in 1991.
      • Q&A: You can read Judge Harris’s responses in the Reporter Newspaper Voter Guide here.
    • Tamika Hrobowski–Houston – website
      • Ms. Hrobowski–Houston is a former prosecutor who has served as a judicial officer since 2016 for the Fulton County Superior Court Family Division. She was first admitted to practice law in Georgia in 2001.