— By FOX 31 Staff, WFXL FOX 31, January 2, 2020 —
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that a special election required for Senate District 13 will be held in February.
The special election became vacant with the death of Senator Greg Kirk on December 23.
In a release, officials said the special election will be February 4 for the district, which includes parts of Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Sumter, Tift, Worth, Turner, and Wilcox counties. A run-off, if needed, will be held on March 3.
Qualifying for the special election will be in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, in Atlanta, on January 2 and 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on January 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., according to officials. The qualifying fee is $400.
Officials say the last day to register to vote in the special election is January 9.
The Secretary of State is Georgia’s chief election officer and has the mission to help ensure, secure, and accurate elections, according to the release. Officials say county election officials run the actual elections and handle voter registration.
Georgia is a leader in election innovation and access with automatic voter registration through the Department of Driver Services, three weeks of early voting – including a Saturday, and no-excuse absentee voting. Officials add, Georgia is the top state in the number of motor voter registrations and in the last election cycle experienced record registration and a record increase in turnout.