Election workers around the state are bracing for a hand tally of the five million votes cast in the presidential election, a grueling process Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger labeled an audit, a recount, and a recanvass, all at once.
Counties have until next Friday to finish that count and then many workers must then ready themselves for local, state, and federal recount races around Georgia, including those in Clarke and Oconee counties.
We spoke with both candidates vying for the seat of Western Judicial Circuit DA about the December 1st date. Attorney Deborah Gonzalez would like to see legislators approve combining races.
“It could really be a money saver if we were able to combine these elections together. But separate dates like this have always been used, and you’ll hear this in different parts of our state as just another strategy of voter suppression, of trying to have as few people come out to vote on specific elections and races."
Her opponent, Chief Assistant DA James Chafin.
“I want to make sure that we are concentrating on getting just as many people as possible, that your District Attorney is being decided by our community on December 1, 2020, with early voting on November 23, 24, and 25."
They both have similar messages to their supporters and voters.
“I just want to remind people, go vote for your District Attorney. I am asking you, please vote for Deborah Gonzalez for DA.”
“We are just so thankful. Thank you for coming out and voting, thank you for selecting me as your next District Attorney.”
Residents will then vote in a federal runoff to decide the next U.S. Senators to represent Georgia a little over a month later.