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Few issues, high turnout in Hall for Senate runoffs, election officials say
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Voters prepare to cast their ballot Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Gainesville 1 precinct in the U.S. Senate runoff election. - photo by Scott Rogers

With all precincts reporting, 78,733 ballots had been cast in Hall County in Georgia runoffs for two U.S. Senate seats, according to Hall County’s election website. That number represents nearly 60% of the county’s 131,260 registered voters.

By comparison, 70.9% voted in the Nov. 3 general election, or 90,922 of 128,228 voters registered at that time.


Hall’s unofficial results on Wednesday showed Republican incumbent David Perdue received 56,922 votes, or 72%, to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff’s 21,723, or 28%; and Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler garnered 56,488, or 72%, to Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock’s 22,132, or 28%.

The county also went overwhelmingly for Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald in the Public Service Commission runoff.


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Here’s the breakdown of ballots cast in the Senate races in Hall, according to the county’s preliminary summary report as of Wednesday, Jan. 6:

Perdue-Ossoff race

  • 9,472, absentee ballots cast for Perdue

  • 27,334 early in-person ballots cast for Perdue

  • 20,116, in-person ballots cast on Election Day for Perdue

  • 7,911 absentee ballots cast for Ossoff

  • 8,227, early in-person ballots cast for Ossoff

  • 5,585, in-person ballots cast for Ossoff on Election Day

Loeffler-Warnock race

  • 9,324, absentee ballots cast for Loeffler

  • 27,183, early in-person ballots cast for Loeffler

  • 19,981, in-person ballots cast for Loeffler on Election Day

  • 8,050, absentee ballots cast for Warnock

  • 8,373, early in-person ballots cast for Warnock

  • 5,709, in-person ballots cast for Warnock on Election Day

In total, 17,383 Hall voters cast an absentee ballot, 35,561 voted early in-person and 17,383 voted on Election Day, Jan. 5, in the Perdue-Ossoff race.

And 17,374 voted by absentee ballot, 35,556 early in-person and 25,690 on the day of the election in the Loeffler-Warnock race.

Out of the 90,922 people who voted in Hall in the Nov. 3 general election,  21,690 cast an absentee ballot; 53,755 voted early in-person; and 15,477 voted on the day of the election.

Of the runoff, Hall spokeswoman Katie Crumley said Tuesday turnout “has been higher, traditionally, than other runoff elections.” Crumley added that there were “no reports of significantly long lines” at precincts during Election Day voting, but that "It’s been steady."

Lines started forming early Tuesday morning, but “the number of people varied depending on precinct,” Crumley said. “Some reported approximately 20 in line while others had only one or two. Due to the limited number of races on the ballot, those waiting in line went through quickly.”

Overall, “there are no major issues to report,” she said. “Precincts have seen steady traffic but have not reported any significant wait times. 

The Hall County Election Board did reject a couple of ballots after a Tuesday afternoon meeting. The board upheld a challenge against two out-of-state residents — including one who was a former Hall County poll worker — who tried to vote by absentee ballot. The person challenging the ballot was a relative of one of the former residents.

The board also voted to refer the matter to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.


Overall, “there are no major issues to report,” she said. “Precincts have seen steady traffic but have not reported any significant wait times. 

The Hall County Election Board did reject a couple of ballots after a Tuesday afternoon meeting. The board upheld a challenge against two out-of-state residents — including one who was a former Hall County poll worker — who tried to vote by absentee ballot. The person challenging the ballot was a relative of one of the former residents.

The board also voted to refer the matter to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

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Poll worker Susan Joninas helps a voter Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Gainesville 1 precinct at First Baptist Church during the U.S. Senate runoff election. - photo by Scott Rogers
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