THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The two US Senate seats for the state of Georgia will be contested in elections due to take place on January 5, 2021. The runoff elections follow the 2020 election where incumbent Senator David Perdue failed to reach 50% of the vote, while the second seat - a special election following the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson - also failed to see a candidate reach 50% of the vote.
The runoff elections on January 5 will see Senator Perdue take on Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, and Republican Kelly Loeffler against Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.
If you're a US citizen eligible to vote in the state of Georgia, you're still able to do so from abroad. According to the US Embassy, if you "already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote for the 2020 General Election, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot for the Special Election, by the same method (email or mail) that you selected for receiving your General Election ballot". If you didn't register to vote, you can still fill out an FPCA to vote in the special runoff elections, as the deadline for registration is December 7th.
As was the case during the 2020 election, the US Embassy in London is able to accept FPCAs and absentee ballots for delivery via diplomatic pouch. The process is slightly different than the drop-off system operational during the 2020 election, as the Embassy is asking you to e-mail LondonVote@state.gov if you wish to drop off your ballot or FPCA at the Embassy. You can also mail your FPCA or ballot to the US Embassy for inclusion in its diplomatic pouch, although the Embassy stresses that "you must still properly address your ballot envelope to your local election officials before placing it in a local mail envelope".
The Embassy's address is:
Embassy of the United States
American Citizen Services
33 Nine Elms Lane
If you're already registered to vote in Georgia, and are in the 5th Congressional District, you may also be eligible to vote in a special election runoff on December 1, 2020, for that District's US Congressional Representative.
For more details on the Georgia runoffs, go to www.fvap.gov/georgia. For information on voting assistance from the US Embassy, go to uk.usembassy.gov/georgia-special-election-voting-message/.