Early voting for runoff nears halfway point

Nearly 300 Elbert County voters had cast ballots in the early voting period for the Georgia primary runoff elections through Monday, according to Chief Registrar Charlotte Ward.
Including those who had voted in person and returned paper absentee ballots, there were a total of 200 voters in the Republican runoff and 93 in the Democratic runoff.
Early voting continues through July 20 at the Registrar’s Office on Forest Avenue in Elberton. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there is no Saturday voting for the runoff. Election Day is Tuesday, July 24.
On the Republican ballot are statewide runoffs for governor between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp; for lieutenant governor between state Rep. Geoff Duncan and state Sen. David Shafer; and for secretary of state between former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle and state Rep. Brad Raffensberger.
Only one contest is on the Democratic ballot, with Sid Chapman and Elbert County native Otha Thornton seeking the nomination for state school superintendent.
Voters are reminded that if they voted in the May 22 primary, they can only vote in the runoff for the same party’s ballot they chose in the primary. Those who did not vote at all in the primary can vote in either the Democratic or Republican runoff.
Voters needing an absentee ballot mailed to them or with other questions about the runoff elections should call the Registrar’s Office at 706-283-2012.

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