The General Election may be over, but there are still some outstanding races that require two separate runoff elections.

The first is a Dec. 1 runoff for the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney, which covers both Oconee and Clarke counties. The race is between Athens attorney Deborah Gonzalez, a Democrat, and Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney James Chafin, who is running without a party label. 

All of Oconee’s polling places will be open on the day of the election. To locate one’s assigned precinct, visit To request an absentee ballot for the special runoff, voters will need to submit a paper absentee ballot application from Be sure to print, sign and scan back to fax to (706) 310-3486 or mail to P.O. Box 958 Watkinsville, GA 30677. 

Early voting for the Dec. 1 runoff is from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oconee County Civic Center. 

The next election will be Jan. 5 to decide the fate of two U.S. Senate seats and the Georgia Public Service Commissioner. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced last week that the statewide race was moved from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5. However, the state is unable to move the local DA election because it’s a runoff of a special election. 

Candidates for the Georgia Public Service Commissioner are Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonaldand Democrat Daniel Blackman. 

Candidates for one U.S. Senate seat are Republican incumbent David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The other is between Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock. 

Early voting for that election starts Dec. 14 and ends on Thursday, Dec. 31. Each day, the Civic Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. That polling site will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

For questions about the upcoming elections, contact the Oconee Elections Office at (706) 769-3958.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 19 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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