Georgia polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday within the all-important Senate runoff elections, however we gained’t begin getting outcomes till shortly after voting locations begin closing at 7 p.m. With New York Occasions reporters on the bottom throughout the state, right here’s a fast information for easy methods to observe alongside.
First, the races:
One is a frequently scheduled contest by which Senator David Perdue, a Republican, is working for a second time period towards Jon Ossoff, a Democrat. Mr. Perdue virtually gained in November however ended up just shy of a majority, with 49.7 p.c of the vote to Mr. Ossoff’s 47.9 p.c, triggering a runoff beneath Georgia regulation.
The second race is a particular election between Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. In a crowded field in November, Mr. Warnock obtained 32.9 p.c of the vote and Ms. Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat, obtained 25.9 p.c. The winner of the runoff will serve out the rest of former Senator Johnny Isakson’s time period, which ends in 2022.
If Democrats win each races, they may create a 50-50 break up within the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris appearing as tiebreaker. If Republicans win both race, they may retain management of the Senate and the power to dam a lot of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s agenda.
We’ll have a good suggestion by midmorning Tuesday about what turnout appears to be like like: Democrats are relying on large numbers in main cities and the Atlanta suburbs, and Republicans want numerous voters in smaller cities, rural areas and strongholds like northern Georgia.
The Occasions can be masking the runoffs all day and night time. A stay weblog can be printed Tuesday morning, and a hyperlink can be added to this text as soon as it’s obtainable.
You can too observe the vote counts on The Occasions’s outcomes pages, which can embrace stay evaluation from reporters. These pages will go stay Tuesday afternoon.
After we’ll know the winners is an open query. With outcomes coming in round 7:30 p.m., we might know who gained by late Tuesday night time — but when the races are very tight, it might additionally take a number of days. Whereas greater than three million Georgians voted early, their ballots can’t be tabulated till the polls shut.
Lengthy traces might additionally trigger delays. (Any Georgian who’s in line by 7 p.m. has the precise to vote.) In previous elections, lines have been a particular problem in and round cities, like Atlanta, which have massive Black populations and are closely Democratic.
When Georgia’s early voting interval for the final election started in October, some voters in Atlanta and its suburbs, akin to Fulton and Gwinnett Counties, waited so long as eight hours, and features have been additionally lengthy in Chatham County, which incorporates Savannah. Within the state’s major election in June, it was previous midnight by the point the final voters — all of whom had been in line by 7 p.m. — forged their ballots.