Secretary of state makes official call for special election

Dec. 28—ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State's office gave official notice Wednesday of a Special Election that will be held on Jan. 31 in Colquitt, Cook, Seminole, Decatur, Grady, Thomas and Brooks Counties for Georgia Senate District 11 to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Sen. Dean Burke. A runoff, if needed, would be held on Feb. 28.

Qualifying for the special election will be held at the Georgia Secretary of State's Office at 2 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 802, Floyd West Tower in Atlanta. The dates and hours of qualifying will be Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.; Thursday, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.; and Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. The qualifying fee will be $400.

Jan. 3 is the last day to register to vote for all persons who are not registered and who desire to vote in the special election. Advance in-person absentee voting will begin on Jan. 9.