Nearly 800,000 people have already requested absentee ballots for Georgia's upcoming runoff elections that will decide which party has the majority in the Senate, the state's election official said.
In Georgia, voters who wish to vote absentee do not need to provide a reason. They are allowed to submit an application for an absentee ballot online, by mail, by fax, or in person.
In response to the influx of absentee ballots, the five-member election board voted to extend two emergency rules, allowing counties to continue using absentee ballot drop boxes and requiring counties to process absentee ballots starting the week before the January runoffs.
Georgia's two Senate seats were sent into runoffs after no candidates reached the 50 percent of the vote needed to win. The Republican incumbents, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, will face off again with their Democrat challengers, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively, on Jan. 5, 2021.
Both Republican candidates have argued that they must be reelected in order to prevent the Democrats from gaining enough power to carry out their socialist agenda.
Earlier this month, Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said he's moving to Georgia to help Democrats in the runoffs and urged his 1.7 million followers to do the same.
"This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done in the next 4 years," Yang wrote on Twitter. "More details to come but let's go!!!"